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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.
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…
Henry Selick, director of such other stop-motion nonsense, crafts this dazzling weirdo of a movie. Whatever else I can think to say about James and the Giant Peach will not be more important than this: where's the stellar pace of Coraline? Perhaps since 1996, the director learned a thing or two, or perhaps it had to do with the script, but this thing's for sure: the pace of this film is awkward. For one, it's way too fast. I notice that often with kids movies (kids have a short attention span), but it's even more so here. For two, the film has no where else to go than to look at James and his peach (once that becomes the established…
Familiar Roald Dahl book turned into a movie, which does a fascinating job of combining live-action and animation. James has a desire to escape his dreadful aunts (acted terrifyingly by the two actresses), and gets his chance when a mysterious old man offers him a bag of magical something-or-others. These magical things not only make a peach grow to gargantuan proportions, but turn James into an animated version of himself, and make several insects enormous as well. They then journey to New York City. Good film, despite some awfully cheesy musical numbers. Notice the cameo by a Jack Skellington look alike.
Oscar Nomination for Original Score.
Poor Disney. The studio acts like an autistic teenager who still believes in Santa Claus and telling the other children to act as naive as well (at least until the 2000s, then the kid grew up to be an evil corporate maniac). Instead of building intelligent messages cleverly hidden under innocent guises like its counterpart (Pixar) would later do, James and the Giant Peach would have kids believe that the city is any less abusive to homeless children than the countryside. It's like an hour an a half long advertisement for New York City, hailed as the greatest place to live in throughout this silly travesty.
The sub-plot that deals with battling your childhood demons and not restraining a child's…
I thought the live action parts of this were pretty awful, but once the movie becomes animated it is wildly inventive and fun to watch. But the songs are kind of annoying.
James and the Giant Peach is better than A Nightmare Before Christmas.
The songs take some getting used to (and aren't quite as earworm-worthy), but aside from this, I find it a much more interesting picture in pretty much every other way.
Forgettable movie that is original and different.
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