James Henry Trotter was a young boy who lived a happy life with his parents, until they were eaten by a rhinoceros ([[AscendedToCarnivorism yes, really]]). Afterwards, he is sent to live with his abusive aunts, Spiker and Sponge. One day, James meets a strange old man who gives him a bag of magic "crocodile tongues", which can make James' life better. James accidentally drops the bag on his way home, which causes the contents to sink into the ground. Soon, a nearby peach tree starts to bear fruit, namely, the titular giant peach, which grows to about twice the size of the tree. One night, James crawls into a hole in the peach, and discovers a group of huge, talking insects (another result of the "crocodile tongues"), who befriend James, and they all decide to travel to New York City in the peach (initially by floating the peach on the Atlantic Ocean, then by flying through attaching seagulls to it) to start their lives anew.

Creator/RoaldDahl's first children's novel, published in 1961, was made into a 1996 live-action/stop-motion animated film from Disney, directed by Henry Selick and produced by Tim Burton (the respective director and producer of ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''), with songs written by Randy Newman. Despite doing poorly at the box office, and getting lukewarm reviews upon its original release, it has since become a CultClassic, and is one of the better adaptations of Dahl's work, though it can be considered... trippy.

In 2013, the story was adapted into a musical, featuring all-new songs. The soundtrack can be download for free here: http://jatgp.com/
[[folder:Tropes shared by book and film]]
* AbusiveParents: James' aunts, Spiker and Sponge (for a given definition of "parent").
* AlienLunch: The foods the bugs sing about in "Eating the Peach"--like curried slugs and plates of soil with engine oil.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: According to his backstory, James Henry Trotter's parents were eaten alive by an [[RhinoRampage escaped zoo rhinoceros]]. In real life, rhinos are ''herbivores'' (they are the largest extant perissodactyls, i.e. related to horses). The film adaptation averted this by changing said rhino from an actual rhinoceros to a large rhinoceros-shaped demon made entirely out of thunderclouds, but the beginning narration still claims they were eaten..
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: [[DownplayedTrope Not really.]] While Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge are hideously ugly, with James (and his parents, the short time they appear) being notably easier on the eyes, the bugs are UglyCute at best.
* CarnivoreConfusion: There's a bit of a disconnect with a spider and a centipede being amongst the other invertebrates. This is even lampshaded in the film, with Ms. Spider noting how the peach tastes "better than ladybugs" (with Mrs. Ladybug getting understandibly miffed). This makes some sense, since they all just recently gained their sentience and would presumably have behaved like normal invertebrates before the crocodile tongues came along.
* CassandraTruth:
** In the book, the flying peach is spotted by the crew of a ship during its flight over the ocean, though only the Captain has binoculars and can see it more clearly. When he starts talking about giant insects, the crew comment that he's "been at the whiskey again" and go fetch the ship's doctor.
** In the movie, the New Yorkers initially don't believe James when he tells them about the bugs and about flying across the ocean. Spiker and Sponge try to work this by claiming he's a pathological liar.
* ConvenientlyAnOrphan: James' parents have a [[DroppedABridgeOnHim bridge dropped on them]] so suddenly that it could well be a parody of these tropes.
* DeadpanSnarker: Centipede, in both book and movie, is a ''loud'' one. In the movie, Miss Spider is a more subdued and genuinely deadpan one, leading to a few moments of SnarkToSnarkCombat between the two. In the book, the Earthworm has a more sarcastic edge and is the one who engages in SnarkToSnarkCombat with the Centipede.
%%* TheEeyore: The Earthworm.
* ExtremeOmnivore: In both versions of the story, when the group realise they can just eat the abundant flesh of their giant peach, they celebrate by singing a song about various impossible dishes they have tried and enjoyed. The versions [[http://www.romanization.com/personal/randy/eating_the_peach.html differ between book and film]], but are all quite... exotic.
* FatAndSkinny: Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker.
* FateWorseThanDeath: The book and the film clarify that James would've been better off killed alongside his parents than living with his [[WickedStepmother evil aunts]].
-->'''Narrator''': Their troubles, if they had any at all, were over in thirty-five seconds flat, but James' troubles were just beginning...
* FauxAffablyEvil: Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker come across this when they invite people to witness the giant peach...and then force James to clean up the mess they made.
