Released in 1996, J’ames and The Giant Peach’ is a Disney flick, with a combination of live action and amazing animation. It is the story of a recently orphaned boy called James. His sole property is a bag of glowing, magical crocodile tongues, which grows into a gigantic peach, when he drops some of them accidentally. James rushes to hide in the fruit, to escape from his harsh and nasty aunts and uncles and finds a new family in the six insects living inside the fruit. There is adventure, danger and happy-ending in the movie.
The movie is based on a novel published by the same name in 1961, authored by Roald Dahl. It has been produced by Tim Burton and directed by Henry Selick, the famous American stop motion director and writer. The film 'James and the Giant Peach' is a combination of live action and stop motion and it won the award of Best Animated Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Music, Best Original Musical or Comedy Score (by Randy Newman). A great flick to watch on a Halloween night!
James Henry Trotter is an ordinary four-year-old orphan boy, whose parents were swallowed by a rhino. He has to live with his two cruel aunts, named Spiker and Sponge, who make him work hard and scold him a lot. Hope came alive in James when he receives a small sack of magical gift, consisting of ''crocodile tongues'', from a stranger who promised that it would bring him wealth, happiness, and great adventure. But James trips and drops the sack and the tongues fall into the root of an old peach tree. Soon, amazing things begin to happen.
In a few days, the long-barren peach tree in James’ garden puts forth a single fruit that first grows to double the size and then goes on to gain gigantic proportions. The peach is home to six giant bugs, including a Centipede, Miss Spider, Old-Green-Grasshopper, Silkworm, Ladybug, and Glowworm, all of whom become friends with James. James and his friends manage to break the peach off the tree and roll over to the Atlantic Ocean for their adventure, while flattening the evil aunts along the way. James ends up reaching the New York City with his friends and finally learns to face his fears.