History Literature / TheBFG

10th Nov '17 6:48:54 AM fruitstripegum
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* PajamaCladHero: Sophie spends most of the book in her nightdress. She gets a proper dress from the Queen later.
7th Nov '17 7:51:09 AM fruitstripegum
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* AlternateUniverse: Giant country is this in the animated adaptation, complete with a somewhat creepy looking portal.



* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The BFG at first attempts to persuade Bloodbottler into eating a Snozzcumber by comparing it to fruits, which he rejects with disgust, but when he suggests it tastes like bones, [[ImAHumanitarian he's quick to accept]].
%%* BathtubScene: But not for fanservice.



* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: The red and green mouse-type-creature that lives in the BFG's house.

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* RidiculouslyCuteCritter: TheRuntAtTheEnd: The red BFG is the smallest and green mouse-type-creature that lives in physically weakest of the BFG's house.giants. This, along with his refusal to eat humans, is why they all ostracize him.



* SergeantRock: The unamed Paratrooper Sergeant.



* TheRuntAtTheEnd: The BFG is the smallest and physically weakest of the giants. This, along with his refusal to eat humans, is why they all ostracize him.
20th Oct '17 11:07:22 AM Intelleblue
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** In the Hebrew version the giants fear David ([[Literature/TheBible from David and Goliath]]) rather than [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Jack and his giant-killing beanstalk]].

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** In the Hebrew version the giants fear David ([[Literature/TheBible from David and Goliath]]) rather than [[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Jack and his giant-killing beanstalk]].Jack]].



* TheDreaded: The only human bean giants fear is the legendary [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller Jack]].

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* TheDreaded: The only human bean giants fear is the legendary [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller Jack]].[[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Jack and his giant-killing beanstalk]].
20th Oct '17 11:06:11 AM Intelleblue
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** In the Hebrew version the giants fear David ([[Literature/TheBible from David and Goliath]]) rather than [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller Jack]].

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** In the Hebrew version the giants fear David ([[Literature/TheBible from David and Goliath]]) rather than [[Literature/JackTheGiantKiller Jack]].[[Literature/JackAndTheBeanstalk Jack and his giant-killing beanstalk]].
19th Oct '17 2:57:22 AM SideshowJazz19
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* IronicName: Both played straight and averted in the BFG's name. While the "Friendly Giant" makes sense, "Big" does not. While he is a giant, he is actually much smaller than the other giants. While he is big in comparison to humans, it makes no sense to call him big and a giant, because the other giants are the big ones.
27th Aug '17 7:52:26 PM PaulA
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An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989, with its own trope page [[WesternAnimation/TheBFG her]]. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].

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An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989, with its own trope page [[WesternAnimation/TheBFG her]].here]]. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].
27th Aug '17 7:51:42 PM PaulA
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An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].

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An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989.1989, with its own trope page [[WesternAnimation/TheBFG her]]. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].



* KnightOfCerebus: The other giants, especially in the animated film; they induce MoodWhiplash whenever they appear and their ChildEater habits are played very seriously.
* LargeAndInCharge: In the book and both movies, the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, and is their unofficial leader.

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* KnightOfCerebus: The other giants, especially in the animated film; giants; they induce MoodWhiplash whenever they appear and their ChildEater habits are played very seriously.
* LargeAndInCharge: In the book and both movies, the The Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, and is their unofficial leader.



* RedEyesTakeWarning: The evil Giants all have red eyes in the animated film. Although the Fleshlumpeater appears to be blind in one eye.



* ToiletHumor: There is an entire chapter (and in the movie, an entire song) dedicated to a drink that makes one fart (or rather, "make a Whizzpopper")... in pretty epic proportions. The BFG even does one in front of the Queen, who takes it quite amusingly well under the circumstances ("I prefer the bagpipes.") However, since the book was published in 1982, before most examples of the trope were abundant in college movies, and since it really is quite funny, it's not too offputting.

