James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 musical fantasy animated film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi, and starred Paul Terry as James. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation. Co-stars Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes played James's aunts in the live-action segments, and Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Jane Leeves, David Thewlis, and Margolyes voiced his insect friends in the animation sequences.
In summer 1948, James Henry Trotter is a young orphan living with his sadistic and domineering aunts Spiker and Sponge after his parents were eaten by a ghost rhinoceros on his birthday. One day, after rescuing a spider from his hysterical aunts, James obtains magical "crocodile tongues" from a mysterious old man, which grows a colossal peach on nearby old peach tree that Spiker and Sponge exploit as a tourist attraction. At night, James eats through the peach to find a pit with several human-sized anthropomorphic invertebrates: Mr. Grasshopper, Mr. Centipede, Ms. Spider (who was actually the spider he saved from Spiker and Sponge), Mr. Earthworm, Mrs. Ladybug, and Mrs. Glowworm. As they hear Spiker and Sponge searching for James, Centipede cuts the stem connecting the peach to the tree and the peach rolls away to the Atlantic Ocean.
|author||Jonathan Roberts Karey Kirkpatrick|
|genre||action adventure animation comedy fantasy live-action|
|keywords||anthropomorphic anthropomorphism arcade game arrest atlantic ocean attack build central park concert violinist connect domineer empire state building kill land lightning new family new york city new yorker old man rescue rhinoceros search statue of liberty tourist attraction want|
|nomination||Academy Award for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score|
|producer||Denise Di Novi Tim Burton|
|productionCompany||Allied Filmmakers Skellington Productions Walt Disney Pictures|
|publisher||Guild Film Distribution Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures|
|theme||animated children's musical musical comedy stop-motion animated|