James and the Giant Peach

Synopsis: Featuring stop-motion animation and live action, this inventive adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved children's tale follows the adventures of James (Paul Terry), an orphaned young British boy. Forced to live with his cruel aunts (Joanna Lumley, Miriam Margolyes), James finds a way out of his bleak existence when he discovers an enormous enchanted peach. After rolling into the sea inside the buoyant fruit, James, accompanied by a crew of friendly talking insects, sets sail for New York City.
Production: Buena Vista Pictures
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

handle the truth! Son, we live in a complicated world of microwavable meals,

fast food restaurants and something pretty awful called Chef Boyardee!

None of that is real food. This here peach is not only a beautiful specimen of

unprocessed food, grown straight from our given green earth, but this

particular species of fruit is magic.

Narrator #2:
(Standing up to join NARRATOR #1) Magic?

Narrator #1:
Well it wasn’t always magic. Until James that is.

Narrator #2:
I’m sorry…who?

Narrator #1:
James. You haven’t heard of him? I guess we’ll have to start at

the beginning. Come on out James!


(YOUNG JAMES skips to the centre of the gym floor. He’s a small boy who is

happy and carefree.)

Narrator #1:
This is James Hentry Trotter. He’s about 4 years old here.

Until this point, he’s had a happy life living peacefully with his mother and


(MOTHER and FATHER cheerily enter, and each stand on either side of

YOUNG JAMES, who just looks SO happy.)

Narrator #2:
Oh I know the kind of kid. He’s probably lives in a beautiful

house beside the sea, and he’s got plenty of other children to play with. Mum

and Dad are lovely and it’s the perfect life for a small boy.

Narrator #1:
You called it. Then one day, James’ mother and father went to

London to do some shopping.

(Very sweet) Now James, your father and I have to go do some

shopping in town.

(A little cheesy) We love you so much son! And because you’re the

perfect child, we’ll even buy you a treat while we’re gone!

(They hug him goodbye and wave merrily, as they exit where they came from.

YOUNG JAMES still looks terrifically happy.)

Narrator #1:
And it was the last time he ever saw them.

(YOUNG JAMES spins around to look at NARRATOR #1 with shock.)

Young James:
Wait- what?

(A large silhouette of a rhinoceros appears in the background. It has a

Rate this script:(4.00 / 2 votes)

Karey Kirkpatrick

Karey Kirkpatrick (born December 14, 1964) is an American screenwriter and director. His films include James and the Giant Peach, Chicken Run, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Charlotte's Web and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy adaptation, along with contributions to the Smurfs films. He has also directed the films Imagine That starring Eddie Murphy as well as Over The Hedge. Kirkpatrick wrote the English-language screenplay for U.S. release of The Secret World of Arrietty, in 2012 and From Up on Poppy Hill, in 2013. His brother is American songwriter and musician Wayne Kirkpatrick. more…

All Karey Kirkpatrick scripts | Karey Kirkpatrick Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted by acronimous on April 12, 2016

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "James and the Giant Peach" Scripts.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 18 Apr. 2021. <https://www.scripts.com/script/james_and_the_giant_peach_118>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer

    James and the Giant Peach

    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    Browse Scripts.com

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.


    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.