James and the Giant Peach

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Whenever I had a problem, my parents told me to look at it another way.
James Henry Trotter

James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 musical fantasy film, part live-action and part stop-motion animation. It tells the story of James Henry Trotter, a boy who ends up in the abusive care of his two repulsive aunts after his parents are eaten by a monstrous rhinoceros from out of the clouds. But when a mysterious man gives him magical green "crocodile tongues" which end up producing a gigantic peach from the old peach tree, James soon finds himself on an amazing adventure, along with a company of kind-hearted enormous bugs.

Directed by Henry Selick. Produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi. Music and songs by Randy Newman. Based on the novel by Roald Dahl.
Marvelous things will happen!

James Henry Trotter[edit]

  • When I had a problem, my mum and dad would tell me to look at it another way.
  • It's the Rhino!

Mr. Centipede[edit]

  • Listen to me, kid. I know a place that'll refresh your memory.
  • [after the robotic shark is defeated] Teach ya to mess with me, ya overgrown sardine! I'm from Brooklyn!
  • [screams as he sees that the skeletal pirate captain is holding his suspenders] I should've worn a belt!
  • [As he, Miss Spider, and James escape the skeleton pirates] Hey, I got a new one for you. Why can't skeletons play music in church? Because they have no ORGANS!
  • Kid, you're stuck with us for life.
  • No, it couldn't be!

Mr. Grasshopper[edit]

  • [repeated line] Fascinating, isn't it?
  • What's your latitude? What's your longitude?
  • Mr. Centipede, would you please do us the honor of navigating us out of this icebox?
  • Could it be?
  • Does the Old Green Grasshopper likes the color green?



James: We're going to New York City!
Centipede: New York?! They love me there!
James: Wonderful! They've got a whole park full of leaves for you, Mrs. Ladybug.
Centipede: Central Park!
James: [to Miss Spider] And loads of dark hiding places.
Centipede: Nightclubs!
James: [to the Old Green Grasshopper] And museums and concerts.
Centipede: Not to mention Yankee Stadium!
Earthworm: What about me?
James: Why, they've got miles and miles of underground tunnels!
Centipede: The subway!
James: My father said it's the place where dreams come true!

Centipede: I've sailed all the five seas! From the sun-drenched reefs of Bora Bora to the icy shores of Tripoli! Commodore Centipede, they used to call me!
Old Green Grasshopper: Seven.
Centipede: Huh?
Old Green Grasshopper: There are seven seas. And Tripoli is in the subtropics, "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!

[The peach has ended up in icy terrain (the Centipede was steering)]
Old Green Grasshopper: This is an outrage! You are a disgrace to your phylum, class, order, genus and species!
Centipede: Say it in English!
Old Green Grasshopper: You, sir, are an ASS!

[James bumps into Earthworm]
Earthworm: Whoever you are, keep away from me! KEEP AWAY!
James: Earthworm, it's me.
Earthworm: Oh, James. Oh, thank goodness.
James: You musn't frighten yourself like this all the time.
Earthworm: Why not?
James: You'll make yourself sick. When I had a problem, my mum and dad would tell me to look at it another way.

James: I finished all of the chores.
Aunt Sponge: What a coincidence! We finished all the dinner.
Aunt Spiker: Oh, Sponge, you're such a tease. [to James] There's something special waiting for you, in the oven.


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