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* ToiletHumor: There is an entire chapter (and in the movie, an entire song) dedicated to a drink that makes one fart (or rather, "make a Whizzpopper")... in pretty epic proportions. The BFG even does one in front of the Queen, who takes it quite amusingly well under the circumstances ("I prefer the bagpipes.") However, since the book was published in 1982, before most examples of the trope were abundant in college movies, and since it really is quite funny, it's not too offputting.




!!The adaptations provide examples of:
* [[AdaptationDyeJob Adaptation Dye-Job]]: Sophie went from having long blonde hair in the book to having short red hair in the animated film.
* AdaptationalBadass: After a fashion -- in the book, the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the giants, but he's also a dimwitted coward who gets taken out by an obvious trick. The animated movie makes him ''far'' more sinister, and he puts up much more of a fight before being brought down.
** Also the soldiers to some extent. In the novel, they very fearfully tie up the giants (while the military commanders wait at a safe distance) and break out into total panic when the giants wake up. Here, they go about their work rather calmly and bravely fend off the giants whom they awaken with success... [[spoiler:at least until the Fleshlumpeater arrives]].
** And then the 2016 movie has the Soldiers go all-out with this trope. Not only do they effortlessly and fearlessly go about their work, tying up the Giants without a second thought, but they also take out the Fleshlumpeater ''as he's waking up.'' Talk about commitment to the cause.
* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall made one for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989.
* AnimatedMusical: The Creator/CosgroveHall version has two songs in it. They are called "Whizzpopping" and "Sometimes, Secretly".
* AnimationBump: In the animated adaptation, different characters were drawn and animated in different ways. The Queen, the Paras and the Royal Guards are drawn in a hyper-realistic, rotoscoped way, while the military commanders, the giants and even Sophie are animated in a more traditionally and cartoonish, but less detailed way. Sometimes, it can be [[UncannyValley rather jarring]] to see the Queen's comparatively stale, realistic expressions compete with the tubby, fat-nosed Field Marshall's over-the-top gesticulations, while on other occasions (like the army overpowering the giants), it's [[StylisticSuck rather genius]].
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Giants is never killing their own kind; only humans is. In the cartoon, Fleshlumpeater tries to kill the BFG after his plan to imprison the evil giants is exposed, on the basis that he [[NoTrueScotsman doesn't consider him a true giant any more, but a "human bean"]].
* ArtisticLicenseAstronomy: In Giant country, the world according to BFG is ''ancient'', just as he is. Said world orbits two stars, one like our own sun, but the other is a bright blue stellar object - such stars burning their mass in a hotter spectrum have ridiculously short lifespans (in comparison to other Suns like ours), and given its close proximity, it'll exhaust its hydrogen, becoming a supergiant that'll swallow up the binary yellow star and Giant country.
* AwardBaitSong: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CmETerX-q0 "Sometimes, Secretly"]] from the movie. It didn't work, though.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: In the animated film, for obvious reasons, Sophie is missing certain anatomy during the bath scene.
* BigNo: Sophie gives a particularly terrifying one when she watches the Fleslumpeater devour a sleeping boy she and BFG had just given a happy dream.
* CanonImmigrant: The mouse-like creature in giant country, who also doubles as a ChekhovsGunman to an extent. His purpose is mainly to provide comic relief in the first half of the film and doesn't interact with the main characters at all until the very end, where he attempts (in vain) to help Sophie escape the Fleshlumpeater.
* ChekhovsGun: In the movie, a nightmare caught early on is used to defeat the Fleshlumpeater and save the day during the climax.
* ComicBookFantasyCasting: In the Disney film, the title character bears a resemblance to actor David Kelly of Film/WakingNedDevine fame.
* DemotedToExtra
** In the animated film, the giants do not feature as much as they do in the book. In the book, they are constantly being talked about and show up in many sequences.
* DeletedScene: The animated film has one of these, and it is unknown why it was deleted. Taking place before the BFG and Sophie arrive at his Dream Cave, the two are on their way back from Dream Country when they again approach the other giant's domain. Sophie is somehow separated and placed in peril when she accidentally sits upon a giant Dragonfly that flies off and drops her amongst the sleeping giants, who begin to stir from her scent. The BFG rescues her before they awake and begin scouring the land, convinced there is a human present.
