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Originally released 16 years ago, this made-in-San Francisco production directed by stop-motion master Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton combines live-action, stop-motion animation and computer-generated special effects in a delightful film for the whole family. Adapted from Roald Dahl’s classic book of the same name, the film follows our young hero James, who has been living a life of misery with his horrible aunts who have unwillingly taken custody of him after his parents’ untimely demise. Following the daring rescue of a spider, James gains possession of a bag containing magic crocodile tongues from a mysterious stranger. When they accidentally spill in the garden, an enormous peach sprouts out of the ground nearly crushing their house. Sensing a possible escape from his dreary surroundings, James climbs inside, where he meets an astonishing menagerie of insects and embarks on a magical journey full of thrills and adventure. Featuring the music of Randy Newman and an all-star cast including Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Susan Sarandon, David Thewlis and young Paul Terry debuting as James.
Recommended for ages 7 and up. USA, 1996. 79 min.
Tickets $8. Box office opens July 9 online at sffs.org and in person at SF Film Society Cinema.
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