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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.
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.
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.
Creatively curious but doesn't hit home the way it should. The songs are alright, but far from Newman's best. Brava to Disney, nonetheless, for greenlighting such an interesting project.
James and The Giant Peach is a nice, magical, clever film, but it simply lacks narrative content. Roald Dahl's book was not long after all. To alleviate this, Randy Newman is asked to provide a good many songs, which are okay, except for the first, "My Name Is James", which is awfully simple and sung badly by young Paul Thery, who cannot pronounce his R's. Moreover, the songs do not actually add anything to the narrative, and rather than delight, I couldn't help but feel they were padding out the film somewhat. The main point of interest from a film lover's point of view of course is that this is Henry Selick's first film after "Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before…
Saw this in theaters and had nightmares and now I don't remember any of it.
Overall pretty cute story about a boy whose parents die and goes to live with his cruel aunts who happens to get inside this huge peach that grows in their backyard and follows his adventure to New York accompained by several insects. I wasn't blown away by the graphics nor the story, especially since this is Selick's but it still manages to be an adorable tale.
Henry Selick's stop-motion animation is always awesome and you can't really mess up Roald Dahl's imaginative, slightly twisted source material. Disney sure does try to "Disney-fy" it though. The live-action scenes are shabby and cloying, complete with corny music from master schlock-meister Randy Newman. See it for the innovative animation, it's just not as top-to-bottom solid as The Nightmare Before Christmas or Coraline.
James and the Giant Peach is an enjoyable, whimsical family film that I decided to revisit recently. Did it hold up? Surprisingly yes. Like a colorful fairy-tale novel sprung onto the screen, James and the Giant Peach has charming characters, brisk pacing and solid performances. I've never been too fond of musical moments in kids films and it was no different here, and the newspaper highlight ending was kind of corny in my opinion. Don't take these gripes into account though as they are entirely subjective. Adults will either like or not care for it, but most children will love James and The Giant Peach.
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Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).