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James and the Giant Peach
Adventures this big don't grow on trees.
James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden.
Based on the Roald Dahl story, Henry Selick's "James and the Giant Peach" is good looking, stop-motion, musical tale that follows young James on his journey across the Atlantic in a giant peach. The film has enough whimsy for younger audiences and enough dark corners for older audiences to enjoy.
What keeps "James and the Giant Peach" from being a film on par with other dark, stop-motion adventures of the Burton/Selick/Laika mold is a story that never fully engrosses. The narrative seems clipped and short; it never allows its audience to gain a foothold in it. The imagery of its animated characters and environs seems to be at a much higher premium than the film's story. It's style vs. substance, and, here, style wins out. Still, that style makes for a film that is worth seeing.
An animated masterpeach.
Completely harmless, perfectly paced family fun. Much too overlooked and underrated.
Although 1st prize goes to Paul Terry for being the most goddamn irritating child actor in existence.
This film prooved to be a mix of two opposing styles for me.
On one hand, I love stop-motion films. I really enjoy watching stop-motion, the sets and characters. Stop-motion has become my favorite animation style.
But on the other hand, I really dislike musicals. I never see the reason to break into songs mid sentence and carry a big dance routine and sing along.
So James and the Giant Peach combined them.
And I don't know what to really say.
So in the end it all came to the story.
And while the story is a nice story, the film does miss it a bit.
The live action sequences don't…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
-the metal shark and its demise is fucking bad ass
-Centipede is my favorite
-Grasshopper is awesome
-the scene where the peach rolls down the hill and is about to obliterate the church but is then hoisted up by the gazebo thing... was masterful
-it made me feel uncomfortable being able to see up Ladybug's dress
-almost every live action set looked terrible
-Spider was great
-Didn't get why James turned back into a human and all the bugs didn't at the end
-I don't think any of the songs were necessary, although Randy Newman did great with the score
-the action scenes with the shark and skeletons are seriously so awesome. Especially the last minute or so of each of those set pieces. Fantastic
-those aunts are SO gross
-those poor seagulls
-the fence around the peach was genius
-Paul Terry sucks
-peach beer! brilliant!
ok I think that's it.
A fantastic stop-motion/live-action film based on the children's book by Roald Dahl.
Great animation that comes to life thanks to some talented voice acting. The Randy Newman score is a delight as well.
Weird and creepy animation which looks like Tim Burton. A funny and pretty quirky story based on the Roald Dahl classic. A good watch.
This is a whimsical, fantastical adventure, more than a bit absurd and bizarre, but if you put aside a need for it to conform to the real world, it's a fun story.
I almost think that the over-exaggeration of things in the film reflects a child's mindset. James is like 7, and the movie is taking you into the world as he sees it, where things are bigger, scarier, more colorful than they actually are.
The animation and character designs are really outstanding. The color, the designs, and the care put into the puppets is simply wonderful. If you love stop motion the film is worth seeing simply for that.
There are also several good messages for kids: Family are…
I do love stop-motion movies, but those beady little black eyes of James freak me out a little.
I have never liked peaches. Traveling in one from Edinburgh to New York City would be pretty awful. Still like the movie though.
Miles better than the dollar-hungry hollywood computer-mation currently around. Enough darkness for the adult to hide in and plenty of weird whimsy for kids. Even as producer, it has Tim Burton's stamp.
The book was better
The 1996 mostly-animated picture James and the Giant Peach doesn't necessarily suffer from a lack of fun. It has a vibrant style that feels partially influenced by Tim Burton (which makes sense, given this director learned under him in The Nightmare Before Christmas). It blends over-exaggerated, non-naturalistic acting with cartoonish claymation in a way that may make some children happy and entertained. But judging the piece on its merits, it's a picture that transcends over-the-top to become something too far gone for me to appreciate.
I know it's a bad thing to gripe about realism within a picture that features an oversized peach, but everything about this piece is too far removed from reality to even comprehend. The idea that…
I'm not sold on the live action parts of this movie. Also the James puppet looks really weird. The skinny aunt is terrifying.
Big-screen adaptations of Roald Dahl's work have had a long and chequered history. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was disowned by Dahl after director Mel Stuart vetoed his choice of Spike Milligan for the lead. The Witches, directed by Nicolas Roeg (of all people), was picketed by the author just before his death, on the grounds that the ending was changed against his wishes. It's only recently that the Dahl estate has been more willing to allow adaptations of his work, and even then the results are rather uneven. While Tim Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory really captured the dark and creepy undertones of the text, Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox alienated many audiences by its seeming condescension…
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