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 British TV hit Absolutely Fabulous). The visit of a mysterious stranger provides a means of escape, however, through a magic bag of "crocodile tongues" that bring about the appearance of the giant peach. The curious James soon winds up inside the fruit, at which point his body changes, and the film switches to a combination of stop-motion and digital animation. The new James meets up with a group of talking, oversized insects, including a vampish spider (voiced by Susan Sarandon), a sarcastic centipede (voiced by Richard Dreyfuss), and a matronly ladybug (voiced by Jane Leeves). These creatures become his traveling companions when the peach rolls into the Atlantic Ocean, and James and his new friends must brave a variety of dangers to reach the shore. Director Henry Selick provides further proof of the visual skill he demonstrated in The Nightmare Before Christmas, creating a fascinating, often eerie alternate universe, while Randy Newman provides the upbeat musical accompaniment. Young children may be disturbed by the story's creepier overtones, but the mixture of remarkable visuals, oddball characters, and off-kilter fantasy will appeal to all other audiences.~Judd Blaise
Behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film
"Good News" music video performed by Randy Newman
Original theatrical trailer
Steven L. Bloom
Joanna LumleyAunt Spiker
Miriam MargolyesAunt Sponge, Glowworm
Steven CulpJames' Father
Tony HaneyReporter #3
Mike StarrBeat Cop
Mario YedidiaStreet Kid
Denise Di NoviProducer
Roald DahlBook Author
Randy NewmanComposer (Music Score)
Harley JessupProduction Designer
Blake RussellArt Director
John S. EngelCo-producer
Denise Di NoviExecutive Producer
Jake EbertsExecutive Producer
Pete KozachikSpecial Effects Supervisor
Childrens and Family,Foreign Films
Children's Fantasy,Fantasy Comedy
James and the Giant Peach
Year of Release
DVD, Special Edition
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
James and the Giant Peach [Special Edition] [DVD] 
This story is a beloved book many of us have read in our childhood. Being as it is so iconic to us all, I have wanted to see this movie forever. I knew it would be done well since it was done by Disney and Tim Burton, but secretly a little worried it would not live up to the book. I am a person, who lets a movie or play rely on it’s own merits and trusts what they chose to portray is for a reason. However, some movies are done so poorly you never want to see it or the book again. In short, I accept the movie for what it is and don’t compare it to the book to it’s accolades or detriment. This movie was well done, did not disappoint and I would recommend to book lovers, movie lovers, children and grownups alike. Great movie & exceptional price.
I remember when I was younger reading this book with my youngest daughter. I enjoyed it -so when I saw the movie I grabbed it for her 2 daughters. And to my amazement the 5 year old has watched it 3 times since I purchased. It is alittle strange in some ways but very entertaining!
James & the Giant Peach is an adaptation of a kid's book writer, Roald Dahl, who also wrote Charlie and the chocolate factory & Matilda. Later, both were movies. It's a fun adventure , when the mistreated boy becomes the hero & finally happy at the end. Loads of talking insects, each with their own personalities & love for James.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
I remembered this movie from my childhood. We actually watched it in grammar school. I remembered enjoying it and wanted my children to experience it. They LOVED it just as I did growing up. Still as good now was it was then! Great add to our collection.
James and the Giant Peach is well-crafted, and aside from a single use of the word “a–” and a couple of short “scary” sequences, James is ripe entertainment and provides succulent lessons in courage, loneliness, friendship, loss, tenacity and the struggle to make dreams come true.