* FriendlessBackground: James was isolated while living with his aunts. In the film, Miss Spider also mentions that she never had any friends before meeting the other bugs.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodSpider: There is a friendly spider appropriately named "Miss Spider". In the book, she is more of a grandmother-like figure, while in the film she is darker and more gothic, but still all around good.
* GrannyClassic: The Ladybug fills this role in both the movie and the book.
* {{Greed}}: The aunts use the peach as a tourist trap, with tickets being one shilling. Only newborn babies (under six weeks old) are half-price, and those with cameras are charged double. There is a KickTheDog moment in the film, where they kick a family out and refuse to refund them after a little girl asked if she can touch the peach, as well as arbitrarily charging a priest double.
* HateSink: Aunt Spiker and Aunt Sponge serve as this, since there's not actually a BigBad in the story.
* HeyYou: James gets called a number of names by Spiker and Sponge. According to the narrator they never actually referred to him by name.
* IdiotBall: The entire crew thinks that they are going to starve and forgets that they are riding on a giant fruit.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:How the peach lands; it gets speared on the end of the Empire State Building.]]
* InterspeciesRomance: In the epilogue of the book, the Ladybug marries the (presumably human) head of the New York Fire Department. In the film, there are a couple of hints of a developing mutual attraction between the Centipede and Miss Spider, especially after the skeleton pirate fight.
* IShouldWriteABookAboutThis: And he did. Apparently he made a movie, too.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Centipede. He's a [[MilesGloriosus boastful]], selfish, [[DeadpanSnarker sarcastic]] and inconsiderate guy who'll [[TheGadfly push other people's (and bugs') buttons just for the hell of it]], but he's also affable and easygoing, and when it comes down to it, he's not actually a bad person.
* MakeAWish: How James gets the crocodile tongues (and in a roundabout way, how he uses them).
* MilesGloriosus: Centipede. In the book, he's always going on about what a dangerous pest he is, but he's really pretty harmless. In the movie, he also brags about being a globetrotter, but his knowledge about navigation and geography are severely lacking. [[spoiler: Turns out all his knowledge comes from the time when he lived between two pages of an old issue of the ''National Geographic'' magazine.]]
--> [[spoiler:"Very informative magazine, the ''National Geographic.'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Wonderful pictures.]]"]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: The Centipede gets the party into trouble more than once in both book and movie. In the movie he feels bad and tries to make things right -- in the book he just laughs it off and goes off to cause another disaster.
* ParentalSubstitute: The bugs become this for James, particularly Miss Spider and the Grasshopper.
* PoliceAreUseless: Are they ever. [[spoiler:When James's aunts are outed for all the abuse they've done to James, they go after him with axes, while the Police and the Fire department play crowd control and leave James to fight off his aunts]]. Played with in the book as well, where the policemen and firemen spend most of their on-page time panicking upon seeing the bugs and naming the various kinds of monsters they think they're seeing. There's no actual danger involved here, since the bugs are all friendly.
* RhinoRampage: At the start, both of James' parents are killed by an escaped rhino.
* TrueCompanions: In the film there's even a song about it.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: Subverted. Centipede even repeats several times how he's proud to be a pest.
--> "Time to go make a pest of myself, heh heh heh heh!"
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue: Both the book and film have them, the film presenting them by way of SpinningPaper. There are a couple of differences in how the bugs end up from book to film. The Grasshopper, Earthworm and Glowworm are the same, but the rest of them are different:
** The Centipede, who in the book is borderline obsessed with his many boots, becomes the spokesperson for a high-class firm of boot and shoe manufacturers. In the film, where he only has one pair of boots (because most of his many legs are depicted as arms) he instead runs for Mayor of New York, promising "the Moon and then some" -- with no clue provided as to whether he actually won the election or not.
** Miss Spider, in the book, teams up with the Silkworm (who doesn't appear in the movie) and learns to produce nylon thread and sets up a factory that makes ropes for tightrope-walkers. In the film, she opens a saucy night club in New York called, appropriately, "Spider Club."
** Mrs. Ladybug, in the book, [[InterspeciesRomance marries the head of the New York City Fire Department]] thanks to a life-long fear that house was on fire and her children all gone. In the movie, she becomes a highly-respected obstetrician, with her headline declaring: "Dr. Ladybug Delivers 1,000th baby."
