James and the Giant Peach (film)

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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]

  • [As he sees Spider crawling from his cold bedroom window] Hello there. Where did you come from? [Holds out his hand for Spider to land on] You know, you probably shouldn't build your web up here in the window. Spiker and Sponge might see you and they hate spiders. [Places Spider on his chair] I'll be your friend, though.
  • When I had a problem, my mom and dad would tell me to look at it another way.
  • It's the Rhino!
  • [yelling at the Rhino] YOU'RE NOT EVEN A REAL RHINO! YOU'RE JUST A LOT OF SMOKE AND NOISE! [The Rhino roars] I'M NOT AFRAID OF YOU!
  • [After seeing Aunt Sponge emerge from the car, completely drenched] No!

Aunt Spiker[edit]

  • And the beast will get you too, if you don't behave.
  • Careful, Spongy. Wouldn't want to ruin that girlish figure.
  • Shut up, you little grub. This has nothing to do with you, so just keep away from it.
  • Look. The little maggot is stuffing his face with our peach! Get him, Sponge!
  • How dare you speak to us this way!

Aunt Sponge[edit]

  • How dare you disagree with us!
  • You can't crawl away from us!
  • Can you smell that, Spikey? It smells delicious!

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 Captain Jack is holding his suspenders] I should've worn a belt!
  • [As he, Spider, and James escape Captain Jack, his pet Parrot Skeleton, and his crew of Pirate Skeletons (Viking, Eskimo, Duckman, and Pegleg)] Hey, I got a new one for you. Why can't skeletons play music in church? Because they have no ORGANS!
  • [As he tries to steer the peach] [Yawns] Oh, boy, what I wouldn't do for a cup of coffee. [Grunts and groans] Cup of joe.
  • Kid, you're stuck with us for life.
  • No, it couldn't be!
  • [After Spider tells James that no one will be eating him] Naw, she'll just puncture your head and suck out the brains!

Grasshopper[edit]

  • [repeated line] Fascinating, isn't it?
  • Mr. Centipede, would you please do us the honor of navigating us out of this icebox?

Dialogue[edit]

Narrator: This is James Henry Trotter. He lived with his mother and father in a cozy little house by the sea.
James' father: [playfully grabs and picks up his son] Hey, I've got ya! [he and James laugh]
James' mother: [holding a birthday cake] Happy birthday, darling. Now quickly, blow out the candle before the wind does.
James' father: Make a wish first. [James blows out his candles]
Narrator: It was a wonderful life. [James and his parents are looking at the clouds] They had each other and they had their dreams.
James: Look! [points to a cloud] That cloud looks like a camel. [points to another cloud] And that one over there looks like a train engine.
James' father: Can you see the tallest building in the world? [James looks but sees nothing]
James: I can't find it.
James' mother: Try looking at it another way. [James turns his head and sees the cloud shaped like the Empire State Building]
James: I see it!
James' father: [holds out a travel book about New York City] That's where we're going. On the great ship that will take us across the ocean. And we'll go right to the top of that building. The three of us on top of the world.
James: Are there any kids there like me?
James' father: [opens the travel book] Hundreds of them. It's a wonderful place, James. It's a city where dreams come true.
Narrator: [the scene changes to James looking at the clouds as a storm rolls in] Then, one day, a terrible thing happened. [thunder roars and wind blows] An angry rhinoceros appeared out of nowhere and gobbled up his poor mother and father. [James sees the ghostly rhino appearing in the clouds] Their troubles -- if they had any at all -- were over in 35 seconds flat. [the rhino roars and the scene changes with James waking up in a dark bedroom] But James' troubles were just beginning [James hides his travel book under his pillow] for now he lives here with Aunt Sponge... [James' wicked aunts burst through the door]
Aunt Sponge: Get up, you lazy, little bug!
Narrator: And Aunt Spiker.
Aunt Spiker: You've already wasted four minutes of daylight.
Aunt Sponge: Look at him!
Aunt Spiker: Lolly-gagging in dreamland when there's so much work to do.
Aunt Sponge: Weeds to pull, wood to chop.
Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker: [in unison] Work, work, work, work, WORK!


