James and the Giant Peach (Special Edition)

Starring: Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes & Paul Terry Director: Henry Selick  Rated: PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
Adventures this big don't grow on trees.
Rating 4.2
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 19 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Walt Disney Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
    • "Good News" music video performed by Randy Newman
    • Original theatrical trailer
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - French, Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 12/01/1996
"...Some startling beauty..." - Recommended
Rolling Stone - 05/16/1996
"...Finally a fun-house whirl that's not just for the kids....It's bliss..."
Sight and Sound - 08/01/1996
"...One of the most striking works of animation of the last ten years..."
USA Today - 04/12/1996
"...JAMES is a stunner with a breathtaking array of eye-teasers..." -- 3 out of 4 stars
Entertainment Weekly - 10/18/1996
"...Enchanting....A bona fide classic." -- Rating: A
Variety - 04/08/1996
"...A delightfully demented creation that's every bit as surreal and scary as it is touching....An extraordinary achievement..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/12/1996
"...[The film] brings stop-motion to a new plateau....All of the creatures, especially the colorful insects that share James' journey, are brought to vivid life..."

Product Description:

After James's parents are killed by a rogue rhinoceros, he is forced to live with his nasty aunts far from any kind of fun. But when a gigantic peach begins growing in the yard and James befriends the large insects who live inside, he sees a way to escape from his wicked aunts to New York City. JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH is a magical musical adventure based on the classic children's book by Roald Dahl, featuring an all-star cast as the voices of the assorted insects.

Plot Synopsis:

This Disney film combines live action with stunning stop-motion animation as it tells the story of a child's fantastic adventure.
In the live-action prologue, a recently orphaned British boy named James comes to own a bag of glowing, magical crocodile tongues. When he drops some of them near a tree, a peach grows--and grows, until it reaches gigantic proportions. One night, James crawls inside the fruit (at which point the film becomes animated) and meets the six fascinating insects that reside within. The bugs become his new family, and together they set sail in the giant peach, floating toward New York City.
During their voyage, James and his antennaed friends experience wild adventures--and danger. And when they arrive in New York, they decide to make it their new home...and live happily ever after.

Plot Keywords:

Disney Film | Family (General) | Fantasy | High Flying | Kids Adventure | Recommended | Stop-Motion Animation | Surreal | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Released theatrically in the USA April 12, 1996.
  • Color by Monaco Film Labs; prints by Technicolor.
  • Additional credits: Lane Smith (conceptual designer), Paul Berry (animation supervisor), Kelly Asbury, Joe Ranft (storyboard supervisors), Dean L. Jones (assistant director)
  • Rated BBFC U by the British Board of Film Classification.

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  • Sales Rank: 103,022
  • UPC: 786936799446
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