James and the Giant Peach

James on top of a giant floating peach

Still from James and the Giant Peach, Henry Selick, 1996

Based on the best-selling children’s book by Roald Dahl, Henry Selick’s James and the Giant Peach inventively blends live action sequences with stop motion animation.

A faithful adaptation of Dahl’s original story, the film follows James’ adventure as he longs for an opportunity to escape his miserable existence living with his two cruel aunts. One afternoon, James discovers a giant peach and climbs in, only to find it is inhabited by a number of talking insects. Rolling into the sea inside the enormous fruit, James and his new friends set sail for New York.

Produced by Tim Burton, the film stars Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margoyles as James’ aunts and features the voices of Susan Sarandon, Simon Callow and Richard Dreyfuss, amongst others, as the garden insects James befriends.

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