James and the Giant Peach script
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.

moveable jaw, and shows its teeth.)

(Offstage) Oh look dear, that’s strange, a giant rhinoceros on the


(The rhino opens its jaws as wide as it’ll possibly go)

Narrator #1:
Both of them suddenly gotten eaten up in full daylight on a

crowded street by an enormous angry rhino that had escaped from the

London zoo.


(Offstage) It looks rather angry-AHHH!

(The rhino’s jaws snap shut on stage. MOTHER and FATHER scream

offstage, and this is end of them. We hear a loud burp from the Rhino.)

Narrator #2:
That’s awful!

Narrator #1:
It gets worse.

Young James:
It does?

Narrator #1:
Well as you can imagine it was a pretty nasty experience for

everyone involved. Suddenly James found himself alone and frightened in a

vast unfriendly world. The only living relatives were his two aunts. Their

names were Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.

(Doom music fills the air, and in waddles Aunt Sponge, a voluptuous woman

– her costume is probably stuffed to make her look quite large – and Aunt

Spiker who is just that…spikey with a large nose and quite mean. It is very

likely that both are cross cast and males are playing their roles. Their voices

are high and piercing and should probably hurt the ears.)

Aunt Sponge:
Oh looook, there he is. Our dear little nephew!

Aunt Spiker:
Oh poor wittle Jamesy! Left without a Mummy and a Daddy!

Aunt Sponge:
(She embraces him deeply) But don’t you worry my dear boy,

you’ll be loved by your Aunty Sponge and Your Aunty Spiker!

(Suddenly AUNT SPONGE shoves YOUNG JAMES away, and he falls on his

bum on the ground. AUNT SPONGE AND AUNT SPIKER cackle and


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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…

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