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Roald Dahl's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) (1989)

David Jason , Amanda Root , Brian Cosgrove  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Jason, Amanda Root, Angela Thorne, Ballard Berkeley, Michael Knowles
  • Directors: Brian Cosgrove
  • Writers: John Hambley, Roald Dahl
  • Producers: Brian Cosgrove, John Hambley, Mark Hall
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ02I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Roald Dahl's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)" on IMDb

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  • Roald Dahl chronology and selected bibliography

Editorial Reviews

One moonlit night, little Sophie is snatched from her bed at Mrs. Clonkers’ orphanage by an awesome giant who whisks her away on a magical, thrilling and funny adventure. Roald Dahl’s (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach) enchanting, best-selling children’s book comes to life in this classic, animated musical feature by the award-winning Cosgrove Hall Studio, makers of DangerMouse and The Wind in the Willows. Unlike the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and the Bonecruncher, the Big Friendly Giant is a good giant who blows sweet dreams into the bedroom windows of children as they slumber. When Sophie learns that the monstrous crew of meanies is off to England to gobble up innocent boys and girls, she sets out to stop them once and for all, with the help of her new, rather large, friend. The BFG shows the most tender and dreamlike side of celebrated author roald Dahl as he depicts the amazing friendship that grows between a little girl and a big-hearted Giant. DVD Features: Roald Dahl Chronology and Selected Bibliography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fine Family Entertainment May 17, 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
My four year-old loves this well-done animated version of Roald Dahl's BFG book. She enjoys the animation (with a great, pleasingly spooky beginning, though not too scary) as well as the story itself.
The Big Friendly Giant visits children's windows each night and sends them pleasant dreams; his other job is to catch the bad dreams out there and bottle them up so they don't frighten children, as well as prevent the evil giants from eating children! A lonely girl, Sophie, is one day whisked away from here dreary orphange by the BFG to help him with his task. Thereafter the plot thickens and in the end the two must enlist the help of the Queen of England to make all well again.
This is a wonderful show. Made in the UK, the only difference I can see from the usual Disney fodder is that Big Friendly Giant is not nearly as loud, yet it captivated my child throughout, the songs sent her into peals of laughter. As far as I can tell this tape has not been dubbed or the voices altered in any way for the American market (a la Bob the Builder, Brambly Hedge, etc.)
I also recommend (based on my child's response): William's Wish Wellingtons, Noddy, Old Bear Stories, Rupert and the Runaway Dragon, Postman Pat, Brum and the Baby Carriage, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Borrowers, Thomas the Tank Engine, the Princess and the Goblin.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulously Inventive June 13, 2000
This is an animated version of the children's story "The Big Friendly Giant" by Roald Dahl. While ostensibly a childrens story, it contains much that will keep mothers and fathers watching as well.
As befits a children's story, the plot is simple and direct. A small girl, Sophie, is kidnapped by a friendly giant when she catches him at his work delivering dreams. She discovers many things about giants and their world including the fact that there are also some very bad giants who want to eat people.
Eventually, Sophie and the Big Friendly Giant enlist the help of the Queen of England and they set out to catch the bad giants.
Children as young as four years old will enjoy this film. They may be little afraid but it's not so bad as to give them nightmares. The film will also appeal to older children too as the story, while simple in it's barest form, contains enough detail and wit to maintain interest.
Also, children will find a lot to talk about in the film and, if parents buy the original novel, they have something to read to, or with their child.
Sometimes, children watch a film over and over until it is worn out. In this case, be warned, they may watch this one so much that they wear out the player!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BFG, a review . April 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The BFG is imaginative, scary, happy, heartwarming, joyous, and has terrific actors: David Jason is so superb as the giant that no-one can ever do better, and Amanda Root is charming and touching as Sophie. My five-year old son and I have watched it several days' running, anticipating numerous glorious moments. It is a joy and a treat.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie for Classroom Use April 10, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I teach second grade and have shown this movie after I have read the book (The BFG) aloud to them. The movie follows the book's storyline, and is a delight for the children especially since they can anticipate what will happen. My original tape has become damaged so I was very glad to have found a replacement at!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Almost as Good as the Book! (Sam & his Dad) August 21, 2005
By L. Nast
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
True to the book, good animation, one of the great adaptations. We had to pay $$ to get this, it is never shown on TV nor is it available any longer in the USA. Don't buy a British one, it won't play on an American video recorder. The sound is a little muffled on our copy... You should DEFINITELY read Matilda and rent that video too!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific addition to other Roald Dahl classics! December 7, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Wow! Being a big fan of "Willie Wonka" and "James and the Giant Peach", I found this video to be true to the roots laid down by these earlier classics. The animation was superb, the characters were completely believable, and the story was very touching. The five year old I watched it with was enthralled by what he saw, and raved about it for hours afterward. One of the best adaptations of Roald Dahl we've ever seen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The BFG an exciting event March 9, 2006
A Kid's Review
Format:VHS Tape

Do you now where dreams come from? Imagination, mind, giants and trumpets, I know its all odd. When little, brave, and smart Sophie looks out her window what does she see?

Have you ever scared a queen right out of her socks?That is exactly what little Sophie does with her friend the BFG! What kind of power do they need?

Snozzcumbers? Frobscottle? Whizzpopers? The flesh Lumpeader? What are all these objects anyway? Where do dreams come from too?

The Bloodbottler is attacking! What are they going to use the BFGs power or sophies big brains or both .Maybe the Bloodbottler is a little numb.What is a bloodbottler who is he?

So what exactly are all these extraordinary things? In this fantasy by Roald Dahl , just about anything could happen.

I would recomend this book to anyone who likes exciting and funfilled books and if you are in to total mystery and excitment.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great movie! May 25, 2007
A Kid's Review
this is the best movie in the history of animated movies! it is full of excitment with an enchanting story about a little girl named Sophie and a giant called the BFG (big friendly giant). i am 9 years old and i think the book is equally as good as the movie is!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie for kids...classic!
Published 12 days ago by BettyBoop89
5.0 out of 5 stars After You Read the Book
After you read about the Big Friendly Giant, students love to watch the movie. Very close to the same storyline with a few minor differences that make great conversation and... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gayla Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie
My granddaughters were really excited to receive this movie after reading the book. It was a great incentive to get them reading
Published 7 months ago by SusanSanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute movie
I purchased this movie for the class that I work in. The kids had just finished reading the book. So, I thought it would be fun to see the movie as well. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Alicia Kovalewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivered as advertised
My wife read the book to her elementary class and really enjoyed getting to show them the movie. Great buy!
Published 7 months ago by Zachary Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie/Book
I love this movie. I use it every year in the classroom to do a comparison with the book. It is fun to see the students pick out the similarities and differences. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kimberly Barb
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!
This movie was purchased to show my class after reading the book. The students completed a compare and contrast exercise on the book to the movie. Read more
Published 9 months ago by E. V. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Two thumbs up!
Very cute movie. I love all Roald Dahl's books and have tried to get the movies based on them as well. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ljg765
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent rating
After reading the book aloud, it's fun and enlightening to examine the similarities and differences between the book and the movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars great old movie
I bought this for my boys we use to rent this from the library when they were little and they loved it so to be able to find it on dvd new and a great price I'm very happy
Published 12 months ago by lisa disalvia
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