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?


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.
[James looks in the oven - and is disgusted to find two severed fish-heads]

James: The old man, the one who gave me the green things - he said marvelous things will happen.
Glowworm: Did he say, "Marvelous pigs in satin"?
Old Green Grasshopper: No, dear lady. [through a megaphone] "Marvelous things will happen!" [to James] Poor Glowworm. She's a little deaf.
Earthworm: I, however, have exquisite hearing.
Centipede: Yeah? Well listen to this: [does a fanfare with his armpits, then shouts through the megaphone] LET'S GET OUTTA HERE!

Ladybug: [about Spiker and Sponge] Oh, please don't let them spray us!
Earthworm: Spray us? They'll see the Yank [the Centipede] up there and come after us with a shovel! It happened to my brother.
James: How awful.
Earthworm: Split him right down the middle. Now I have two half-brothers.

[In the darkness]
Earthworm: [Centipede pinches him] Ow! Something pinched me!
Centipede: Sorry. Thought you were the Spider.
Old Green Grasshopper: [Miss Spider hits him] Ouch! What was that?!
Miss Spider: Excuse, I thought you were the Centipede.

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!

[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 mustn'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.
Earthworm: How? First I was bird-bait, then I was shark-bait!
James: I suppose. Or you could say you gave us wings to fly, and defeated a giant shark single-handedly!
Earthworm: No-handedly!
James: Exactly! You're a hero!
Earthworm: I am! I'm... Wonder-Worm!
James: You are!

[As Miss Spider makes a web for James to sleep in]
James: You keep to yourself, don't you?
Miss Spider: I prefer to be alone.
James: I was alone for a long time once. I think it's much nicer to have friends, don't you?
Miss Spider: I would not know.
James: They would be your friends too - the others, I mean - if you'd just let them.
Miss Spider: No, it is in their nature to have fear of me. This I cannot change.
James: You're very kind to me.
Miss Spider: Maybe this is because you are kind to me first.
James: [realizing] You were the spider in my window!
Miss Spider: [nods] Mm-hmm.
James: You were my first friend. I mean, since I went to live with my aunts. They hated me!
Miss Spider: Shh. Do not think of them now.
James: But what if they find us? What if we don't make it to New York? I'll die if I have to go back to the way I was! They can't make me!
Miss Spider: Nobody can make you do anything, James, if you do not let them. You are a brave boy. [kisses his forehead] Now to sleep. You have had a very "tired-making" day.

[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: Do all grasshoppers play music?
Old Green Grasshopper: All grasshoppers... try. I'm sure you've heard this. [rubs his legs together, making a chirping sound]
James: Mm-hmm.
Old Green Grasshopper: Ghastly, isn't it? Cricket stuff. Music should be the voice of the soul.
James: What does that mean?
Old Green Grasshopper: It means that when I'm happy, my music sounds like this. [plays a cheerful, upbeat tune on his violin] And when I'm sad, it's like this. [plays a slow, mournful tune]
James: When I was sad, I used to climb in bed with my mom and dad. But that was a long time ago.
Old Green Grasshopper: I'm sure they'd be very proud of you, James. I know we are.


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