Box art for James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach

  • Rated PG

anime & animation, children & family

Take a bite out of Disney's delicious James And The Giant Peach, and celebrate the popular children's book by Roald Dahl that inspired this imaginative film.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

ON for kids age 7
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
4 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that in this adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic story young James both loses his parents and is forced to live as a servant to abusive relatives. James risks his life in a trip across the ocean and there's one particularly scary encounter with a toothy shark. The video may inspire kids to build little hot air balloons with candles, as James does, and it may encourage bug-phobic kids to become even more enamored of their insect friends.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about parents or family members who have left a child's life through death or divorce, and how the film makes them feel.
  • How do we remember the ones we've lost? How does James find a family of friends that provide for him the love he doesn't get from his aunts?
  • What role does imagination play in James's story? How did imagination make him feel better? How do you use your imagination?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, November 18, 2013

Fresh: It's ripe to bursting with visual effects a heady combination of stop-motion and computer-generated imagery.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Fresh: James and the Giant Peach proves the best effects are even better with a strong story.

- Doug Thomas, Seattle Times, Monday, November 18, 2013

Audience Reviews

2 stars

inventive and fun, the film is benefited by a manageable running time and a unique plot. the film isnt too consequential, and at times even in this short film i found myself clock watching, but the art direction and adventuresome nature of the film kept me in it. decent kids movie.

- sanjurosamurai, Tuesday, August 24, 2010

3 stars


- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Saturday, July 24, 2010

4 stars

Who wouldn't want to live in a giant peach? This is just an all around great movie, showcasing everything the animation genre has to offer. It's one of my favorite children's books along with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl has such a great imagination and this definitely shows it. Stop motion claymation either works or it doesn't, this definitely works. I love all the voice actors and the characters they play, it's so weird and offbeat.

- ythelastman89, Saturday, July 24, 2010