I grew up reading classics from Roald Dahl like The BFG. So when I recently heard about this classic book becoming a Disney movie, I was so excited! Young Sophie was lying awake in her orphanage. Since she cannot sleep strange thoughts keep creeping into her mind. Eventually she creeps out her window and sees a giant creature! The creature grabs Sophie and kidnaps her. Before all this, Sophie was just a normal orphan. That all changed in just one night. Let’s face it, Roald Dahl is a children’s literary genius! Combine that with Disney, you have a movie that is sure to be a hit! Did I also mention that this movie is directed by Steven Spielberg?
Disney, Roald Dahl, and Steven Spielberg finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. 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.
“The BFG” opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.
Take a look at the trailer!
So mark your calendars for July 1st, don’t miss it! We are going to be reading this classic book again before the movie hits! If you want to check out the book before the movie you can order it below:
There is also a movie tie in that you can pre-order: