James and the Giant Peach (1996)

James and the Giant Peach



Critic Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.

Movie Info

A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Roald Dahl, Steve Bloom, Jonathan Roberts, Karey Kirkpatrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 3, 2000


as Aunt Spiker

as Aunt Sponge, Glowwor...

as James (voice)

as Grasshopper

as Ladybug

as James' Father

as Earthworm

as Reporter #3

as Beat Cop

as Girl With Telescope

as Woman in Bathrobe

as Newsboy

as Hard Hat Man

as James' Mother

as Street Kid
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Critic Reviews for James and the Giant Peach

All Critics (72) | Top Critics (21)

The film is a technical tour de force, featuring a wealth of inventive design ideas. But James never develops the emotional dimension that Nightmare possessed.

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
New York Daily News
Top Critic

A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them.

Full Review… | November 11, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

This movie remembers what fun is.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Full Review… | November 18, 2013
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is a very good film. But I did not think it was as good as Nightmare Before Christmas. The film is a perfect family film, but I felt it missed something to really make it special. The film is good, and I enjoyed it, but it's not as great as what everyone has claimed it to be. I personally preferred Nightmare Before Christmas. This is however a film that the whole family can enjoy, and despite its flaws it is a memorable film to watch. I enjoyed the film for what it was. Despite its flaws, this is a well done film with great special effects. James and the Giant Peach isn't as great as so many other animated classics, but it's still a good film. The voice cast here are great, and the characters are interesting and fun. I just feel something is missing to truly make this one a classic. On the technological stand point, this film stands out. As a whole, this is an entertaining film and despite its flaws is still worth watching. I enjoyed the film, even if it's not the best animated feature that I've seen. A good family film with heart, James and the Giant Peach is still worth seeing. A good cast and good story make up for most of its flaws. A fun adventure from start to finish, this film will appeal in the kid in all of us. Like I said, the beauty part of this film is in its details, but I feel the story, though good, could have been reworked a bit more, just to make it a bit more memorable. Still a film worth watching.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

This movie takes me back to 3rd/4th grade. One of those movies you couldn't forget even if you tried.

Eric Alvarez
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

This movie is really cool, it's based on a good children's book, directed by Selick (who directed Nightmare Before Christmas), and it's got wonderful clay animation. Why isn't it better than it is? Maybe because it was a little too goofy? Or it was the songs, I don't know, but for the most part this is a good movie.

AJ Verser

Super Reviewer

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