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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.
Review from my VOD column "This Week on Demand".
Roald Dahl’s source material is perfectly suited to the creepy style of Henry Selick, who makes his sophomore effort with James and the Giant Peach, the tale of the titular young boy who escapes the malice of his evil aunts in an overgrown piece of fruit populated by various insect inhabitants. Blending live action with the stop-motion of his first film (The Nightmare Before Christmas, reviewed below), Selick does justice to the characteristic Quentin Blake illustrations so beloved by fans of Dahl’s books, his characters lovingly tailored to respect Blake’s vision while best serving their newly-added dimensions. Enacted by a delightful voice cast including Richard Dreyfuss, Simon Callow, Susan Sarandon, and Pete Postlethwaite as narrator, it’s a terrific stowaway adventure with a visual inventiveness that allows it to avoid being dictated by the confines of its fruity setting. And let’s not forget the terrific addition of Randy Newman’s memorable songs.
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.
that centipede is annoying as hell
A very underatted flick that i just watched recently because of its fun performances, likeable charm and effects that are kind of awesome.
Wonderful film, one of my favorites. Selick is a creative powerhouse.
The story is about a young boy goes on a magical journey to New York City with a group of insects inside a gigantic peach. The animation is very good in this movie, but I liked the book more then the film because I thought this movie was a bit to dark and kind of dull at times.
- We'll always be together, right?
- Kid, you're stuck with us, for life.
Interesting little animated movie that I never saw before. Great animation, fun songs, likable characters (and some detestable too!). Great imagination from the producers.
This is just creepy and weird and I wish my kid didn't want to watch it.
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