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The BFG is a 1989 animated movie made by Cosgrove Hall for The Cannon Group. It is based on the novel by Roald Dahl and stars David Jason as the voice of the Big Friendly Giant and Amanda Root as the voice of his human friend Sophie.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Sophie went from having long blonde hair in the book to having short red hair in the animated film.
  • Adaptational Alternate Ending: The ending is changed significantly from the book. For one, the Fleshlumpeater is a much bigger problem in the climax when it turns out that he wasn't among the Giants tied up by the soldiers, and has to be dispatched by the BFG siccing a living nightmare on him. The BFG also returns to his home dimension with Sophie at the end, whereas in the book he decided to integrate into human society.
  • Adaptational Badass:
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    • In the book the Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the Giants, but he's also a dimwitted coward who gets taken out by an obvious trick. The animated movie makes him far more sinister, and he puts up much more of a fight before being brought down.
    • Also the soldiers to some extent. In the novel, they very fearfully tie up the Giants (while the military commanders wait at a safe distance) and break out into total panic when the Giants wake up. Here, they go about their work rather calmly and bravely fend off the giants whom they awaken with success... at least until the Fleshlumpeater arrives.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: In the novel, Fleshlumpeater was dim-witted and Bloodbottler was significantly more intelligent and cunning. Here, their traits are switched - although Bloodbottler maintains his bad temper.
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  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, the evil giants were actually sincere about upholding the idea that Ape Shall Never Kill Ape despite their frequent abuse of the BFG. They feel betrayed by the BFG when he orchestrates their capture, but it's too late for them to do anything about it. In the animated movie, the Fleshlumpeater outright attempts to murder the BFG in the climax.
  • Alternate Universe: Giant Country is this in the animated adaptation, complete with a somewhat creepy-looking portal.
  • Animated Musical: The animated movie has four songs in it. They are called "Mirror, Mirror", "Whizzpopping", "Two Worlds" and "Sometimes, Secretly".
  • Animation Bump: In the animated adaptation, different characters were drawn and animated in different ways. The Queen, the Paras and the Royal Guards are drawn in a hyper-realistic, rotoscoped way, while the military commanders, the Giants and even Sophie are animated in a more traditionally and cartoonish, but less detailed way. Sometimes, it can be rather jarring to see the Queen's comparatively stale, realistic expressions compete with the tubby, fat-nosed Field Marshall's over-the-top gesticulations, while on other occasions (like the army overpowering the Giants), it's rather genius.
  • Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: Giants is never killing their own kind; only humans is. In the cartoon, Fleshlumpeater tries to kill the BFG after his plan to imprison the evil giants is exposed, on the basis that he doesn't consider him a true giant any more, but a "human bean".
  • Artistic License – Biology: All the Giants lack nipples and belly buttons (and presumably reproductive organs as well). This appears to be in line with the BFG's statement in the book that Giants are not born.
  • Artistic License – Space: In Giant Country, the world according to BFG is ancient, just as he is. Said world orbits two stars, one like our own sun, but the other is a bright blue stellar object — such stars burning their mass in a hotter spectrum have ridiculously short lifespans (in comparison to other Suns like ours), and given its close proximity, it'll exhaust its hydrogen, becoming a supergiant that'll swallow up the binary yellow star and Giant country.
  • Ax-Crazy: Bloodbottler.
  • Award-Bait Song: "Sometimes, Secretly" from the movie. It didn't work, though.
  • Alien Sky: Giant Country has an orange sky with two suns, while dream country's is dark blue and is full of stars.
  • Bad is Good and Good is Bad: The BFG at first attempts to persuade Bloodbottler into eating a Snozzcumber by comparing it to fruits, which he rejects with disgust, but when he suggests it tastes like bones, he's quick to accept.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: In the animated film, for obvious reasons, Sophie is missing certain anatomy during the bath scene.
  • Bathtub Scene: But not for fanservice - Sophie has to take a bath after nearly being eaten and spat out by the Bloodbottler.
