James and the Giant Peach

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Walt Disney Pictures, Allied Filmmakers and Skellington Productions Inc. Released 1996

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Director:
Henry Selick
Released:
1996
Rating:
PG
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 animated film directed by Henry Selick. Based on a 1961 children's book by Roald Dahl, the film follows James (Paul Terry) who is orphaned after the death of his parents. Forced to live with his evil Aunts, Spiker (Joanna Lumley) and Sponge (Miriam Margolyes), James is not allowed to play with friends, must sleep in the attic and perform housework all day. One day, when James is crying in the bushes, he meets an old man who gives him a bag of magical crocodile tongues. On the way home, James accidentally drops the bag at the foot of an old peach tree. Miraculously, a peach instantly grows on the branch until it reaches 20 feet across. Later on that night, James sneaks out to take a bite of the peach. When a glowing light appears, James takes his first step into a magical journey that leads him to the city of dreams.

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Family Dramas, Classics, Kids Fantasy