History YMMV / JamesAndTheGiantPeach

9th Nov '17 9:18:25 PM ChrisDen
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*** Taken [[UpToEleven]] in the musical. We first see James in an orphanage having a nightmare about his parents' deaths. Then, the Matron Nurse tells him he's leaving the orphanage to go live with his aunts, whom he's never met while telling him not to be a nuisance because he can't ever go back to the orphanage. Spiker and Sponge take every opportunity to taunt James AND his deceased parents, call him worthless and threaten to put him down a well as punishment. To top it off, they destroy James's mother's scarf and his father's glasses IN FRONT OF HIM while telling him he has to sleep outside. And the best part? He's between the ages of six and eight (like the book), as the musical confirms James is young enough to still be afraid of the dark. By the time James has his second nightmare on the peach and tells the insects that his parents are dead, he's pretty much on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Thank goodness "Everywhere That You Are" starts up.

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*** Taken [[UpToEleven]] UpToEleven in the musical. We first see James in an orphanage having a nightmare about his parents' deaths. Then, the Matron Nurse tells him he's leaving the orphanage to go live with his aunts, whom he's never met while telling him not to be a nuisance because he can't ever go back to the orphanage. Spiker and Sponge take every opportunity to taunt James AND his deceased parents, call him worthless and threaten to put him down a well as punishment. To top it off, they destroy James's mother's scarf and his father's glasses IN FRONT OF HIM while telling him he has to sleep outside. And the best part? He's between the ages of six and eight (like the book), as the musical confirms James is young enough to still be afraid of the dark. By the time James has his second nightmare on the peach and tells the insects that his parents are dead, he's pretty much on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Thank goodness "Everywhere That You Are" starts up.
23rd Oct '17 8:59:50 PM RinK
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***Taken [[UpToEleven]] in the musical. We first see James in an orphanage having a nightmare about his parents' deaths. Then, the Matron Nurse tells him he's leaving the orphanage to go live with his aunts, whom he's never met while telling him not to be a nuisance because he can't ever go back to the orphanage. Spiker and Sponge take every opportunity to taunt James AND his deceased parents, call him worthless and threaten to put him down a well as punishment. To top it off, they destroy James's mother's scarf and his father's glasses IN FRONT OF HIM while telling him he has to sleep outside. And the best part? He's between the ages of six and eight (like the book), as the musical confirms James is young enough to still be afraid of the dark. By the time James has his second nightmare on the peach and tells the insects that his parents are dead, he's pretty much on the verge of an emotional breakdown. Thank goodness "Everywhere That You Are" starts up.
23rd Sep '17 8:49:03 AM Mineburst
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* UnexpectedCharacter: [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]] shows up as the captain of the skeleton pirates. Henry Selik and Creator/TimBurton worked on both films and the model for Jack was reused for the pirate captain.
14th Sep '17 1:45:18 AM Scabbard
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Here's how it could have worked in the movie: the rhino was an eldetrich abomination that the old man was put in charge of locking up. But it escaped one night due to his carelessness, and when it entered earth, it killed James parents merely because they were the first people it saw, but not James because it did not notice him. There also could have been a subplot about the authorities not believing James about the rhino's true self and assuming that the shock of seeing an ordinary rhino eat his parents traumatized him so much that he imaged the rhino that way. It also would have explained why the old man wanted to help James escape, since HE was indirectly responsible for his parents death.

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\n** Here's how it could have worked in the movie: the rhino was an eldetrich eldritch abomination that the old man was put in charge of locking up. But it escaped one night due to his carelessness, and when it entered earth, it killed James parents merely because they were the first people it saw, but not James because it did not notice him. There also could have been a subplot about the authorities not believing James about the rhino's true self and assuming that the shock of seeing an ordinary rhino eat his parents traumatized him so much that he imaged the rhino that way. It also would have explained why the old man wanted to help James escape, since HE was indirectly responsible for his parents death.
13th Sep '17 7:03:41 AM Hedging
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The notion of turning the ordinary rhinocerous that ate James' parents from the book into a demonic being from the clouds was not a bad one and had quite a bit of potential, but the writers were a bit too lazy in executing it, resulting in its role in the film being confusing.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The notion concept of turning the ordinary rhinocerous rhino that ate killed James' parents from in the book into a demonic being from the clouds Chernabog-esque Eldrich abomination itself was not a bad one idea and had quite a bit of potential, but could have worked perfectly.The trouble was that the writers were a bit far too lazy in with executing it, resulting in its role not giving it any backstory or apparent motive, making the concept confusing. Why did it attack James parents in the film being confusing.first place? Were the aunts aware that it was a cloud monster in the beginning, or just taunting him? Why did the rhino wait until the group reached New York to attack them as opposed to earlier? Was it even real or just James imagination?

Here's how it could have worked in the movie: the rhino was an eldetrich abomination that the old man was put in charge of locking up. But it escaped one night due to his carelessness, and when it entered earth, it killed James parents merely because they were the first people it saw, but not James because it did not notice him. There also could have been a subplot about the authorities not believing James about the rhino's true self and assuming that the shock of seeing an ordinary rhino eat his parents traumatized him so much that he imaged the rhino that way. It also would have explained why the old man wanted to help James escape, since HE was indirectly responsible for his parents death.
11th Sep '17 7:25:19 AM yakko
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** The backgrounds in New York City are very obviously painted backdrops.

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** The backgrounds in New York City A few of the special effects are very obviously [[SpecialEffectsFailure quite unconvincing]], such as the clearly wooden seagull puppets, the clearly cgi-mechanical shark and ocean water, and the clearly painted backdrops. backdrops used for NYC.
11th Sep '17 7:21:43 AM yakko
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** The backgrounds in New York City are very obviously painted backdrops.
21st Aug '17 11:10:57 AM Hedging
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The notion of turning the ordinary rhinocerous that ate James' parents from the book into a demonic being from the clouds was actually not a bad one, but the writers were a bit too lazy in executing it, resulting in its role being confusing.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The notion of turning the ordinary rhinocerous that ate James' parents from the book into a demonic being from the clouds was actually not a bad one, one and had quite a bit of potential, but the writers were a bit too lazy in executing it, resulting in its role in the film being confusing.
20th Aug '17 11:13:05 AM Hedging
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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: The notion of turning the ordinary rhinocerous that ate James' parents from the book into a demonic being from the clouds was actually not a bad one, but the writers were a bit too lazy in executing it, resulting in its role being confusing.
20th Aug '17 9:36:56 AM Hedging
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