This year we have no shortage of awesome movies and with the summer comes all of the awesome kid-friendly films. The one I’m most looking forward to seeing is Disney’s live-action version of The BFG. For those that don’t know, The BFG is based on the classic book by Roald Dahl.
This book was truly one of my favorites as a kid. There’s just something magical about this story that I know is really going to come alive on screen.
The BFG Official Trailer
The talents of three of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl, Walt Disney and Steven Spielberg – finally unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic “The BFG” to life. Directed by Spielberg, Disney’s “The BFG” tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country.
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. 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.
It’s amazing to think that this book was published in 1982 and is still captivating the hearts of children and adults a like. I’ve always enjoyed the adaptations of Dahl’s books to film, but I think this one is going to be the best of all. Steven Spielberg is a true master of his craft and when his powers combine with Disney, epic is really the only word I can think of.
Steven Spielberg The BFG Featurette
The BFG will be coming to theaters this week! On July 1 we can all grab some popcorn and indulge in the magic of some amazing storytelling. To help get you and your kids excited to see this film, I have some fun coloring sheets and activity pages to share with you.
Click here to download your free The BFG coloring sheets and activity pages
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