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A young orphan girl, Sophie, gets taken away to a faraway land populated by Giants and Dreams.

Director:

Brian Cosgrove

Writers:

Roald Dahl (novel), John Hambley (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
David Jason ... The BFG (voice)
Amanda Root ... Sophie (voice)
Angela Thorne ... Queen Of England (voice)
Ballard Berkeley ... Head Of The Army (voice)
Michael Knowles ... Head Of The Air Force (voice)
Don Henderson ... Bloodbottler / Fleshlumpeater / Sergeant (voice)
Mollie Sugden ... Mary (voice)
Frank Thornton ... Mr. Tibbs (voice)
Myfanwy Talog Myfanwy Talog ... Mrs. Clonkers (voice)
Jimmy Hibbert Jimmy Hibbert ... Additional Voices (voice)
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Storyline

Snatched from Mrs Clonkers' Home for Girls on a cold and quiet night by a lumbering giant, the ten-year-old orphan, Sophie, is in for the adventure of a lifetime when the mysterious monster takes her back to his secret land: the distant Giant Country. There, Sophie will find herself in a realm with even bigger giants than her colossal grizzled kidnapper, who, fortunately, is a gentle vegetarian creature tasked with a noble mission. But, sooner or later, the land's flesh-eating inhabitants with the peculiar names will catch a whiff of the tiny human visitor, and then, no one can stand in their way. Now, only Her Majesty, the Queen of England, can thwart the ugly giants' sinister plans. Can Sophie's one and only friend--The Big Friendly Giant--protect her and the rest of the world from the horrors that surround us? Written by Nick Riganas

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A full-length animated feature film from the creators of Danger Mouse and The Wind in the Willows See more »


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Details

Official Sites:

Cosgrove Hall Films [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1987 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The BFG See more »

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Budget:

GBP3,000,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When production began on the film, the key animators used rotoscoped images on all the characters, including Sophie. But it was then discovered that Jean Flynn and Meryl Edge could draw realistic movements without a reference. See more »

Goofs

When the BFG opens the window to the Queen's bedroom, the Queen is asleep facing the window. But after Sophie has stepped into the bedroom, and the BFG has blown the dream through his trumpet, the Queen is lying facing the opposite direction. See more »

Quotes

The BFG: What? Me? Gobbling up human beans? All the others, yes, but not me! I is a nice giant! I is a freaky giant! There's not another giant like me in all of Giant Country! I... is the Big Friendly Giant!
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Crazy Credits

The credits roll over stills from the movie. See more »

Alternate Versions

The version of the film released in cinemas, aired on ITV and released on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray omits a scene that takes place after Sophie and The BFG leave Dream Country, but before they get to his Dream Cave, they approach the other giant's domain again, and Sophie is somehow separated and placed in peril when she accidentally sits upon a giant dragonfly that flies off and drops her among the sleeping giants, who begin to stir from her scent. The BFG rescues her before they awake and begin scouring the land, convinced there is a human present. The shot of the giants departing is later reused in the film as part of the Queen's nightmare of them and their heinous acts. See more »

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Featured in Greatest Animated Movies (2016) See more »

Soundtracks

Sometimes, Secretly
Music by Keith Hopwood and Malcolm Rowe
Lyrics by Malcolm Rowe
Vocalist: Sharon Campbell
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Not great, but decent
21 April 2011 | by Atreyu_IISee all my reviews

This is an animated film based on a Roald Dahl tale. It's nothing too special, nevertheless a decent alternative to other more popular animated movies.

The character Sophie is cute and endearing and the best drawn character of the movie. Most of the characters are ugly, particularly the giants. The "BFG" of the title means "Big Friendly Giant" and refers to the movie's only good giant. The others are vicious.

The BFG is like a giant "E.T.". Not that he looks any similar to E.T. but, just like E.T., his beauty is on the inside. Yes, because as for the outside...

The evil giants are horrifying and gross, being Bloodbottler the most extreme on this. Fleshlumpeater is the biggest and scariest, but somehow he doesn't gross me out as much as the other mean giants.

There is some nice soundtrack and the artwork is generally very good, with some magical special effects and some more special visuals in certain scenes.

The story, without being "solid as a rock", is however entertaining and involving. A rather decent story, fair to say that. And it's easy to sympathize with the BFG and especially Sophie. There are some rather touching moments with Sophie and her friend giant.

I rate this as a 6. I guess it's a fair rating.


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