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Story

Roald Dahl's modern classic for children becomes a delightful combination of live action and stop-motion animation by the team that made The Nightmare Before Christmas: director Henry Selick and producers Tim Burton (Batman) and Denise Di Novi. The story concerns young James (played for real and through voice-overs by Paul Terry), who is orphaned and left in the charge of two cruel aunts (Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley). Rescued by a mysterious fellow (Pete Postlethwaite), James ends up inside a giant peach, drifting over the Atlantic Ocean in the company of a gentleman grasshopper (voiced by Simon Callow), a fast-talking centipede (Richard Dreyfuss), an anxious earthworm (David Thewlis), a matronly ladybug (Jane Leeves), and a sexy spider (Susan Sarandon). The collection of actors and their creepy-crawly alter egos are a delight, especially when some of the song-and-dance numbers (tunes are written by Randy Newman) get everyone going. --Tom Keogh

Cast

Simon CallowGrasshopper (voice)
Richard DreyfussCentipede (voice)
Jane LeevesLadybug (voice)
Joanna LumleyAunt Spiker
Miriam MargolyesAunt Sponge/The Glowworm (voice)
Pete PostlethwaiteOld Man
Susan SarandonMiss Spider (voice)
Paul TerryJames
David ThewlisEarthworm (voice)
Cirocco DunlapGirl With Telescope
Steven CulpJames' Father
Michael GirardinReporter #1
J. Stephen CoyleReporter #2
Tony HaneyReporter #3
Kathryn HowellWoman in Bathrobe (as Katherine Howell)

  • Genre: Animated Movies
  • Theme(s): Fantasy, Family
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Producer: Buena Vista
  • Length: 79 Min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaApr 12, 1996
    EuropeAug 2, 1996
    JapanDec 14, 1996
    AustraliaApr 3, 1997
  • Ratings
    North AmericaPG
    EuropeU
    AustraliaPG
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaAug 3, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaMar 2, 2004
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