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JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH

SYNOPSIS:
A magical musical fairy tale concerning a little boy, James Henry Trotter (Paul Terry), who finds himself living with his two aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after the death of his parents. Life with his aunts is hard and he dreams of a better place, specifically New York City, a "dream like" place his parents had talked about. His dream comes true when a stranger appears with a bagful of magic which among others things, changes insects (a Grasshopper, Centipede, Lady Bug, Spider, Earthworm and Glow Worm) into real life characters and causes an ordinary peach to grow to immense proportions. It's upon this peach that James and his new insect friends travel and make their way toward his "dream land
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"For those entranced by the creative and beguiling Nightmare Before Christmas, this part-animated fable, based on the classic Roald Dahl novel, will be a delight and is sure to intrigue youngsters. The film, which is faithful to the novel, beautifully explores the complexities of childhood and the meaning of friendship, in an allegorical tale that has been so lovingly brought to the screen by a skilled team of film makers. Though it is at times a little plodding, the filmís wonder is in its visuals, and it IS a visually intoxicating work. The computer generated animation is superb, capturing the depth of this collage of intricate characters, and the surrealism of the live action sequences gives James and the Giant Peach an added depth. While Dahlís morality play may get lost by the sheer exuberance of its style, it remains a potent movie for children. Dahl is an expert in writing sophisticated pieces for a young audience, and itís gratifying that his works are being widely translated on screen [the last one was the extraordinary Matilda). James is a more fanciful yarn, and the film version captures the bookís essence, while at the same time delivers a masterpiece of contemporary animation in dazzling fashion. The question is, will the filmís youthful audience be able to go past the stunning visuals, and gain an insight into what the James is forced to confront. If they do, then the film has succeeded on all levels."
Paul Fischer

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JAMES & THE GIANT PEACH (PG)
(US)

VOICES: Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Joanna Lumley, Susan Sarandon, David Thewlis

PRODUCER: Denise Di Novi & Tim Burton

DIRECTOR: Henry Selick

SCRIPT: Karey Kirkpatrick, Jonathan Roberts & Steve Bloom (based on the book by Roald Dahl)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Peter Kozachik, Hiro Narita

EDITOR: Stan Webb

MUSIC & ORIGINAL SONGS: Randy Newman

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Harley Jessup

ANIMATION SUPERVISOR: Robin Gurland

RUNNING TIME:

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: March 27, 1997







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