7 Roald Dahl Movie Adaptations to Go Back and Re-Watch
Author Roald Dahl's first novel, The Gremlins, was published in 1942. Since then, he's been credited with writing close to 50 books, with 20 or so of them geared toward children (they work for adults, too, being a bit dark).
We've seen screen adaptations of his work since 1965's 36 Hours, and we're due another one this week, with a new version of The Witches available for streaming over at HBO Max.
There are a number of adaptations of his work to choose from, but we've taken on the difficult task of narrowing this list down to seven of our favorites:
1. Matilda (1996)
A little girl by the name of Matilda (Mara Wilson) has magical powers, that her parents (Danny De Vito, Rhea Perlman) aren’t too keen on. Matilda finds comfort and guidance in her school teacher (Embeth Davidtz). While she's initially dismissed and treated poorly for being different, she embraces her powers and uses them to get out of her dire family situation.
2. James and the Giant Peach (1996)
James Henry Trotter (Paul Terry) loses his parents in a most unexpected way and finds himself living with his two awful aunts. The young boy seeks refuge inside a ginormous peach. He befriends the talking bugs who get cozy in the peach. The film is both live-action and animated. Richard Dreyfuss and Joanna Lumley also lend their voices.
3. Esio Trot (2015)
Mr. Hoppy (Dustin Hoffman) is sweet on his neighbor Mrs. Silver (Dame Judi Dench). When he hears her cooing over her pet tortoise, he so wishes it was him. With that, he comes up with a plan to gain her attention and... affection. The made-for-TV movie is co-written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually) and his Vicar of Dibley co-writer Paul Mayhew-Archer.
4. The Witches (1990)
A young boy (Jasen Fisher) travels with his grandmother (Mai Zetterling) to a hotel in the South of England for a quiet holiday. At the hotel the boy notices something is amiss at a women’s convention, realizing they’re witches. As soon as he notices them, they notice him, turning him into a mouse. Other familiar faces include Angelica Huston as the Grand High Witch, and Rowen Atkinson and Bill Paterson.
5. The BFG (2016)
The BFG (Mark Rylance), which stands for Big Friendly Giant, is the odd man out in Giant Country because he refuses to eat children like most giants do. He would rather blow bottled dreams into their bedrooms when they are fast asleep. Sophie (Ruby Barnhill), a child living in an orphanage, discovers the BFG on one such night.
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) and his family engage in a battle of wits with the farmers who try to invade their underground dwellings in the animated film directed by Wes Anderson. Anderson, Owen Wilson, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe and Michael Gamdon lend their voices to the film.
7. Willy Wonka the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) is one of millions of children who wins a golden ticket allowing him entrance into Willy Wonka’s (Gene Wilder) chocolate factory. Not to be misleading, the factory makes way more than chocolate as the children soon learn.
What's your favorite Roald Dahl story? Book or movie!