  • Big "NO!":
    • Sophie gives a particularly terrifying one when she watches the Fleslumpeater devour a sleeping boy she and BFG had just given a happy dream.
    • The Fleshlumpeater himself lets out an even more terrifying one of these as he falls off the entrance to the BFG's cave while hallucinating that he is face-to-face with Jack the Giant Killer
  • Binary Suns: Giant Country has two suns, with one being large and yellow while it's twin is smaller and green.
  • Canon Foreigner: The mouse-like creature in giant country, who also doubles as a Chekhov's Gunman to an extent. His purpose is mainly to provide comic relief in the first half of the film and doesn't interact with the main characters at all until the very end, where he attempts (in vain) to help Sophie escape the Fleshlumpeater.
  • Censored Child Death: The scene in which the Fleshlumpeater devours a sleeping boy is made even scarier because we don't actually see him do it. Instead, when he reaches into the boy's window, it cuts to Sophie, whose reaction says it all before cutting back to Fleshlumpeater obviously chewing something we can't see.
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the movie, a nightmare caught early on is used to defeat the Fleshlumpeater and save the day during the climax.
  • Child Eater: Just like in the books, the Giants also devour children, but here the Fleshlumpeater actually murders a child on-screen (though with Gory Discretion Shot).
  • Death of a Child:
    • We see into a boy's dream and are allowed to at least on some level "bond" with this kid, only for him to be very heavily implied to have been eaten.
    • When Sophie and The BFG discuss the other Giants' plans to eat some school children it is acknowledged to have happened.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Inverted, in that Sophie wears shoes throughout the film, unlike in the book, where she is barefoot.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The evil giants all have deep, booming voices.
  • Femme Fatalons: The Fleshlumpeater has a single, very long nail on his right hand that he uses to pierce children with before eating them.
  • Giant's Droplet, Human's Shower: When Sophie relates her terrible experience at the Orphanage of Fear, the BFG cannot help but feel sorry for her. As he cries, one of his tears nearly splatters on Sophie.
  • HA HA HA—No: The BFG does this when discussing the different flavours of humans from around the world with Sophie.
  • Hell Is That Noise: All of the other Giants make noises that fit this trope constantly, but the most notable example has to be the absolutely terrifying scream the Fleshlumpeater makes when the BFG first launches a nightmare about Jack The Giant Killer at him.
  • Hope Spot: It appears that her Majesty's soldiers have bravely captured all the evil giants, despite one of them waking up halfway through before knocking himself out. Then their commander realizes that they're one short, and they hear the Fleshlumpeater furiously roaring in the distance.
  • I Choose to Stay: The BFG goes back to Giant Country so he can continue making dreams and Sophie decides to go back with him as his assistant.
  • I'll Kill You!: Fleshlumpeater during his final confrontation with BFG:
    BFG: I would rather be like one of them note  than like you!
    Fleshlumpeater: YEAH??!! Then... I... KILL YOU!!! RAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!!
  • Jump Scare: The moment when Bloodbottler first enters the BFG's home is extremely jarring.
  • Karma Houdini: Averted somewhat: Mrs. Clonkers, who is thoroughly unpleasant and cruel, not only has her Orphanage of Fear shut down, but it is also decided that she will become the evil Giants' keeper. She can't have been too happy about that.
  • Knight of Cerebus: The other Giants; they induce Mood Whiplash whenever they appear and their Child Eater habits are played very seriously.
  • Large and in Charge: The Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and strongest of the Giants, and is their unofficial leader. He's so huge he can encircle the BFG's torso with one hand.
  • Magical Land: Giant Country and Dream Country. The visuals in the animated movie seem to imply they are more akin to other dimensions.
  • Mind Rape: In the movie, the last evil Giant standing (Fleshlumpeater) is defeated when the BFG blows a nightmare into him, causing him to hallucinate that he is face-to-face with Jack the Giant Killer. In the book, Fleshlumpeater is given that dream much earlier, but only as a humorous aside.
