‘The Witches’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ … Movies based on books by Roald Dahl

Kind giants, smart foxes, giant peaches, and even adult stories. We review the most popular adaptations of the creator of the Grand Witch that Anne Hathaway is playing in theaters right now.

The Witches (Roald Dahl), Robert Zemeckis’ film (Back to the Future) with Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci and Jahzir Bruno, is still on the Spanish billboard after its theatrical release on October 30. But It is by no means the only film, whether for children or adults, based on the stories created by Roald Dahl. Surely the nineties sound familiar to you The curse of the witches (1990), James and the Giant Peach (1996) and Matilda (1996) or the most recent Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), by Wes Anderson, and My friend the giant (2016), directed by Steven Spielberg.

We start with 36 hours (1964) by George Seaton, with James Garner and Eva Marie Saint, based on the war tale for adults Beware of the Dog. The story centers on an RAF pilot named Peter Williamson – the American commander Jefferson Pike in the film – who is kidnapped by the Nazis. Although not true, they make you believe that you are safe and not in enemy territory and try to convince you that World War II is over to obtain vital information about the Allies.

Years go by and Mel Stuart premieres A fantasy world (1971), based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and with Gene Wilder as the eccentric Willy Wonka. Sure you know it by heart. Charlie Bucket is a poor boy who dreams of getting one of the five golden bills that, inside any Wonka chocolate bar, give access to his mysterious and spectacular factory. But, as if by magic and although it was very difficult, Charlie is one of the lucky ones along with Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde and Mike Teavee. His grandfather Joe accompanies him on the visit. Tim Burton re-adapted it in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005), with Johnny Depp and Freddie Highmore. And there is rope for a while, since Warner Bros. develops a prequel about Wonka y Taika Waititi prepara of the animated series for Netflix, one about the main plot and another about the Oompa Loompas.

1989 is the animated BAG The Giant Good Friend de Brian Cosgrove, adaptation of The great good-natured giant, that goes on a caring giant who gives happy dreams to well-behaved children. Little Sofia discovers him in the middle of the street on any given night and he takes her to the land of the giants, where there are more like him. You also have the most current My friend the giant (2016), with Steven Spielberg behind the cameras, Mark Rylance as the voice of the giant and Ruby Barnhill as Sofia.

‘The Witches’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ …

If you have recently seen in theaters The Witches (Roald Dahl) (2020), you will know that there is a previous version for the big screen: The curse of the witches (1990), by Nicolas Roeg, with Anjelica Huston in the role of the evil Grand Witch. Although there are notable differences between one and the otherThe curse of the witches is much more adult and The witches It is set in Alabama in the 1960s., what they tell is practically the same. A little hero is left orphaned after the death of his parents and begins to live with his grandmother, who confesses that witches exist and they hide among us. The boy knows very well how to differentiate them, but that does not prevent him from coinciding with the Grand High Witch and her minions during a stay in a hotel. Turned into a mouse, he will have to derail the plans of the villain, who intends to turn all the children of the world into mice with the help of a magic potion.

In the 90s they also premiered Four Rooms (1995) by Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell, the animated film James and the Giant Peach (1996) by Henry Selick and Matilda (1996) de Danny DeVito –James and the Giant Peach and Matilda they will also have new adaptations in the near future. The first, made up of four segments, revolves around the inhabitants of the Hotel Mon Signor in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve. ‘The Man from Hollywood’, written and directed by Tarantino himself, is inspired by Dahl’s adult tale Southern man and its premise is a most curious bet. In the second, an orphan named James befriends the insects that live in the giant peach in his garden and together, to escape his sadistic and overbearing aunts, they use the fruit to travel to New York. And what about the third, where Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), a very intelligent girl, uses her telekinetic powers to confront her hateful family and, above all, to the fearsome director Trunchbull (Pam Ferris).

And we must not forget Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), in which Wes Anderson, with stop-motion animation, take the novel to the cinema The Super Fox. In this one, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) is a clever fox who does everything in his power to feed his family and friends. Although this manages to anger the three farmers he steals: Boggis, Bunce y BeanBenito, Buñuelo and Bufón in Spanish. Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and a long etcetera make up the original voice cast.

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‘The Witches’, ‘Matilda’, ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ … Movies based on books by Roald Dahl