YMMV / James and the Giant Peach

  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: At one point, a giant bat flies past the peach, spooking the passengers. This is never brought up again.
  • 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.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: Don't like your own lot in life? Want a better quality of life? Become an illegal immigrant, according to James and friends.
  • 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)!
  • Narm: James has a very thick accent that causes him to replace some of his "r"s with "w" sounds. For American viewers, this can make him sound like a very young child and give his lines a certain level of Narm.
  • 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.
    • Mr. Centipede, at least in the movie, could be seen as a Jerk Ass Woobie if you read his boisterous attitude as mostly bravado; it's hard not to feel for him after he accidentally steers the ship off-course and the other bugs shun him.
  • What an Idiot: Centipede insulting the Cloud People in the book.