James and the Giant Peach
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A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of British TV hit Absolutely Fabulous). The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"The film is a technical tour de force, featuring a wealth of inventive design ideas. But James never develops the emotional dimension that Nightmare possessed."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"This movie remembers what fun is."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"This film adaptation of his James and the Giant Peach, though capturing Dahl's comic brilliance, does not shy away from the tale's surreal grimness."
‑ Chris Wright, Boston Phoenix
"Ultimately, though, it isn't nearly as flavorful as Roald Dahl's deliciously perverse children's book, upon which the movie is based."
‑ Chris Kridler, Baltimore Sun
"It was a bold choice to mix live-action and stop-motion, and it's not something you'd see today given the pervasiveness of CGI."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them."
‑ Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A truly sinister fairy story laced with bizarre characters -- both live-action and animated -- James and the Giant Peach from Walt Disney Pictures is a stunning, if not markedly macabre, adaptation of author Roald Dahl's best-selling 1961 book."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The fantasy is almost too inventive for its own good."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book."
‑ Heather Boerner, Common Sense Media
"As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A brief nightmare sequence, which appears to be some sort of hallucinatory blend of collage and live action, is simply one of the greatest bits of animation I've ever seen."
‑ Tom Gliatto, People Magazine
"It's Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the ghastly Spiker and Sponge who steal this wonderfully pantomimic show."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Captures the author's spirit, creating a film with not only whimsical creatures but very real emotions."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
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