The birthday of the World's No. 1 Storyteller, Roald Dahl, is on 13th September. And over the last few years, in honor of the beloved children's author, fans around the world have decided to aptly name the glorious day as Roald Dahl Day.
So, whilst every twit in the land partakes in a little whizzpopping and enjoys a few snozzcumbers in his name, why not refresh your memory of some of the wonderful movie adaptations his classics have received over the years:
You'd never think that Danny DeVito would be a name so closely associated with a Roald Dahl movie adaptation, but there you go. Despite the strong themes of parental neglect and school bullying, Matilda still retains its magical charm and makes you wish you were young again.
Plus, the telekinetic scenes in the movies are INSANELY good. Take a peek at the trailer:
2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
The first movie adaptation of Dahl's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is arguably the most iconic of the lot. Following the story of a young boy named Charlie Bucket who wins a Golden Ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory, we are taken on a whirlwind journey behind-the-scenes of a top-secret confectionary factory where nothing is as it seems.
Check out one of my absolute favorite scenes from the movie:
3. The BFG (Big Friendly Giant)
The animation movie adaptation for the The BFG was very faithful to the plot in the books when it was first aired in 1989. Alongside heartwarming characters such as Sophie and the Queen of England, the eponymous Big Friendly Giant is played by the legendary voice-star David Jason. With his wonderfully gravely tones, the magical story of the small giant is brought to life, including his survival on snozzcumbers and frobscottle instead of the "human beans" that the other giants of Giant Country prefer.
Today, the mesmerizing story continues to delight audiences all over the world:
4. The Witches
Although Dahl allegedly called the movie "appalling" by his standards, The Witches has long been a favorite amongst fans of his books. The unsettling story of a young boy who stumbles upon a witch convention (and is turned into a mouse!) is brought to life by memorable performances by Anjelica Huston in the role of the evil Grand High Witch.
Super entertaining for adults and terrifying enough to give children nightmares, this is possibly one of the best adaptations on this list.
Relive the fantasy in the trailer here:
5. James & The Giant Peach
It was always going to be a difficult task bringing the story of a boy who crosses the ocean in a huge piece of fruit to life. Yet, Tim Burton's producing on the Disney project did justice to the Dahl classic.
Using stop motion animation, the adorable fantasy stretched our imaginations and almost made us believe in magic again. I love it!
6. Fantastic Mr. Fox
Wes Anderson's attempt at a stop motion animation of Fantastic Mr. Fox certainly overwhelmed the original story with the director's eccentric quirks. In my opinion though, it totally worked.
Plus, with such an impressive cast such as Owen Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Meryl Streep and George Clooney, this adaptation was always going to be a winner. Especially amongst a more adult demographic, at which many of its whimsical features and jokes are directed. If you haven't seen the movie yet, sneak a peek at the trailer:
Sources: whatculture.com and IMDB