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When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.
An animated masterpeach.
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.
Part of my Scavenger Hunt #2 list. Task:
8. A Film featuring Claymation or Stop Motion
I'm determined to watch all of the movies on this list within this month, I'm wearing a wig (long non-tragic story), my boyfriend hangs out with 90year-old men handling bees and James and the Giant Peach felt like the perfect movie to watch. Like taking a deep breath before diving, because A Serbian Film is up next.
Unfortunately, I've never had the privilege to have read the works of Roald Dahl growing up. But I did grow up watching Czechoslovakian children programs with puppets, and us Swedes had a lot of strange things going on as well. A whole generation having childhood traumas due…
It had been at least a decade since I last saw this one. I found the live action parts incredibly abrasive, but that animation is glorious and has aged immensely well. The humor's still there as well.
A film and book I grew up loving, James and the Giant Peach is a very bizarre and peculiar story, as usual with Road Dahl's style, with some plot points even structured very strangely and abruptly. However, the film itself is largely imaginative as it mixes live-action and stop-motion animation together marvelously, along with wonderful characters and heartwarming musical numbers to make a perfectly enjoyable piece of fantasy.
Also, to Sam Mendes: Please don't do a remake of this. You're better than that.
James and the Giant Peach boasts remarkable stop-motion animation, but suffers from an unremarkable narrative and a forgettable soundtrack from the usually reliable Randy Newman.
The songs were the only thing here that actively annoyed me, but I never connected deeply with this, either; the characterizations were pretty non-existent and the episodic nature of the story didn't speak to me at all.
Tim Burton-y design is a plus, absence of idealized Disney Princess and Prince is a plus, otherwise... meh. Joanna Lumley was funny.
imma take that rhino and those pirates to my fucking grave... jesus CHRIST.
was this movie good?
I thoroughly enjoyed returning to this film. Having a sister 12 years younger than me allowed me to keep watching kid’s/family films well into my late teens and early 20’s, which is great fun when they are as good as this. It’s based on a children’s novel and definitely has that storybook feel thanks to Pete Postlethwaite’s appearance as narrator and a beautiful production design within a non-widescreen lensing from Henry Selick, right after his impressive Nightmare Before Christmas. The stop-motion designs are refreshingly unique and the musical numbers make it an enjoyable adventure for a kid escaping his evil aunts. Speaking of, Joanna Lumley is like a cartoon character come to life – her costume and make-up are so…
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A mysterious hobo hands a small immigrant child a Mcdonald's bag filled with slimey, glowing, skittering crocodile tongues, saying they were boiled in the head of a dead witch, with monkey fingers and 3 spoonfuls of sugar. And by the moonlight for 20 days and 20 nights. He later goes on to say..
"Take these and you'll never be miserable again."
"But this doesnt make sense"
"Not in here it doesnt" he says, pointing to his head,
"But it will. In there." Pointing to the boy's chest
The answers are in there.
later, the tongues get spilt and crawl into a peach tree, and suddenly a gigantic peach is spawned.
The boy's surrogate lesbian slavemasters find it and decide to…
This gave me legit nightmares when I was a kid and it still does if I think about it too much it was creepy and gross and that's my in depth review of James and the Giant Peach bye
Definitely style over substance for this film.
I love it. It's inventive, funny and emotional.
A film to remember sometimes you just need to enjoy.
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!
Many favorites, as well as a small handful of films that I don't care for... in no particular order (1960-2014).