James and the Giant Peach
1996
When young orphan James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he soon finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands. But that's not half as odd as the oversize talking insects he finds living inside the peach.

Scott Hardie: “It sucked.”

Having read this and other Roald Dahl books as a kid, I expected this to be non-sensical. I didn't expect it to be obnoxious, grating, and hyper, with a tonal deafness that plays like nails on chalkboard. A handful of haunting images do not make up for the endless scenes of characters screeching, shouting, and playing to the cartoon rafters. Henry Selick has made good stop-motion kids movies (Coraline and The Nightmare Before Christmas) but this one was a horrendous mistake.

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