* WouldHurtAChild: Spiker and Sponge beat James regularly while he was living with him for the most mundane reasons and even try to ''axe him'' in the movie when he exposes their poor treatment of him to the New Yorkers.

[[folder:Tropes exclusive to the book]]
* AdultsAreUseless: And giant bugs aren't much more useful. Though they have skills and knowledge that can be put to good use, James is the clear leader, he's the one who has all the good ideas, and he's the one everyone turns to in times of crisis.
* AmbiguousGender: The Silkworm is referred to as a "he" by the Old-Green-Grasshopper, but later on as a "she" by the narrative.
* AndIMustScream: At one point, the Centipede gets coated with paint that dries quickly, making him immobile and only able to communicate through muffled noises. Earthworm sees it as an improvement, and is very disappointed when the paint gets washed off.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: The Rhinoceros, apparently.
* AssholeVictim: James' aunts, who die when the giant peach crushes them.
* CheerfulChild: James, in direct contrast to his more anxious film counterpart.
* {{Cumulonemesis}}: The Cloud People.
* DoNotTauntCthulhu: The Cloud People are pretty sinister from the get-go, but are too astonished at the sight of the flying peach to attack... so of ''course'' the Centipede has to call them names and make rude gestures just to show he's not afraid of them. [[WhatTheHellHero The others immediately call him out on it,]] but by then the damage is already done and the peach is under attack.
* EarlyBirdCameo:
** The book contains references to [[Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator Vermicious Knids]], Whangdoodles, Snozzwangers and Hornswogglers, all creatures later mentioned in other Roald Dahl books.
** There are a few more ideas in this book that would later be used in the two Charlie books. The peach smashes into and partially destroys a [[Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory chocolate factory]] on its wild ride towards the sea (to the delight of many children, who are suddenly swimming in chocolate). The Centipede also sarcastically mentions "skyhooks" as a possibility for hauling the peach out of the ocean, an answer Willy Wonka gives Grandma Josephine in ''Literature/CharlieAndTheGreatGlassElevator'' when she asks what's keeping the Great Glass Elevator up.
* EscapedAnimalRampage: James' parents were killed by a rhinoceros that broke out of London Zoo.
* HeavySleeper: The Silkworm, who spends most of the book fast asleep. He's AdaptedOut of the movie, and not much is lost.
* KarmicDeath:
** Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, very early on. It's made pretty blatant that they ''could'' have survived the giant rolling peach if they had cooperated instead of tripping one another up in order to save themselves.
** The Centipede also sums up their deaths as a direct result of Sponge having killed Miss Spider's uncle earlier on -- after all, he points out, everybody knows it's ''bad luck to kill a spider''.
* TheMillstone: The Centipede, whose sole contribution to the party is to gnaw over the peach stalk and set the peach rolling. After this, he mainly just makes a nuisance of himself (though he does tend to get the [[DeadpanSnarker funniest lines]] and [[RhymesOnADime sings most of the songs in the book.]])
* ShownTheirWork: Though the story is most certainly a fantasy and takes several AcceptableBreaksFromReality, there's a lot of accurate trivia and information about the various types of bug, as the bugs are happy to tell James of various quirks and traits of their kind.
* StaticCharacter: Most, if not all, the characters stubbornly refuse any kind of CharacterDevelopment. Particularly blatant with the Centipede, who [[ButtMonkey suffers the most abuse]] but cheerfully refuses to learn any sort of lesson.
* TheVillainSucksSong: Sung by the Centipede (on Miss Spider's request), about Spiker and Sponge. One of the rare examples of this type of song that's sung ''after'' the villain has died.
* TheVoiceless: The Silkworm doesn't get a single spoken line.

[[folder:Tropes exclusive to the film]]
* AdaptationalBadass: The rhino that killed James's parents was a normal rhino....that ate them despite being an herbivore in the books. In the film, it's a freaking EldritchAbomination (which actually justifies how it ate James's parents, though as a {{Handwave}}).
* AdaptationExpansion: In the original book, the only major trouble in the journey is the confrontation with the Cloud People (who are not present here). In the movie, there's a mechanical shark, a trip to the North Pole with undead pirates and facing the Sky Rhinoceros.
