YMMV: James and the Giant Peach

  • Crosses the Line Twice: James' parents abruptly gets eaten by a rhinoceros at the beginning of the story. While having your parents die at a young age is never pleasant, the situation is so absurd, part of you can't help but laugh a little.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight
  • Ho Yay: A private violin performance of Bach's Partita No. 3, Gavotte en Rondeau, as their mode of transport soars over a moonlit sea seems to edge on the romantic side of things; especially when one considers how flustered Mr. Grasshopper is to be caught by James in the middle of things.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Both Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker are abusive legal guardians towards James in the movie. However, they finally cross it when they outright attempt to MURDER him with axes (with all of New York City watching, no less)!
  • Nausea Fuel: That disgusting fish head pie James receives from his aunts for dinner in the movie. This is, in fact, a real meal called stargazy pie.
  • The Woobie: James. Poor, poor James. He had such Good Parents, until they died and his evil aunts took him in. You can guess how well THAT went for him.
    • Worse, while watching his aunts publicize the giant peach, kids are present there. However, James is forbidden to leave the house, and he sheds a tear as the only possible friends he would make just come and go.
    • Miss Spider can also come across as this in the book. It's hard not to feel bad for her when she confesses that she doesn't understand why people hate spiders, or when she starts crying while talking about how her relatives were killed in front of her.
  • What an Idiot: Centipede insulting the Cloud People in the book.