James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 12, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.

Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This movie remembers what fun is.

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Chris Wright
Boston Phoenix

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.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

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Tom Gliatto
People Magazine

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
James and the Giant Peach is a very good film. But I did not think it was as good as Nightmare Before Christmas. The film is a perfect family film, but I felt… More
Bethany Murphy
Another childhood classic!
Eric Alvarez
This movie takes me back to 3rd/4th grade. One of those movies you couldn't forget even if you tried.
Michael Edwards
with a heartwaming and magical story and great stop-motion animation, it saves this film, and makes it one of Henry Selicks best films
Aj V
This movie is really cool, it's based on a good children's book, directed by Selick (who directed Nightmare Before Christmas), and it's got… More
danny d
inventive and fun, the film is benefited by a manageable running time and a unique plot. the film isnt too consequential, and at times even in this short film… More