** Also, in the book it's just coincidence that they arrive in New York. The movie, on the other hand, makes it so that James has wanted to go to New York since before his parents were killed.
** Just to make the peach a bit more interesting as a setpiece, it picks up a spiral of fence planks in its journey to the sea, which makes a "staircase" that allows the characters to move around the outside rather than confining them to the top and inside.
* AdaptationalHeroism:
** While the insects in the novel weren't villainous by any means, they were considerably more self-absorbed and snarky than their film counterparts, falling very much into the GoodIsNotNice trope. Upon first meeting James in the book, they basically say "Hey there, you're one of us now, no time for a proper explaination-now makes yourself useful and remove all one-hundred of the centipede's boots for him.),whereas in the film they politely greet and calm down the terrified James when he first sees them.
*** The Centipede is probably the best example. In the book, he just laughs off whatever trouble he caused - in the film, however, he's guilt-stricken when he realizes that everyone could die because of him, and immediately risks his life to try and make things right.
** Also as a very ''very'' minor example, instead of giving James just a board to sleep on, the aunts do give him a real bed.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: The film retains the basic personalities of all the characters from the novel, with the exception of Ms. Spider. Wheras in the novel, she was more of a GenkiGirl (though not as much as Ms. Ladybug), the film turns her into a snarky French chick, who isn't one to be messed with.
* AdaptedOut:
** The Silkworm doesn't appear in the movie. Given how she was an extremely minor character in the book who never even got a spoken line of dialogue and what little function she performs in the plot is easily taken over by Miss Spider, the loss is barely noticeable.
** The Cloud People don't appear in the movie, having essentially being replaced with the skeleton pirates (though traits of them can be found in the movie's version of the rhino).
* ArbitrarySkepticism: The people from New York at first laugh at James' tale of crossing the ocean with a group of giant bugs, this after he literally fell from the sky on a ''Giant Peach'' and landed on top of the Empire State building.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Done with Miss Spider to avoid awkwardness- instead of having biological spinnerets on her rear, her silk comes from a spool contraption normally hidden in a compartment on her back.
* ArtShift: In the movie, James has a DisneyAcidSequence dream about his aunts finding him. The art shifts from stop-motion to cutout animation, kind of like Slow Bob In The Lower Dimension, a short directed by Henry Selick.
** More obviously, the style changes significantly after James enters the peach.
* AscendedExtra: The Rhinoceros gets this treatment in the film. Being originally just a normal rhinoceros escaped from the zoo, it is here a supernatural beast made of clouds and lightning.
* AxCrazy: Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker [[spoiler:try to kill James with axes, complete with a SlasherSmile!]]
* BagOfHolding: Ms. Ladybug pulls out a hand mirror (Which is about half her size), a megaphone, three bouquets of fully bloomed flowers, and Grasshopper's top hat and cane!
* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: When James notes to Ms. Spider how kind she is with him she replies that its because he was kind to her first; she happens to be the spider on the window of James' bedroom, the one which he saved from his aunts.
* BetaCouple: Debatable. Most fans of James and the Giant Peach movie end up pairing Mr. Grasshopper and Mrs. Ladybug together for no reason other that they are simply there and single.
* BigNo: James does this in the movie version when he is falling into the peach while the peach is falling onto the Empire State Building.
* BrooklynRage: Centipede in the movie, given he's played by native Brooklynite Creator/RichardDreyfuss. The others even call him "The Yank," and at one point he even shouts "I'm from Brooklyn!"
* CanonForeigner: The Skeleton Pirates did not appear in the book. In the movie, they've replaced the Cloud People, maybe to give the characters a part of the journey off the peach instead of another case of "defending the peach against attackers."
* CartoonBugSprayer: In a DreamSequence, the aunts use one of these on a bug version of James.
* CharacterDevelopment: As opposed to the book, most of the main characters go through a small character arc.
** James spends much of the movie being timid and scared of his aunts and the rhino, but in the end learns to face his fears and stand up to them.
** The Centipede starts out as a {{Jerkass}} MilesGloriosus who makes bold claims but is essentially useless when called upon to actually ''do'' something. Over the course of the movie he takes a level in both [[TookALevelInKindness Kindness]] and [[TookALevelInBadass Badass]] and becomes a hero in the end.
