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Movie Review: 'James and the Giant Peach'

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James and the Giant Peach

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
79 minutes
performer:
Paul Terry, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Susan Sarandon
director:
Henry Selick
author:
Karey Kirkpatrick
genre:
Animation, Kids and Family

We gave it a B

High over the ocean, drifting through a perfectly dappled blue sky, a colossal orange peach floats serenely on its way to New York, its ”crew” a young orphan and his oversize insect friends. Coproduced by Tim Burton, this animated adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1961 classic evokes the casual enchantment of a book that, for many kids, cast the spell of a goofily blissed-out mirage. The sculpted animated figures really come alive, with the querulous insects emerging as funny, foibled characters. Unfortunately, the delicately beautiful stop-motion animation is framed by crude live-action scenes that effectively douse the spell. B