Year of Release: 1996
Director: Henry Selick
Stars: Paul Terry, Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley, Jane Leeves, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Pete Postlethwaite, David Thewlis, Steven Culp, Simon Callow,
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 9
The fantasy and fantastical world of Roald Dahl comes to life through the unique perspective of Henry Selick. The director and his unique aesthetic, allow this story to marry perfectly the live action component which starts the film, and the progression into the stop motion animation that defines the rest of the feature. There's a beautiful but also dark tone to this film, which starts with the loss of the young hero's parents, through his imprisonment, but also the reverse of that, with the discovery of a new family comprised of protective friends, and the accomplishment of his dreams, as he eventually finds and moves into New York. His odyssey is filled with discovery and adventure, making the film enthusiastically dynamic and engaging. It's a perfect combination of a fantastic aesthetic, score and voice work. A very good film worth watching!