James and the Giant Peach (1996) Movie

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Ratings / Votes
6.7/ 10 (29660 Votes)

MPAA Ratings
Rated PG for some frightening images

Production Company
Allied Filmmakers - (in association with)
Skellington Productions Inc. [us]
Walt Disney Pictures [us] - (presents)

Production Designer

All Producers

All Directors


Release Date
(USA) - 12 April 1996
(Greece) - 14 June 1996
(Germany) - 25 July 1996
(UK) - 2 August 1996
(Turkey) - 6 September 1996

Running Time

If you really don't go to the movies, you won't see... Marvellous things will happen! Adventures this big don't grow on trees. Climb aboard for the adventure of your life!

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Technical Support
CAM:Arriflex Cameras and Lenses
LAB:Monaco Film Laboratories, San Francisco (CA), USA
LAB:Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA - (prints)
MET:2242 m
OFM:35 mm - (Eastman EXR 100T 5248, EXR 200T 5293, EXR 500T 5298)
PFM:35 mm
RAT:1.66 : 1 - (animation ratio)
RAT:1.85 : 1 - (theatrical ratio)

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Full Cast

  1. Bennett, Jeff (I) as (singing voice) (uncredited) [Centipede]
  2. Callow, Simon as (voice) [Grasshopper] <1>
  3. Coyle, J. Stephen as [Reporter #2] <10>
  4. Culp, Steven (I) as [James' Father] <11>
  5. Dini, Bob as (uncredited) [Milkman]
  6. Dreyfuss, Richard as (voice) [Centipede] <2>
  7. Girardin, Michael as [Reporter #1] <13>
  8. Haney, Tony as [Reporter #3] <14>
  9. Kirby, Chae as [Newsboy] <16>
  10. Mosley, Jeff (I) as [Hard Hat Man] <17>
  11. Nalbandian, Al as [Cabby] <18>
  12. Postlethwaite, Pete as [Old Man] <6>
  13. Starr, Mike (I) as [Beat Cop] <20>
  14. Terry, Paul (II) as [James] <8>
  15. Thewlis, David as (voice) [Earthworm] <9>
  16. Yedidia, Mario as [Street Kid] <22>
  17. Dunlap, Cirocco as [Girl with Telescope] <12>
  18. Howell, Kathryn as (as Kathrine Howell) [Woman in Bathrobe] <15>
  19. Leeves, Jane as (voice) [Ladybug] <3>
  20. Lumley, Joanna as [Aunt Spiker] <4>
  21. Margolyes, Miriam as [Aunt Sponge/Glowworm - (voice)] <5>
  22. Rosen, Emily as [Innocent Girl] <19>
  23. Sarandon, Susan as (voice) [Spider] <7>
  24. Stevens, Sally (I) as (singing voice) (uncredited) [Glowworm]
  25. Turner-Cray, Susan as [James' Mother] <21>


  1. Adventure
  2. Animation
  3. Family
  4. Fantasy
  5. Musical

Full Plot

James' happy life at the English seaside is rudely ended when his parents are killed by a rhinoceros and he goes to live with his two horrid aunts. Daringly saving the life of a spider he comes into possession of magic boiled crocodile tongues, after which an enormous peach starts to grow in the garden. Venturing inside he meets not only the spider but a number of new friends including a ladybug and a centipede who help him with his plan to try and get to New York. Jeremy Perkins Plot not found

Total Business

AD: 9,273 (Netherlands) (31 December 1997) AD: 7,208 (Netherlands) (1 January 1997) AD: 62,789 (Spain) BT: USD 38,000,000 CP: Copyright MCMXCVI Disney Enterprises, Inc. (on print); Disney Enterprises, Inc.; 1 May 1996; PA779161 (in copyright registry) GR: USD 28,900,101 (USA) (4 August 1996) GR: USD 28,816,378 (USA) (28 July 1996) GR: USD 28,681,000 (USA) (21 July 1996) GR: USD 28,934,758 (USA) GR: GBP 4,604,345 (UK) (15 September 1996) GR: GBP 2,340,204 (UK) (18 August 1996) GR: JPY 22,491,500 (Japan) (5 January 1997) GR: JPY 17,655,200 (Japan) (29 December 1996) GR: JPY 12,160,100 (Japan) (22 December 1996) GR: JPY 5,530,500 (Japan) (15 December 1996) GR: ESP 38,390,884 (Spain) SD: 15 November 1994 - 19 January 1996 SD: 15 November 1994 - 27 December 1994 (live action scenes)

Movie Certificate

Livre (Brazil)
L (Iceland)
S (Finland)
PG (USA)(certificate #34530)
All (South Korea)
G (Philippines)
Atp (Argentina)
PG (Australia)
TE (Chile)
6 (Germany)(bw)
PT (Peru)
M/6 (Portugal)(video premiere)
PG (Singapore)
T (Spain)
U (UK)

