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Harry Potter and the Giant Peach is a 2012 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 2005 novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation.

Plot

In the 1930s, Harry Potter is a young boy who lives with his parents by the sea in the United Kingdom. On Harry's birthday, they plan to go to London and visit the Big Ben, the biggest building in the world. However, his parents are later killed by a stallion horse from the sky and finds himself living with his two neglectful dursleys, Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia.

He is forced to work all day and they threaten him with beatings to keep him in line and taunt him about the mysterious stallion horse and other hazards if he tries to leave.

While rescuing a pony from being killed by the dursleys, Harry meets a mysterious man with a bag of magic green "crocodile tongues", which he gives to Harry to make his life better. Hagrid warns him not to lose the "tongues" and disappears. When Harry is returning to the house, he trips and the "tongues" escape into the ground.

A peach is soon found on a withered old tree, and expands into immense proportions. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia then use the giant peach as an attraction, making lots of money as Harry watches from the house, not permitted to leave. That night, Harry is sent to pick up the garbage. While doing so, he grabs a chunk of the peach to eat as one of the "crocodile tongues" unknowingly jumps into it. A large hole appears inside the peach and Harry crawls inside, where he finds and befriends a group of anthropomorphic animals who also dream of an ideal home (Tigger, Piglet, Winnie the Pooh, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo), and is also turned into a more animated form. As they hear the aunts search for Harry, Piglet manages to cut the stem connecting the giant peach to the tree and the peach rolls away to the Atlantic Ocean with Harry and his friends inside it, seemingly crushing Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia's antique car as they try to chase it.

Remembering his dream to visit London, Harry and the animals decide to go there with Piglet steering the peach claiming he sailed the world as a "Commodore". They use Eeyore's strings to capture and tie a hundred seagulls to the peach stem, while battling against a giant dragon. They escape just in time. While flying, Harry and his friends eventually find themselves hungry and soon realize that "their whole ship is made out of food". After gorging most of the inside of the peach, Eeyore, while using her bed to tuck in Harry, reveals to him that she was the donkey he saved from Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. Harry then has a nightmare of him as a rabbit attacked by Uncle Vernon, Aunt Petunia, and a spray the dursleys used that resembles the stallion horse. When he wakes up, he and his friends find themselves in The Arctic, lost and cold. Piglet has fallen asleep while keeping watch, resulting in them drifting further away from their expected destination. It is then revealed that the Piglet has never traveled the world and has lived on two pages of the National Geographic. After hearing Tigger wishing they had a compass, Piglet jumps off the peach into the icy water below and searches a sunken ship for a compass but is taken prisoner by Woody, Jessie, Bullseye and Stinky Pete. Harry Potter and Eeyore rescue him and the journey continues.

As the group finally reaches London, a storm appears. A flash of lightning reveals the stallion horse approaching them. Harry is frightened but faces his fears and gets his friends to safety before the stallion horse strikes the peach with lightning; The strings keeping the seagulls attached to the peach break and Harry and the peach both fall to the city below. Harry coughs up the crocodile tongue as he reawakens, transforms back into his normal form, and emerges from the peach realizing it has landed directly on top of the Big Ben.

After being rescued by police officers, firefighters, and the largest crane in London, Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia arrive, supposedly having driven their car across the seabed, and attempt to claim Harry and the peach. Harry stands up to Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia, revealing their abusive behavior towards him to the crowd, who gasp in shock at the revelation. Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia become enraged by Harry's betrayal and attempt to kill Harry. Using the remaining seagulls, the animals arrive in London. They tie up Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia with Eeyore's strings and the two dursleys are taken away. Harry introduces his friends and allows the children of London to eat up the peach.

The peach pit is made into a house in Hyde Park, where Harry lives with the animals and has the friends he could wish for. Piglet runs for the Mayor of London, Tigger becomes a professional violinist, Winnie the Pooh becomes a mascot for a new cream, Kanga becomes an obstetrician, Roo feed the birds at the St Paul's Cathedral, Eeyore owns a nightclub called "Bremen Town Musicians", and Harry celebrates his 12th birthday with his new family.

In a post-credits scene, a new arcade game called "Spike the Dursleys" is shown, featuring the stallion horse.

Cast

  • Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter
  • Carrie Underwood as Harry's Mother
  • Stephen Moyer as Harry's Father
  • Richard Griffiths as Vernon Dursley
  • Fiona Shaw as Petunia Dursley
  • Robbie Coltrane as Hagrid/Narrator

Voices

  • Jim Cummings as Tigger
  • Travis Oates as Piglet
  • Kristen-Anderson Lopez as Kanga
  • Bud Luckey as Eeyore
  • Jim Cummings as Winnie the Pooh
  • Wyatt Hall as Roo

Songs

  • My Name Is Harry Potter - Daniel Radcliffe
  • That's the Life for Me - Jim Cummings, Travis Oates, Kristen-Anderson Lopez, Bud Luckey and Wyatt Hall
  • Eating the Peach - Jim Cummings, Travis Oates, Kristen-Anderson Lopez, Bud Luckey, Wyatt Hall and Daniel Radcliffe
  • Family - Jim Cummings, Travis Oates, Kristen-Anderson Lopez, Bud Luckey, Wyatt Hall and Daniel Radcliffe
  • Good News - The Wiggles

Production

The film begins with normal live-action for the first 20 minutes, but becomes stop-motion animation after Harry enters the peach, and then live-action when Harry enters London, England (although the mutated animal characters remained in stop-motion). Selick had originally planned for Harry to be a real actor through the entire film, then later considered doing the whole film in stop-motion, but ultimately settled on doing entirely live-action and entirely stop-motion sequences because of costs. Unlike the novel, Harry's dursleys are not killed by the rolling peach (though his parents' deaths also occur like the novel) and follow him to London, and the film also has Harry dream of going to London instead of simply winding up there.

Home media

A digitally restored Blu-ray/DVD combo pack was released by Warner Home Video on March 5, 2013 in the United States.

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