** The shot of the giants departing is later reused in the film as part of the Queen's nightmare of them and their heinous acts.
* GoOutWithASmile: In the film, [[spoiler:a boy is eaten by Fleshlumpeater while he's having a nice dream]].
* HaHaHaNo: In the movie, the BFG does this when discussing the different flavours of humans from around the world with Sophie.
* IChooseToStay: In the film, [[spoiler:the BFG goes back to Giant Country so he can continue making dreams and Sophie decides to go back with him]].
* InMemoriam: The animated film was dedicated to the memory of George Jackson, who was an animator that worked on the film, and to the memory of Ballard Berkeley, who provided the voice of the Head of the Army.
* ItsPronouncedTropay: Due to their severe lack of education, the giants frequently mispronounce words in the English language; even the BFG refers to human beings as "human beans". During the climax of the film, [[spoiler:when Fleshlumpeater refers to Sophie as a "human bean", the BFG defiantly corrects him]].
* JumpScare: In the movie, the moment when Bloodbottler first enters the BFG's home is ''extremely'' jarring.
* KarmaHoudini: Averted somewhat in the movie: Mrs. Clonkers, who is thoroughly unpleasant and cruel, not only has [[spoiler:her OrphanageOfFear shut down, but it is also decided that she will become the evil Giants' keeper.]] She can't have been too happy about that.
* MagicalLand: Giant Country and Dream Country. The visuals in the animated movie seem to imply they are more akin to [[AnotherDimension other dimensions]].
* MindRape: In the movie, the last evil Giant standing (Fleshlumpeater) is defeated when the BFG blows a nightmare into him, [[spoiler:causing him to hallucinate that he is face-to-face with Jack the Giant Killer]]. In the book, Fleshlumpeater is given that dream much earlier, but only as a humorous aside.
%%* NoIndoorVoice: Fleshlumpeater and Bloodbottler, in the movie.
* NoTrueScotsman: The other giants essentially disown the BFG for not eating humans, though neither party does anything to patch the ties. The climax of the film makes it clear that they [[FantasticRacism don't even consider him a giant.]]
--> '''Fleshlumpeater:''' You is not ''giant!'' You is more like...human bean!
--> '''[[IResembleThatRemark BFG]]:''' [[ItIsPronouncedTropay Human]] ''[[ItIsPronouncedTropay being!]]'' [[InsultBackfire Yes! I'd rather be one of them than like you!]]
* NothingIsScarier: The scene in which the Fleshlumpeater devours a sleeping boy is made even scarier because [[GoryDiscretionShot we don't actually see him do it]]. Instead, when he reaches into the boy's window, it cuts to Sophie whose reaction says it all before cutting back to Fleshlumpeater obviously chewing something we can't see.
* ObviouslyEvil: The giants look even more evil in the animated movie than their physical descriptions and illustrations from the book. For instance, Fleshlumpeater is not only a towering brute, but has fanged, rotten teeth, a scarred face, barbaric regalia, and blood-red eyes.
* OhCrap: In the movie, after the Army captures [[spoiler:eight]] evil Giants:
-->'''Head of the Army:''' Funny. He ''(the BFG)'' said there were [[spoiler:nine!]]
--> '''Head of the Navy:''' You know he can't talk English. He probably can't [[spoiler:count, either!]] Ha-ha!
--> [[spoiler:'''Fleshlumpeater:''' ''(roars)'']]
--> ''(panic ensues)''
** The BFG's expression changes from a satisfied one to this when he sees that the snozzcumber he duped the Bloodbottler into eating has Sophie hiding inside!
* {{Phlegmings}}: Several of the Giants, such as the Bloodbottler.
* PerpetualFrowner: The Fleshlumpeater in the animated film never smiles at all (though he is heard cackling slightly after he traps Sophie)
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: At the climax of the movie, when the enraged Fleshlumpeater is hunting down the titular character: "'''B! F! G!'''"
* SceneryPorn: In the movie, the shots of Dream Country and the exterior shots of the volcano in Giant Country are ''beautiful''.
* SheWhoMustNotBeSeen: Mrs. Clonkers never appears in the animated film. Only her voice is heard.
* ShoutOut: In the animated movie, a young boy has a ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'' poster in his bedroom.
* SlidingScaleofAdaptationModification: Type 4.
* TheVoice: Mrs. Clonkers.
27th Aug '17 7:37:09 PM PaulA
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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: A ''very'' minor case with the Giants in the live-action film. In the book, they're fat, bearded monsters with "piggy little eyes and enormous mouths with thick sausage lips", and in the animated film, they fare even worse. They aren't nearly as hideous in the 2016 movie, as their designs are a bit more human (although they are still considerably repulsive).
* [[AdaptationDyeJob Adaptation Dye-Job]]: Sophie went from having long blonde hair in the book to having short red hair in the animated film. In the live action film, she has short brown hair.

