This month, the world celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of Roald Dahl, beloved children’s author of family favorites like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “James and the Giant Peach,” “Matilda” and Dahl’s personal favorite, “The BFG,” as well as World Dream Day, an annual event honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us.” It seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg, on Nov. 29 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
As dreamers around the globe gear up for Sunday’s World Dream Day, an annual holiday honoring “the dreamer, visionary and innovator in all of us,” it seems a fitting time to announce the in-home release of “The BFG,” Disney’s fantasy adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg and featuring a dream-collecting Big Friendly Giant. This heartwarming tale for the whole family arrives home for the holidays on Nov. 29 on Digital HD, Blu-ray™, Disney Movies Anywhere, DVD and On-Demand.
“The BFG” unites the talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – to bring to life the classic tale of a courageous little girl named Sophie (newcomer Ruby Barnhill) and a gentle and charming Big Friendly Giant (Oscar®-winner Mark Rylance) who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Spielberg employs a new, hybrid style of filmmaking blending live-action and performance-capture techniques, resulting in genuine, heartfelt performances and super-photorealistic animation.
Families and fans will be swept away by this spectacular adventure and delight in extensive bonus features, including a behind-the-scenes look at the making of “The BFG” hosted by Ruby Barnhill and featuring Steven Spielberg; a charming, all-new short; a fun and whimsical tutorial on the Big Friendly Giant’s unique language of Gobblefunk; a touching tribute to screenwriter Melissa Mathison (“E.T. the Extraterrestrial,” “The Black Stallion”); and more.
Spielberg’s directorial debut with The Walt Disney Studios was a labor of love, as he’s been a fan of Dahl’s for years. In fact, he read “The BFG” to his own children when they were younger. According to 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” is a Golden Phizzwizard* come true for Spielberg, Dahl fans and audiences around the world.
As a lover of fantasy, I think I may have been more exited about this film that my children were. The BFG is a magical tale of a little girl named Sophie. After she catches a glimpse of a giant outside her window, he steals her away to keep her from revealing his secret. Soon, she becomes fast friends with this magical giant, whose job is to catch dreams that he delivers to the human city. But it's not all fun and games for Sophie and the BFG. There are a whole gang of giants who aren't nearly as nice. They like to eat humans, and even start sneaking into the human world to abduct people while they're sleeping. Knowing they can't handle the situation alone, Sophie convinces the BFG to reveal himself to the queen so that they can join forces and stop the evil giants once and for all.
This was such a wonderful movie. The computer animation makes the giants look so real. They have such lifelike features. I especially loved the way the BFG's ears flapped. He also had a delightful of mispronouncing almost every word he said, like when he tells "Her Majester" that he's her "Humbug Servant". One of my favorite scenes is when the BFG shares his soda with the queen, her generals, and even her little dogs with some hilarious results. This is a film I could watch over and over again, with or without my kids. It's a wonderful family film and destined to become a Disney classic.