JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH (Theatrical Review USA 1996)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 2.7|5.0 Starsìì

James and the Giant Peach—
a great concept; but it didn’t quite get there—definitely a ‘children only’ film. The voices done by Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Surandon, and Paul Terry are well selected. The two Aunts, Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes, could have been better selected; but in the whole of the movie they worked. The script is difficult and seems to have presented problems in portrayal for Director Henry Selick.

Film Poster Courtesy of Wikipedia


An orphan, who is not emotionally supported by two aunts, finds comfort in a giant peach.

Additional Thanks

Thank you to Director Henry Selick for directing efforts. Thank you to Executive Producer Jake Eberts for making the film possible. Additional characters/cast include: Grasshopper (voice of Simon Callow), Centipede (voice of Richard Dreyfuss), Ladybug (voice of Jane Leeves), Aunt Spiker (Joanna Lumley), Aunt Sponge/Glowworm (voice of Miriam Margolyes), Old Man (Pete Postlethwaite), Spider (voice of Susan Sarandon), James (Paul Terry), Earthworm (voice of David Thewlis), and Reporter #2 (J. Stephen Coyle).

Buy a ticket? Yes? No? Maybe?

Maybe. It may serve a young children audience.

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Ben Meyers

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