** Miss Spider, though affectionate towards James, is aloof and reserved with the other bugs (except with the Centipede, to whom she's openly hostile), but eventually warms up to them all and becomes friendlier.
** The Earthworm, at first, is incapable of seeing the positive side of anything, but while he never quite loses his fundamental pessimism he learns how to "look at it another way."
** Mr. Grasshopper starts out as a class-conscious snob, and becomes... less of a class-conscious snob.
*** Not sure how class-conscious Mr. Grasshopper is--Centipede aside, he seems to interact just fine with the other insects, especially Mrs. Ladybug, who appears to be middle-class at most and he adores James, whose family may have been lower middle-class at best. It might be more accurate to say he has a serious suspicion of Centipede's claims (which ends up being justified) but comes to appreciate the lengths to which Centipede is willing to go to save them. Based on his honest, obvious dismay at Centipede's "pesticide" and the violin performance on the peach, it almost looks like Mr. Grasshopper goes through the biggest change in terms of one-on-one relationships.
* CompositeCharacter: The rhino and the cloud people have essentially been merged to create a sinister cloud rhino.
* ChekhovsGun: A relatively minor example, but early in the film when the aunts giant peach business is in operation, a newspaper photographer takes a snapshot of the aunts for the newspaper, which they keep for themselves (and refuse to allow him to take photographs of the peach). When the aunts arrive in New York to claim James and the peach, the use this snapshot to do so for the latter.
* ChildHater: The aunts hate James and spend every waking moment abusing him. But one early scene shows they might hate all children. Remember that little girl they kicked out (''[[ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney without refunding her family]]'') just because [[DisproportionateRetribution she wanted to touch the peach]]!?
* CuteMonsterGirl: Miss Spider, who has a (deliberately) rather creepy and uncanny design compared to the others.
* DarkActionGirl: Miss Spider, but she's a good version.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Despite the aunts being SparedByTheAdaptation and the old man definitely being LighterAndSofter than in the book, the movie has a noticeably darker tone and feel than the book does; probably because James is more anxious and more visibly affected by his aunts' abuse of him.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Miss Spider. Although she is naturally solitary and mysterious and the other bugs seem to have some fear of her, she is at heart a good-natured and hospitable character, especially to James. [[spoiler: He did save her life in the beginning, after all.]]
* DeadHatShot: Seems to be [[spoiler: Centipede's]] fate, but he survives.
* DemBones: Centipede, James, and Spider face undead skeleton pirates in a shipwreck underwater.
* TheDeterminator: Say what anyone will about the aunts, but in the film, those two are REALLY determined to get "their" peach back, driving even through the frigid waters of the NORTH POLE!
* DisproportionateRetribution: A five year old girl wants to touch your peach? Leave your money here and [[GetOut GET OUT]]!
* DivergentCharacterEvolution: In the book version, Miss Spider and Mrs. Ladybug shared similar personalities (though Miss Spider expressed her angst a bit more). In the film, Miss Spider, while still gentle and kind to James, became a introverted DeadpanSnarker that almost all the other bugs feared due to their concern that she would try to eat them.
* EatTheCamera: Done on the Earthworm when he is chosen to be the bait to attract the seagulls; the mouth-zoom acts as a transition with the next shot of the GilliganCut being in his open mouth.
* EldritchAbomination: The Rhino in the film.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: Invoked with Miss Spider, whose otherwise very humanoid face has two eyes per socket- she ''is'' a spider, after all!
* {{Foreshadowing}}: If you look closely in the first few minutes, you can see the various insects and bugs that will have a larger role later on in the film. Even the [[spoiler: Empire State Building]] is seen as a cloud!
** When James first meets the insects, Miss Spider is the one who knows James' name.
* FriendshipSong: "Family". A song about how the denizens of the peach have come so far together because of James, and that they care for him just like family.
* GetTheeToANunnery: Modern day viewers will hear Grasshopper's infamous "You, sir, are an ass!" line and think he means "ass" as in "asshole." When the movie was made, "ass" was more commonly used to refer to someone who was particularly stubborn.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar:
** Also, Grasshopper provides this little gem:
--->'''Grasshopper:''' You are a disgrace to your order, class, phylum, genus, and species!\\
'''Centipede:''' Say it in English!\\
'''Grasshopper:''' You, sir, are an ass!
