Wednesday, February 8, 2017

James and the Giant Peach (1996)

Academy Awards, USA 1997

Best Music, Original Musical or Comedy Score
Randy Newman

Buena Vista Pictures
Directed by Henry Selick
My rating: 2 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(DVD, Disney)

An orphaned boy lives with his two cruel aunts in a ramshackle house by the sea. He escapes by using magic "crocodile tongues" which cause a giant peach to grow outside the house. He climbs inside and befriends its inhabitants of talking bugs and insects. Together they cross the ocean in the giant peach, overcoming various obstacles, eventually ending up in NYC. The aunts try to reclaim him, but when their abusive behavior is revealed he prevails. Combination of live action and stop motion animation is a hit and miss affair. The songs are unmemorable, James is annoying and the bugs are broad stereotypes.

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