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James and The Giant Peach

James and The Giant Peach

classified U

Roald Dahl on Film


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2016

Henry Selick
Paul Terry, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite
79 mins, 1996, UK/USA

Henry Selick, the director of The Nightmare Before Christmas, beautifully captures the free-floating sense of adventure and wonder in this adaptation of Dahl’s creepy-crawly classic tale.

When his parents are killed by a giant rhino, James has to live with his two horrid aunts. However, after he is given some magic boiled crocodile tongues, amazing things begin to happen: a dead peach tree bears a gigantic fruit, and diving into its core, James sets off on an incredible journey acoss the Atlantic with the the friendly insects (including a fast-talking centipede and a lovely ladybird) who live inside the mega peach.

Delightfully mixing live action, stop motion animation, great voices (from the likes of Susan Sarandon, Simon Callow and David Thewlis) with catchy tunes from the always amazing Randy Newman (Toy Story), this is a magical, fruity, peach of a film. Enjoy!

  • Before the film why not make your own puppet character inspired by the bugs in the film with our Make A Finger Puppet Workshop (Fri 5 Aug 10:00 - 12:00).