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Heartwarming / James and the Giant Peach

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  • When James literally drops in on the group, the bugs could've easily reacted badly to a human in their midst. Instead, they comfort, befriend, and later adopt James as their own because they don't see him as just a human, but as a frightened child who's just as vulnerable as they once were. And it only gets better, they act with such compassion and kindness towards James for the entire movie, all of them!
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  • Just after escaping the North Pole in the movie, the Centipede takes his task of navigating the peach very seriously, to the point where he tries to fend off sleep in order to do so. And just as he desperately tries to force himself not to doze off, the Grasshopper (who had earlier knocked out one of Centipede's teeth in anger), comes to relieve him of his post. By bringing him a chair and blanket, and playing him off to sleep with his violin. D'awwww...
    Centipede: (sleepily) Thanks Mr. Grasshopper...
    Grasshopper: Good show old boy.
  • When Miss Spider is making James's bed, he asks her why she's so kind to him. She replies because he was kind to her first, since she was the spider he rescued from his aunts earlier in the movie.
  • Although they've been rather viciously snarking at each other up til then, after the Centipede dives into the water, Miss Spider is very quick to volunteer to help James save him—and when their first attempt fails, immediately heads down to try again. Not to mention the kiss on the cheek she gives him when it turns out he's all right.
    Miss Spider: Centipede, I do not know whether to kill you, (holds pirate sword up to his throat) or... (puts sword down and kisses him on the cheek) kiss you.
    Centipede: (blushes and smiles sheepishly)
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  • A blink and you'll miss it entry—during the song That's the Life For Me, Mrs. Ladybug throws Mr. Grasshopper his top hat and cane. They have obviously already been good friends for some little while, if they are comfortable with Mrs. Ladybug toting around his spare accoutrement in such a way. They seem to be very in tune with each other, since she throws them to him precisely when he needs them.
  • At the very end, James and the insects all live together in a house made out of the peach's pit — as a family.
  • Another blink and you'll miss it entry. When James first falls asleep, his coat is merely draped over him, courtesy of Miss Spider. When he wakes up, the coat is wrapped around him like a blanket. Some one had obviously checked on him and wrapped the coat more tightly around him.
  • The song "We're Family". It's just so sweet and heartwarming.
    Centipede: Kid, you're stuck with us for life.
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  • When the group was lost in the Arctic the others didn't wake up James and let him sleep when they were arguing with centipede.


  • Though it doubles as a Tearjerker, the song 'Everywhere That You Are' qualifies. The opening dialogue between James and the Ladybug especially.
    The song is a promise that a lost loved one is with you no matter what. Ladybug and Grasshopper are hinted to be the reincarnations of James's parents, so in a way, James's own mother and father are assuring him that they will always be there for him.
  • The reprise of 'On Your Way Home.'
  • 'Welcome Home' is one CMOH. Seriously, try listening to it and not feeling happy for James and his adoptive family.
  • Listen carefully to "Floatin' Along." Who are the first people to join Grasshopper in the song? Ladybug and James. Essentially, the two people who immediately support him when he encourages everyone to enjoy their journey are his wife and son.
  • After Centipede and James are pulled back onto the peach (Centipede fell off the peach and James went to save him), Ladybug and Grasshopper both immediately hug James to them out of sheer relief that he's okay. They have essentially adopted him by this point and seeing their joy at having their little boy back safely is just so sweet.
  • Most productions of the play have James being the only member of the group to have a blanket when the group is asleep on the peach. As such, its implied there was only one blanket available and it was either given to James due to him being a child or he had fallen asleep before the insects and one of them- likely the Ladybug- covered him with it as he slept.

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