I love Roald Dahl's book The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) so I was thrilled to hear months ago that one of my favorite childhood classics from 1982 was coming to the big screen!
Dahl is an amazing author with magical stories such as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The BFG and The Witches all of which have come alive on the big screen over the years! Dahl likes to feature strong child characters who wind up in over-the-top, extraordinary situations with the added twists of fantasy and magic. These stories capture children's (and adults) hearts and imaginations for generations to come. Check out this 15 book set from Roald Dahl to get your kids started on an adventure!
When you first start watching The BFG, don't be alarmed if you don't understand what he is saying because BFG is speaking GobbleFunk - a made up language by Roald Dahl just for the character. Check out The BFG Gobblefunk Glossary below released by Disney to help make it a little easier to understand. BFG's Gobblefunk language makes him a memorable and humorous character indeed!
|A Gobblefunk Glossary|
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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. 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.” 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 animation of bringing to scale a giant and a little girl is breathtaking as well as the graphics all bringing the scenery and images to life on the big screen. BFG had us laughing so hard with his Gobblefunk language in addition to his Frobscottle beverage which brought me to tears from laughing. I loved this movie and cannot wait to share it with my daughter this weekend. The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg truly brought Dahl’s beloved classic The BFG to life and did it justice by staying quite true to the original book.
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