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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.
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.
An animated masterpeach.
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 is not a musical. But it sure felt like it should be classified as one. And unfortunately not a very good one either.
This is just creepy and weird and I wish my kid didn't want to watch it.
Pretty cute and fun.
While the animation is impressive, the insistence on making the animals representations of well-dated racial stereotypes can take a viewer out of this film for the most part. Also, the main child actor cannot sing and that is a problem. The Jack Skellington cameo was nice though.
From that Nightmare Before Christmas guy comes another oddball creepy animation based off an adventurous Roald Dahl book about a flying peach with a boy and a bunch of mutant insects living inside. They're headed for New York City, and have some bizarre adventures along the way involving undead pirates, evil harpoon sharks, and seagulls. All the while being chased by the young boy's evil aunts. It's inspiring and beautifully animated, but also oddly dark and sometimes over-the-top. Not entirely consistent with the book either, but it's a solid animation.
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.
We originally took our children to see it when it came out and it quickly became a family favorite. We watched it to see how it held up and it did pretty darned well.
You sir, are an ass.
Well, this was pretty dreadful in most respects. Sometimes crafting a scathing review can be a ton of fun, but I really don’t want to waste a lot of time on this one. So forgive me if this rambles, but I really don’t even know where to start. The kid playing James, Paul Terry, was truly awful. I hated him. James is the least interesting part of the book, too, but here they put so much attention on him that you’re constantly reminded of how annoying (“fwiends”) he is. And the animation model for him is absolutely hideous, with that humungous head and those beady eyes. The songs by Randy Newman (ugh) are typically forgettable Disney crap, no fun at…
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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).