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Terrific combo of live action and stop-motion animation highlights this adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1961 children's book. Orphaned James is sent to live with his wicked aunts. When magic "crocodile tongues," given to James by a hobo, spill at the base of a peach tree, one fruit grows to such a tremendous size that James crawls inside, meets six insect friends, and goes on numerous adventures, all the while trying to face his fears. Dahl's books are creepy and since the people who brought you "Nightmare Before Christmas" are also doing "James," expect the visuals to be astonishing but too scary for the little ones.

Buena Vista Home Entertainment, 500 S. Buena Vista St., Burbank, CA 91521-1120, Toll-free: 800-723-4763, URL:

Available on Running time 80 minutes.

Cast and Crew

Live Action/Animation Combos, Fantasy, Adoption & Orphans, Childhood Visions, Books to Film: Roald Dahl, Aunts & Uncles, Nieces & Nephews, Spiders
Pete Kozachik, Hiro Narita
Henry Selick
Randy Newman
Paul Terry, Pete Postlethwaite, Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, David Thewlis, Simon Callow, Jane Leeves
Tim Burton, Denise Di Novi, Jake Eberts, Walt Disney Pictures, Allied Film Makers, Buena Vista

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James and the Giant Peach
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I used to watch this all the time when I was little! James had a happy life until it was 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. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York away from his evil aunts.