Walking into the library in elementary school is what I recall when I hear of the name Roald Dahl, it is simply a name you cannot forget. That and of course giants, peaches and chocolate. You might have read a couple of Dahl’s books in your elementary schools days too, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach”, “Matilda,” and “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant). I’ll bet you have some fond memories of these books too. First published in 1982 and created as a bedtime story, “The BFG” was Dahl’s own favorite of all his stories, and it neared the topped of my list as well. Fast forward to 2016 and now thanks to Disney The BFG is coming to the big screen!
And who better to direct the story than THE BFG of movies, Mr. Steven Spielberg. Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.” The BFG will open in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, marking the 100th year anniversary of Dahl’s birth, what a beautiful honor to bestow on an author who brought great literature into the hands of so many people.
Synopsis: The BFG (Mark Rylance), while a giant himself, is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler (Bill Hader) and Fleshlumpeater (Jemaine Clement) on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Snozzcumber and Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams.
Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows. But Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see the Queen (Penelope Wilton) and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary (Rebecca Hall), that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all.
Disney The BFG Official Trailer
Get your calendar out and mark this down now because you don’t want to miss Disney THE BFG in theaters everywhere on July 1st!
Which of Dahl’s books have you read? Which is your favorite?