James and the Giant Peach

release year: 1996
genre: Disney
viewing setting: home laserdisc, 8/11/97
what I expected: I wasn't quite sure - I don't usually watch movies like this
what I got: an hour and a half of childish but entertaining fare

synopsis: James, a young British lad, has been orphaned and lives with his two aunts, who are wicked and oppressive. Fortunately, an old guy comes along and gives James the means to escape, setting the course for a fantastic voyage aboard a huge peach whose crew are talking insects.

impressions: There's not really much I can say that I haven't already said. It's kids' stuff, but most of the time that's okay. I liked the shark-thing in the ocean. I didn't quite understand the whole rhino thing, though.

acting: Most of this was animated, and the voices were well-done. Especially the spider (yowza! what a slinky, sultry accent.)

final word: Once in a while, I should watch a movie like this - it's a refreshing break.

rating: C

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