** In "That's the Life for Me," Centipede talks about being a ladykiller. Grasshopper talks about "intellectual stimulation," to which the Centipede responds, "Yeah, maybe for ''you.''"
** When the Centipede jumps into the icy water in the pirates' domain to find a compass, the Grasshopper thinks he's committed "pesticide".
* GiantSpaceFleaFromNowhere: While the rhino from the book was a real rhino that escaped from the zoo, the rhino in the film is a supernatural being with no known origin.
** The mechanical shark is also this, with no explained origin either. In the book, the peach was instead attacked by a group of normal sharks.
* GiganticMoon: The film has an extremely large moon riding the night sky.
* GilliganCut: Done when Earthworm realizes the others want to use him as bait to attract the seagulls, with Earthworm wearing a cowbell to grab the birds' attention.
-->'''Earthworm:''' Oh no...no, no...have you lost your minds?\\
''(they grab the Earthworm, whose EatTheCamera scream transitions us to the next shot with him wearing the bell...)''\\
'''Earthworm:''' They've lost their minds! Anything but birds!
* GospelRevivalNumber: "Good News".
* {{Goth}}: Miss Spider, who has a spooky design in mostly black-and-white colors, loves the night and darkness, has a reclusive nature, and squeezes some moments of creepiness into the cheery group songs. She's actually quite nice if you're nice to her.
* HappilyAdopted: James. At the end of the film, it's made clear the bugs adopted him and care for him as their own son. It's clear that James is more than happy to be part of their family.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler: Centipede. He turns out to be alive, though.]]
* HighClassGlass: Worn by Grasshopper in the film.
* HumiliationConga: Since Sponge and Spiker are SparedByTheAdaptation, they go through one of these, courtesy of the bugs, at the end.
* ImNotAfraidOfYou: The TropeNamer.
* IWantSong: "That's the Life For Me" for the bugs, and "My Name is James" for... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin James]].
* KickTheDog: The aunts ''love'' this trope so much. There's never a minute where they don't abuse James, but one horrific moment is when they kick a family out because one child [[DisproportionateRetribution wanted to touch the peach]]. That's just plain cruel on so many levels.
* LargeHam: Richard Dreyfuss as Centipede in the film should definitely count. "I'm from Brooklyn!!"
* LaymansTerms: The Grasshopper (along with the other bugs) chastise the Centipede for inadvertently steering the peach off-course, in a language the latter barely understands:
-->'''Grasshopper:''' This is an outrage! You are a disgrace to your Phylum, Order, Class, Genus and Spe--\\
'''Centipede:''' Say it in English!\\
'''Grasshopper:''' You, sir, are an ass!
* LighterAndSofter: Despite the overall DarkerAndEdgier feel of the movie, it's LighterAndSofter in two very notable aspects: First, the fact that [[SparedByTheAdaptation Spiker and Sponge survive]]. Second, the old man with the crocodile tongues has been softened up considerably. In the book he seems unhinged and vaguely predatory, and you genuinely wonder if it wasn't a good thing that James accidentally lost the tongues -- the movie version, while still mysterious and weird, is a lot milder and more obviously a good guy.
* LittleNo: James at the end [[spoiler: when the aunts show up in New York.]]
* MamaBear: Both Miss Spider and Mrs. Ladybug show shades of this in regards to James.
* MeatOVision: The Centipede starts seeing everything as food with increasing hunger.
* MediumBlending: Live action at the beginning, stop motion animation through the middle, both at the end, as well as a brief cut-out animation segment in the movie.
* MoodWhiplash: Right after the insects sing a song about how James is such a great person whose kept them alive this whole time and they're family and the group finally reaches New York City with joy is when [[spoiler: the rhino, who James feared would attack him the entire time, finally decides to do so.]]
* MorphicResonance: Miss Spider is just as Burtonian before she gets anthropomorphized, and the markings help to broadcast that she's the same bug.
* MultinationalTeam: Movie version-only. While Grasshopper, Earthworm, Ladybug, Glowworm and James are from different parts of Britain, Spider is French and Centipede is from Brooklyn.