Aunt Sponge: [Yawns] Spiker, look! A peach!
Aunt Spiker: A what?
Aunt Sponge: A peach! There, on that branch.
Aunt Spiker: Why that old tree's never had so much of an old blossom on it, let alone a... Well, I'll be blowed. There really is a peach there. A nice big one, too.
Aunt Sponge: How can we get it?
Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge: [In unison] The boy!
Aunt Sponge: Now you be a good little boy and climb up there and get that peach for your dear aunties.
James: Can we eat it?
Aunt Sponge: Of course! We'll share it. Me and your Aunt Spiker. Start climbing
Aunt Spiker: Wait!
Aunt Sponge: What? What? What?
Aunt Spiker: It-It's growing!
Aunt Sponge: [Dumbly] The boy?
Aunt Spiker: No, the peach, you idiot!
[The peach on the withered old branch begins to grow to an enormous size]

Grasshopper: I'm a vegetarian.
Earthworm: I eat dirt.
Spider: No one will be eating you, James.
Centipede: Naw, she'll just puncture your head and suck out the brains!
Spider: That I am saving for you.

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"?
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.
Grasshopper: Shh. They'll hear us!

[In the darkness]
Earthworm: [Centipede pinches him] Ow! Something pinched me!
Centipede: Sorry. Thought you were the Spider.
Grasshopper: [Spider hits him] Ouch! What was that?!
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!
Grasshopper: Seven.
Centipede: Huh?
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 mom 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 Spider makes a web for James to sleep in]
James: You keep to yourself, don't you?
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?
Spider: I would not know.
James: They would be your friends too - the others, I mean - if you'd just let them.
Spider: No, it is in their nature to have fear of me. This I cannot change.
James: You're very kind to me.
Spider: Maybe this is because you are kind to me first.
James: [realizing] You were the spider in my window!
Spider: [nods] Mm-hmm.
James: You were my first friend. I mean, since I went to live with my aunts. They hated me!
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!
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.

James: Do all grasshoppers play music?
Grasshopper: All grasshoppers... try. I'm sure you've heard this. [rubs his legs together, making a chirping sound]
James: Mm-hmm.
Grasshopper: Ghastly, isn't it? Cricket stuff. Music should be the voice of the soul.
James: What does that mean?
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.
Grasshopper: I'm sure they'd be very proud of you, James. I know we are.

Aunt Spiker: Yes. And we're very proud of it.
Aunt Sponge: We're going to be in the records book.
James: It's not their peach. The old man gave the green things to me. That's what made it grow.
Aunt Sponge: [Shocked and angry with what James had just said] How dare you disagree with us!
Aunt Spiker: [Places her hand on Sponge's shoulder, holding Sponge back] Patience, sister. Remember his condition.

James: Those buildings. These lights. This whole city! Somebody had to dream about it first and maybe that's just what I did. I dreamt about coming here but then i did it!
Aunt Spiker: The poor boy needs his medicine. So we'll just take him...
Aunt Sponge: And the peach.
Aunt Spiker: Back to our cozy little house on the hill. Come along. You're going home with us.
James: No, I'm not.
[Aunt Spiker tilts her head back in a creepy way and her smile disappears]
Aunt Spiker: What did you say?
James: I said: *NO... I'M... NOT!* I hate that house and that cold room, and how I was always hungry.
Aunt Spiker: All right, that's enough!
James: And how you beat me!
Aunt Sponge: [Gasping with shock] He's lying!
James: And told me I was nothing!
Aunt Spiker: Shut up! Shut up!
James: No! Not this time! I flew the peach across the ocean. I landed on top of the tallest building in the world. [Turns to Spiker and Sponge] I made it! I'm not the one who's nothing, you are! And I'm never going back with you! Not me and not the peach.
Aunt Spiker: How dare you speak to us this way!

Narrator: They ate that peach all the way down to the pit. And set it up in Central Park as a permanent home. And James Henry Trotter, who was once the saddest and loneliest little boy you could find, now had a loving new family, and all the friends in the world.
Spider: James, dinner is ready.
Kid: Hi, Miss Spider.
James: All right. Nearly finished. And -- And then -- And then the seagulls...
Narrator: And since James' visitors begged him again and again to hear the story of his adventure with the giant peach, he wished for a way to share it with everyone. [the narrator reveals his true self as the old man with the crocodile tongues]
Old Man: And that is exactly what you had just seen. [catches a crocodile tongue and winks at the audience as the movie ends]

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