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Roald Dahl's The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)

4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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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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  • Roald Dahl chronology and selected bibliography

Product Details

  • 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.)
  • 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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ02I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,269 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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By A Customer on May 17, 2002
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
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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By A Customer on April 3, 2000
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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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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 Amazon.com!
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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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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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A Kid's Review on May 25, 2007
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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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I was disappointed with the way this movie version of Roald Dahl's amazing book strayed from the original story line. I also really didn't care for the animation. The one plus of having such differences between the book and movie were that the 5th grade students that I showed this to after having read the book were able to do a great Venn diagram full of contrasts.
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A Kid's Review on March 9, 2006
Format: VHS Tape
The BFG

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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