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* AdaptationalAttractiveness: A ''very'' minor case with the Giants in the live-action film. In the book, they're fat, bearded monsters with "piggy little eyes and enormous mouths with thick sausage lips", and in the animated film, they fare even worse. They aren't nearly as hideous in the 2016 movie, as their designs are a bit more human (although they are still considerably repulsive).
* [[AdaptationDyeJob Adaptation Dye-Job]]: Sophie went from having long blonde hair in the book to having short red hair in the animated film. In the live action film, she has short brown hair.



* BoyishShortHair: Sophie in the film.



** The Bloodbottler. In the book and animated film, he has a scene in the BFG's home that serves as an EstablishingCharacterMoment for the giants, and is therefore the only giant besides the Fleshlumpeater to get any amount of screentime. In the live-action film, his scene is given to the Fleshlumpeater.



* TheEighties: Spielberg's adaptation places the film explicitly in the 1980s, as the Queen contacts Nancy Reagan via phone and asks if "Ronnie" is in.
27th Aug '17 7:07:19 AM SimpsonsLover24
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An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall in 1989. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].

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An AnimatedAdaptation was made by Creator/CosgroveHall for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989. A new live-action adaptation by Disney directed by Creator/StevenSpielberg was released in July 2016, with its own trope page [[Film/TheBFG here]].



* BigNo: Sophie, when [[spoiler:Fleshlumpeater]] is implied to eat [[spoiler:a young boy]].

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* BigNo: Sophie, when [[spoiler:Fleshlumpeater]] [[spoiler:the Fleshlumpeater]] is implied to eat [[spoiler:a young boy]].



* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall made one in 1989.
* AnimatedMusical: The Creator/CosgroveHall version had two songs in it.

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* AnimatedAdaptation: Creator/CosgroveHall made one for Creator/TheCannonGroup in 1989.
* AnimatedMusical: The Creator/CosgroveHall version had has two songs in it.it. They are called "Whizzpopping" and "Sometimes, Secretly".


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* DeletedScene: The animated film has one of these, and it is unknown why it was deleted. Taking place before the BFG and Sophie arrive at his Dream Cave, the two are on their way back from Dream Country when they again approach the other giant's domain. Sophie is somehow separated and placed in peril when she accidentally sits upon a giant Dragonfly that flies off and drops her amongst the sleeping giants, who begin to stir from her scent. The BFG rescues her before they awake and begin scouring the land, convinced there is a human present.
** The shot of the giants departing is later reused in the film as part of the Queen's nightmare of them and their heinous acts.


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* InMemoriam: The animated film was dedicated to the memory of George Jackson, who was an animator that worked on the film, and to the memory of Ballard Berkeley, who provided the voice of the Head of the Army.
14th Jun '17 9:49:55 PM nombretomado
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* OneGenderRace: The Giants are exclusively male; this is a trope Dahl plays with at least twice, as in ''TheWitches'' the villainous race of that piece is all female (and a few all-male races are mentioned in it too). Giants simply come into being. The Giant race is pretty small, actually -- there's only 10 of them.

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* OneGenderRace: The Giants are exclusively male; this is a trope Dahl plays with at least twice, as in ''TheWitches'' ''Literature/TheWitches'' the villainous race of that piece is all female (and a few all-male races are mentioned in it too). Giants simply come into being. The Giant race is pretty small, actually -- there's only 10 of them.
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