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 [show more]
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. This is the story of James Henry Trotter, a lonely orphan sent to live with his horribly wicked and greedy Aunts Spiker (Joanna Lumley) and Sponge (Miriam Margoyles). When James meets a strange old man who promises that marvelous things will happen, indeed they do. Escaping his aunts by climbing inside a giant peach that mysteriously and suddenly grows on their barren tree, he meets some very unusual new friends and as they break free in the peach from Spiker and Sponge, they embark on a series of wildly imaginative adventures. Actors Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Susan Sarandon, David Thewlis, Miriam Margolyes, Pete Postlethwaite, Joanna Lumley & Paul Terry Director Henry Selick Certificate Universal Suitable for All Year 1996 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Languages English - Dolby Digital (5.1) Subtitles English for the hearing impaired Duration 1 hour and 16 minutes (approx)
When his parents are killed by a giant rhino, James Henry Trotter has to live with (and skivvy for) his nasty aunts Spiker and Sponge. However, after he is given magic crocodile tongues by a stranger, amazing things begin to happen. James escapes from his aunts by climbing inside a giant peach, and setting off with all the friendly, talking insects who live inside it. A mixture of live action for the out-of-peach sequences and animation for the main part of the story.