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The BFG
Directed by Brian Cosgrove
Produced by Mark Hall
Brian Cosgrove
Written by Roald Dahl (book)
John Hambley
Starring David Jason
Amanda Root
Editing by Nigel Rutter
Distributed by Cosgrove Hall Films
Release date(s) December 25, 1989
Running time 87 min.
Language English

The BFG is a 1989 animated movie based on the book of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was first shown on Christmas Day 1989 on ITV channels in the UK.

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Plot

One night when Sophie cannot sleep during the 'witching hour', she looks out of the window of her dormitory and sees a cloaked giant blowing something into several bedroom windows down the street. The giant sees her, and although she tries to hide in her bed, he reaches through the window and carries her away to his home.

Fortunately for Sophie, she has been abducted by the world's only good giant, the Big Friendly Giant (or BFG). Operating in the strictest secrecy, the BFG catches dreams (which manifest themselves in Dream Country as floating semi-fluid sparkler-like objects) and at night, he blows his bottled dreams into the bedrooms of children. The other, larger giants are vicious, cannibalistic monsters; they go out into the world to steal and eat children. There is little else for them to eat where they live. Because the BFG refuses to eat people, he must survive on a revolting vegetable known as a snozzcumber. Sophie and the BFG form a quick bond, and the BFG develops a paternal sentiment for her. However, Sophie's life is put in danger by the sudden arrival of the Bloodbottler Giant, one of the fearsome, flesh-eating giants who live in the wastes outside the BFG's house. The giant demands who the BFG is talking to, but the BFG lies telling him he is talking to himself. The Bloodbottler (correctly) assumes the BFG is talking to a human and begins searching for Sophie so he can eat her.

Sophie hides in the snozzcumber, unknown to the BFG, and the BFG offers the snozzcumber to the Bloodbottler, hoping that its foul taste will send the monster hollering out of the cave and leave him in peace. The Bloodbottler crunches up the snozzcumber, but luckily spits Sophie out. In a rage, the beast destroys the cave and storms out. The BFG helps Sophie recover and treats her to a delicious fizzy drink called frobscottle. It is rather unusual in that the bubbles in the drink travel downwards and therefore cause the drinker to break into loud flatulence instead of burping: this is known as a Whizzpopper. Sophie and the BFG become friends. Sophie persuades the BFG that something must be done to destroy the evil giants. Together, they develop a plan to get the Queen of the United Kingdom to help them. The BFG mixes a terrible nightmare which will show the Queen what the giants do. They set off for Buckingham Palace and blow the dream into the Queen's bedroom. The BFG then leaves Sophie on the Queen's windowsill and retreats into the palace gardens.

When the Queen awakens, Sophie convinces her that all of her dream was true. Because the dream included the knowledge that Sophie would be there when she woke up, the Queen believes her, and she speaks with the BFG. After considerable effort by the palace staff, the BFG is given a lavish breakfast, and the Queen summons the Head of the Army and the Marshall of the Air Force to begin work on neutralising the evil giants.

Eventually a huge fleet of RAF Chinook helicopters follows the BFG to the giants' homeland. While the child-eating giants are asleep, the Army ties them up, planning to hang them under several helicopters each, and transport them to London, where a special large pit has been constructed from which they will not be able to escape. However the giants are disturbed and begin to wake up, causing chaos and several soldiers to be injured. Eventually the giants attempts to free themselves from the chains that bind them result in them being knocked out, and peace is momentarily restored. The only one who escapes being trapped is the Fleshlumpeater Giant, the most vicious and frightening giant of all, who immediately goes after the BFG, and prepares to eat Sophie alive; but after a big struggle, he is finally subdued with a nightmare BFG caught earlier in the film, and is carried with the rest.

As punishment for their lifetimes of child-eating, the giants are forced to eat snozzcumbers for the rest of their lives, fed to them by the awful "Mrs Clonkers" who ran the orphanage Sophie lived in (She was a very mean women with torture chamber-like punishments for the girls). Afterwards, the Queen offers Sophie a place to stay in her palace along with all the other girls in the orphanage. Contrary to the book's ending, the BFG and Sophie do not stay on Earth. Instead, the BFG asserts his duty to continue making dreams for children. Sophie cannot bear to part with the BFG, so she decides to remain with him thereafter.

Cast

Actor Role
David Jason The BFG
Amanda Root Sophia "Sophie" Clonkers
Angela Thorne Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
Frank Thornton Mr. Tibbs
Don Henderson The Bloodbottler
The Fleshlumpeater
Mollie Sugden Mary
Michael Knowles Head of Air Force
Ballard Berkeley Head of Army
Myfanwy Talog Mrs. Clonkers
Jimmy Hibbert Additional Voices

Remake

Disney and directors John Musker, and Ron Clements as well as Tim Burton would be making and producing a 2D traditionally animated musical remake of the film, and new animated adaptation of the book of Roald Dahl that would be using traditional paper and pen scanned to computers. Jim Carrey would be the possible voice of the BFG.

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