  • No Indoor Voice: Fleshlumpeater and Bloodbottler constantly talk in loud voices.
  • The Nose Knows: The other Giants can detect the BFG trying to sneak past them just by smell.
  • No True Scotsman: The other Giants essentially disown the BFG for not eating humans, though neither party does anything to patch the ties. The climax of the film makes it clear that they don't even consider him a giant.
    Fleshlumpeater: You... you is not giant!! You is like...human bean!
    BFG: Human being! Yes! I'd rather be one of them than like you!
  • Obviously Evil: The giants look even more evil in the animated movie than their physical descriptions and illustrations from the book. For instance, Fleshlumpeater is not only a towering brute, but has fanged, rotten teeth, a scarred face, barbaric regalia, non-human skin color (grey) and two different colored eyes - one blood-red like the other evil Giants, and one completely clouded-over suggesting that he is blind in that eye.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • After the Army captures eight evil Giants:
      Head of the Army: Funny. He [the BFG] said there were nine!
      Head of the Navy: You know he can't talk English. He probably can't count, either! Ha-ha!
      Fleshlumpeater: roars
      [panic ensues]
    • The BFG's expression changes from a satisfied one to this when he sees that the snozzcumber he duped the Bloodbottler into eating has Sophie hiding inside!
  • Our Wormholes Are Different: The "gateway" to Giant Country resembles a sandy vortex.
  • Phlegmings: Several of the Giants have almost constant saliva between their teeth, such as the Bloodbottler.
  • Perpetual Frowner: The other evil Giants get an Evil Laugh, but the Fleshlumpeater never smiles at all (though he is heard demonically cackling slightly after he traps Sophie).
  • Pajama-Clad Hero: In most of the film, Sophie wears a nightie. Unlike in the book, she also wears shoes, which she puts on just as she gets out of bed.
  • Plot Hole: The child-eating Giants are trapped forever in a deep pit in London city where they are to be imprisoned for their murderous and cruel ways ... they can travel back and forth between dimensions but they can't escape a simple hole? Alternatively, Giant Country seems to be bridged by the ethereal tunnel seen in the opening titles, so their inter-dimensional travel may depend on this.
    • But it appears to be only accessible via flight (which we know the BFG can do, so we're left to conclude that the other Giants can fly as well). Surely they could just fly out?
  • Precursors: The mountainside by which the other Giants lounge is set with the ruins of some gigantic building, overseen by a squared passageway. The stairway to Dream Country is then shown to be inside a mountain shaped like a vast, reaching hand - a possible hint of what happens to the remains of Giants, when, as mentioned in the book, they eventually disappear?
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: At the climax of the movie, when the enraged Fleshlumpeater is hunting down the titular character: "B! F! G!"
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The evil Giants all have red eyes in the animated film. Although the Fleshlumpeater has one eye which is completely white.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The red and green mouse-type-creature that lives in the BFG's house.
  • Scenery Porn: In the movie, the shots of Dream Country and the exterior shots of the volcano in Giant Country are beautiful.
  • Sergeant Rock: The unnamed Paratrooper Sergeant.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The young boy who is eaten by the Fleshlumpeater has a Danger Mouse poster in his bedroom. This also is an in-joke on the production studio, Cosgrove Hall's part, as they animated both this movie and Danger Mouse.
    • The scene where the BFG runs/flies in front of the moon is likely one to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.
  • Stalker Shot: As the BFG tells Sophie his concerns about the other giants finding out about her, the scene switches from them to the cave entrance where their voices carry out, loud enough to be overheard. Cue a monstrous figure stepping into view, sniffing and eavesdropping...
  • Toilet Humor: There is an entire song dedicated to a drink that makes one fart (or rather, "make a Whizzpopper")... in pretty epic proportions.
  • The Voice: Mrs. Clonkers never appears; only her voice is heard.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Fleshlumpeater is an example of this trope. And it is damned creepy.

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