Music Composers

  1. Newman, Randy (I)


  1. Kozachik, Pete (director of photography) (animation)
  2. Narita, Hiro (director of photography) (live action)

Dress Designers

  1. Slinger, Julie


Audio Visual Enterprises [gr] - (1997) (Greece) (VHS)
Buena Vista Home Entertainment [br] - (Brazil) (DVD)
Buena Vista International [ar] - (1997) (Argentina) (theatrical)
Buena Vista Pictures [us]
Gativideo [ar] - (1997) (Argentina) (VHS)
Guild Film Distribution [gb] - (UK)
Laurenfilm [es] - (Spain)
Prooptiki [gr] - (1996) (Greece) (theatrical)
Tobis Filmkunst [de] - (Germany)
Videoservice [ru] - (2001) (Russia) (VHS)
Walt Disney Pictures [us] - (1996) (worldwide) (theatrical)
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment [us] - (2010) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)

Film Editors

  1. Webb, Stan (I)


  1. Alvarez, Sean C. (production assistant) (uncredited)
  2. Billheimer, Wayne (production assistant)
  3. Birch, Andrew (production coordinator: story department)
  4. Brosnahan, James J. (choreographer)
  5. Campbell, Daniel (I) (armature engineer)
  6. Carberry, Matt (office production assistant)
  7. Cheney, Merrick (armature engineer)
  8. Cook, George (XI) (systems manager)
  9. Crimley, Carolyn (acting coach)
  10. Cruikshank, Lee (puppet wrangler)
  11. Crutchfield, Maureen 'Mo' (assistant accountant)
  12. DeCarlo, Bonita R. (character department manager) (as Bonita Decarlo)
  13. DeCarlo, Bonita R. (character department supervisor) (as Bonita Decarlo)
  14. Desmond, Christopher (paramedic coordinator)
  15. Dingman, Catherine (II) (assistant character coordinator)
  16. Engel, Curran G. (production assistant)
  17. Engle, Alexis (production coordinator)
  18. Frankel, Paula (script supervisor)
  19. Glasser-Hancock, Donna (production accountant) (as Donna Glasser Wisegarver)
  20. Greeley, Rebecca (production coordinator)
  21. Green, Howard (XVIII) (publicist)
  22. Hager, Mark (office production assistant)
  23. Harris, Craig (III) (stage manager)
  24. Harrison, Lori (IV) (office coordinator)
  25. Hayman, Jennifer (production assistant) (as Jennifer C. Hayman)
  26. Hoffman, Randi (physical therapist)
  27. Hoki, Larry (projectionist)
  28. Hollywood Wixson, Amy (production coordinator)
  29. Jones, Timothy P. (laboratory contact) (uncredited)
  30. King, Dennis (XIII) (safety consultant)
  31. Kirkpatrick, Brent (II) (production assistant)
  32. Kramer, Gabriel (I) (stage production assistant)
  33. Kutcher, Steven R. (spider wrangler)
  34. Lasell, Peter (production assistant)
  35. Lekven, Shelley Daniels (sculpture supervisor)
  36. Lund, Amy (II) (production assistant)
  37. MacSwain, Lucy (studio teacher) (as Lucy Macswain)
  38. Martin, Lance (I) (production assistant) (as Lance J. Martin)
  39. Maxwell, Elizabeth (I) (caterer) (uncredited)
  40. Maxwell, Michael (III) (caterer) (uncredited)
  41. McQuaid, Barbara (I) (location manager)
  42. Mesloh, David (armature engineer) (as David Eugene Mesloh)
  43. Monich, Tim (dialect coach) (uncredited)
  44. Moran, Brian Turner (production assistant)
  45. Morgan, Rodney (armature engineer)
  46. Nelson, Mark (XXX) (assistant production coordinator)
  47. Olsson, Greg (set coordinator)
  48. Passero, Zach (production assistant)
  49. Ribaud, Marc (II) (armature engineer)
  50. Robison, Stacy (assistant accountant) (as Stacy L. Robison)
  51. Rottina, Denise (coordinator: Mr. Selick)
  52. Ryan, John Damien (production assistant) (as J.D. Ryan)
  53. Salles, Benjamin (production intern) (uncredited)
  54. Samuelson, Jessica (II) (production assistant)
  55. Shuman, Ross (assistant stage manager) (as Ross R. Shuman)
  56. St. Amand, Tom (armature designer)
  57. St. Amand, Tom (armature supervisor)
  58. Stein, Madi (assistant accountant)
  59. Strawn, Suzy (studio teacher) (uncredited)
  60. Taylor, Coy Mica (production assistant)
  61. Tutton, Greg (production assistant)
  62. Voelker, Denise (paramedic)
  63. Wilhelm, James L. (craft service)
  64. Wilson, Lori Kay (production assistant)
  65. Wolert-Maldonado, Judith (intern) (uncredited)
  66. Yeager, Tami R. (assistant production coordinator)
  67. Young, Lenny (creative executive) (uncredited)