** Miss Spider gives off [[SensualSlavs Russian/Soviet vibes]] as well; her accent [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent doesn't sound]] ''too'' French. Considering her vibe, this may be a downplay of VampireVords as well.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Centipede after getting the peach lost and overhearing the others talk about how they're going to die in the Arctic. It's this that encourages him to jump into the frozen waters in search of a compass.
* NightmareDreams: At one point in the film, James has a nightmare in which he's a caterpillar eating a peach, when suddenly his aunts arrive and spray a pesticide cloud at him... which subsequently transforms into the rhino and begins chasing him.
* NotAfraidOfYouAnymore: James delivers this the rhino, and then to his aunts.
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: Centipede is seen beginning to fend off hordes of pirate zombies underwater before James and Miss Spider pull away to the surface, along with the camera shot. Cue the DeadHatShot that indicates a HeroicSacrifice.[[spoiler:..until Centipede also emerges from the water, completely alive and unscathed.]]
* PapaWolf: Both Centipede and Mr. Grasshopper. Seriously, don't threaten James in front of them; you WILL regret it.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "I said: NO! I'M! NOT!"
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: James deliver a biting one to his aunts when they attempt to force him to return to England with them, outing them on their abuse in front of all of New York!
* RiddleForTheAges: ''What'' was the rhino? Was it a manifestation of James's fear, an EldritchAbomination, or... What?
* RogerRabbitEffect: The insects when they arrive at New York in the end. [[WhatCouldHaveBeen Selick initially wanted this for James while on the journey across the ocean with insects]] but ultimately decided that giving him a ToonTransformation would be cheaper and easier.
* RoleReprisal: In a production sense- Lane Smith had formerly illustrated Dahl's book, and he returns here as a concept designer.
* SecondPersonAttack: At the end of the peach party song, with peach goo.
* ShoutOut: Look for the WesternAnimation/DonaldDuck and [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]] cameo in the film! The Jack cameo is made especially evident because of the Centipede's dialogue: "A s-skellington...? Jackpot!"
** Incidentally, they even sell action figures including that costume, though still under the banner of ''The Nightmare Before Christmas''.
* SlapSlapKiss: Centipede and Miss Spider, in the movie, though the slapping is mostly before they express interest in each other.
* SlasherSmile: Mrs. Ladybug and Miss Spider pull one off in the movie, when they both meet James. Subverted in that they were actually smiling normally, but the lighting and James' terror made their smiles look more sinister.
** Captain [[WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas Jack Skellington]] manages one when capturing Centipede. In fact, it's [[ShoutOut the same one he pulled back in]] ''WesternAnimation/TheNightmareBeforeChristmas''!
* SomeonesTouchingMyButt: When the lights are out and everyone's fallen on each other, the Centipede tries to pinch Miss Spider but instead pinches the Earthworm. Then the Spider tries to smack the Centipede and ends up hitting the Grasshopper.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: Spiker and Sponge are squashed flat by the peach early in the book. In the movie they survive and show up for a final confrontation where James gets to stand up to them.
* TheStinger: A pretty odd one in the movie. [[spoiler: It's a mechanical arcade game called "Spike the Aunts", where figures of the aunts are butted by a rhino.]]
* SuperNotDrowningSkills: Two humanoid bugs and a human child fight undead pirates underwater... and speak underwater... and in the ''North Pole''... but it could be an effect of the [[AWizardDidIt magic crocodile tongues]].
** Also the aunts [[spoiler: apparently managed to drive their car all the way across the Atlantic ocean floor for possibly several days, yet they show up in new York without even gasping for breath!]]
* TeethFlying: Happens to the Centipede and the robot shark. (No fistfight, but teeth are still flying.)
* TemptingFate[=/=]WhyAreYouLookingAtMeLikeThat: Earthworm, wondering what kind of bait will be used to attract the seagulls.
* VillainousBreakdown: In the film, Spiker and Sponge come at James with axes, after he calls both of them out.
* WorryingForTheWrongReason: After the giant peach has fallen into the ocean:
-->'''Earthworm:''' Great! We're stuck here until we shrivel up and die.\\
'''Grasshopper:''' Highly improbable.\\
'''Ladybug:''' That's a relief...\\
'''Grasshopper:''' We're far more likely to ''drown.''