Spider: [eating the peach] Mmmmm. Better than ladybugs. Ladybug: What? Spider: Excuse me. Earthworm: It's not dirt... [takes a bite of the peach] Earthworm: But it's not bad. The Grasshopper: He's committed pesticide! [on his experience of the world] Centipede: I did live between two pages of The National Geographic. Very informative magazine, the National Geographic. Lots of nice pictures. Centipede: Why don't skeletons play music in church? Because they got no organs. Earthworm: The sun's so hot! I'm roasted! Earthworm: She won't be coming down here with the spray. She'll be coming down here with a shovel. It happened to m' brother. Split him right down the middle. Now I have two half-brothers. James: Excuse me, sir, can you tell me where the Empire State Building is? Hard Hat Man: You're on top of it, kid. James: I can't remember what fun is for. Grasshopper: This is an outrage! You are a disgrace to your Phylum, Order, Class, Genus and Spe... Centipede: Say it in English! Grasshopper: YOU, sir, are an ASS! Centipede: Time to go make a pest of myself! [Spiker and Sponge are outside the peach, looking for James] Aunt Spiker: Where are you? You little worm! Earthworm: AAAHHHHHH! James: Not you, ME! James: Whenever I had a problem, my parents told me to look at it another way. Earthworm: *How*? First, I was bird bait, and then I was *shark* bait. James: That's true, but you could say that you gave us wings to fly, and that you defeated a giant shark single-handedly. Earthworm: No-handedly. James: You're a hero. Earthworm: I am. I'm Wonderworm! [the bugs and James have landed in the ocean] Spider: We are in, what you call, the Big Puddle. Aunt Sponge: We sent you out here to kill a spider! Aunt Spiker: Not to laze about. James: I wasn't lazing about, I tripped. Aunt Sponge: How dare you disagree with us! Aunt Sponge: I look and smell, I do declare, as lovely as a rose. Just feast your eyes upon my face, observe my shapely nose. Behold my heavenly silky locks, and if I take off both my socks, you'll see my dainty toes. Aunt Spiker: But don't forget, my dearest Sponge, how much your tummy shows! James: What are they? Old Man: Crocodile tongues. James: Tongues? Old Man: Long, slimy crocodile tongues boiled in the skull of a dead witch for 40 days and 40 nights. And, the gizard of a pig, the fingers of a young monkey, the beak of a parrot and three spoonfuls of sugar, and then, let the moon do the rest. Spider: We are in the middle of the, how do you say, the big puddle. Centipede: Biggest puddle of 'em all, angel fangs - the Atlantic Ocean. Old Green Grasshopper: Technically, the Pacific is the biggest. Centipede: Well, that goes without saying. Centipede: Biggest puddle of them all, Angel Fangs. The Atlantic Ocean. The Grasshopper: Tecnically, the Pacific is larger. Centipede: Well... that goes without saying. [James has discovered he has changed] James: It's like he said: Marvelous things will happen. Glowworm: Did he say, "Marvelous pigs in satin"? Grasshopper: No, dear lady. [He takes out a megaphone and speaks through it] Marvelous things will happen. [to James] Poor Glowworm, she's a little deaf. Earthworm: I, on the other hand, have exquisite hearing. Centipede: Oh, yeah? Well, listen to this... [He spits into his many hands and grabs the megaphone and yells into it] LET'S GET OUTTA HERE! Innocent Girl: Can I touch it? Aunt Spiker: Touch it? You can't touch it. Aunt Sponge: She'll be wanting to taste it next. Aunt Spiker: [Tears up ticket] Admission denied. This child has too many cheeky ideas. Glowworm: God bless the colonies! Centipede: Let the biddies come! I'll take 'em both on! I'm undefeatable. I'm indivisible. I'm... [James falls on him]... in trouble! Centipede: I've sailed all the five seas. From the land of Bora Bora to the icy shores of Tripoli. Commodore Centipede, they used to call me. Grasshopper: Seven. Centipede: Huh? Grasshopper: There are seven seas, and Tripoli is in the Sub-Tropics, Commodore! Centipede: Trim the sails! Ladybug: There are no sails. Centipede: Start the engines! Earthworm: There are no engines. Centipede: I can't work with this miserable crew! [Gazing at the giant peach] Aunt Sponge: It smells delicious! Aunt Spiker: No! It smells like money. Earthworm: We gotta get out of here. We'll be turned into living statues. Grasshopper: *Dead* living statues! Centipede: Holy shipwreck! Miss Spider: Centipede I do not know whether to kill you or kiss you. James' Mom: Try looking at it another way. Earthworm: Remember what your parents said, James... Try looking at it another way! Grasshopper: [singing] For dinner on my birthday, shall I tell you what I chose? Hot noodles made from poodles on a slice of garden hose/And a rather smelly jelly made from armadillo's toes/The jelly is delicious, but you have to hold your nose! Ladybug: I crave the tasty tentacles of octopi for tea/I like hot dogs, but I love hot frogs, and surely you'll agree/A plate of soil with engine oil is a super recipe. I hardy need to mention that it's practically free! Centipede: I'm crazy about mosquitoes on a piece of buttered toast/And pickled spines of porcupines and a great big roast!/And dragon's flesh, quite old, not fresh, it costs a buck at most! Glowworm: Does it come with gravy? Centipede: It comes to you in barrels if you order it by post! [in the darkness] Earthworm: [Centipede pinches him] Ow! What was that? Centipede: Sorry, I thought you were the spider. Grasshopper: [Miss Spider hits him] Ouch. What was *that*? Miss Spider: Excuse, I thought you were the Centipede. Old Green Grasshopper: Oh this is all my fault. Earthworm: Hey don't take all the credit, I helped too! Aunt Spiker: [Swatting a butterfly] Ew, wouldn't want one of those nesting in your knickers. Centipede: Hey, Glowworm, how 'bout some light? Glowworm: I can't hear you. I'll have to put my light on. [the compass is lost during a storm] Grasshopper: We'll be blown off course! Centipede: We'll wind up in Jersey! Miss Spider: No one will be eating you James. Centipede: Naw, she'll just puncture your head and suck out the brains. Miss Spider: That I am saving for you. Miss Spider: Nice aim, Commodore. Centipede: We're not lost. Grasshopper: Then where are we? Centipede: Somewhere up north. Or, possibly, very far south. Grasshopper: What's your latitude? What's your longitude? Centipede: Hey, hey, hey! That's personal, bud! [the Beat Cop has been asked what the large fruit is] Beat Cop: I don't know. Just get the biggest crane in New York! [everyone is discussing how to get the peach to New York] James: We could... No, it's stupid. Grasshopper: Compared to what? James: Well, I suppose we could fly out. Centipede: He's right. It's stupid. Earthworm: Great! We'll be stuck here until we starve and die. The Grasshopper: Highly improbable. Ladybug: Well, that's encouraging. The Grasshopper: We are far more likely to drown. Centipede: [to metal shark] Teach you to mess with me, you overgrown sardine! I'm from Brooklyn! The Grasshopper: No-one is going to squoosh you, old boy. You're six feet long now. Earthworm: Bigger targets. [the centipede is being stretched out by the pirates; one approaches with an axe] Centipede: It's Paul Bunyan. He's come to cut me some slack. Hey, aiming a little low, aren't you, buddy? He's going to cut me in half! James: You're not even a real rhino! You're just a lot of smoke and noise! I'm not afraid of you! James: We'll always be together, right? Centipede: Kid, you're stuck with us, for life.

Other Titles

  1. James e la pesca gigante (1996) (ENG)

  2. James und der Riesenpfirsich (1996) (ENG)

  3. James und der Riesenpfirsich (1996) (GER)

  4. James e la pesca gigante (1996) (ITA)

Shooting/Filming Locations

  1. San Francisco, California, USA


- 'Andy Partridge' (qv), of the British pop group XTC, was originally tapped to write the songs for this film. When Partridge backed out over the compensation he was offered, the producers called on 'Randy Newman (I)' (qv) instead. Partridge eventually released demo versions of the four songs he composed for the film.

- The lyrics for the song "Eating the Peach" were written by 'Roald Dahl' (qv).

- Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker briefly recite a few lines from a poem written by 'Roald Dahl' (qv).

- This is the last time 'Denise Di Novi' (qv) was co-producer with 'Tim Burton (I)' (qv).

- The "happy" tune the Grasshopper plays for James is 'Johann Sebastian Bach' (qv)'s Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: 3rd movement, Gavotte en rondeau.

- 'Paul Terry (II)' (qv) quit acting after he got bitten in the spider scene.

- 'Henry Selick' (qv) initially considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but decided on a blend with live-action to cut down on costs.

- This took 12 years to reach the screen. 'Roald Dahl' (qv) himself was convinced that the property would never make a viable film.

- DIRTRADE('Henry Selick' (qv)): [stop motion]: Half of the movie was