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.
To celebrate the upcoming BluRay release I attended a miniature brunch feast, special photo opp. and interview with Lucy Dahl, daughter of author Roald Dahl. She was an absolute delight and shared with us a personal story of where the BFG came from and what her dad did to preserve it in her childhood:
LD: Yes. Can I preface something by telling you a little bit about the BFG and me? So it was really amazing growing up with Roald Dahl as my dad because everything was a fairy tale, really, in because we were sort of his, um, lab rats [LAUGHS], so to speak, and so he would test his ideas and his characters and people on us, although we didn’t know it at the time. We just thought that we were getting great stories and he created this whole sort of kingdom of where we lived.
This whole kind of, you know, like Disneyland and you could actually live there for a long time, I think. You’d get your food. It’s a destination resort sort of thing and that’s sort of what our house and our garden and our orchard beyond and then fields and the woods beyond that, that’s what our rambling old house in the countryside of Bingham was like. It wasn’t fancy at all. We did not have a lot of money. My father worked very, very hard to get us through school. My mum was always working in America, but back to focus on the BFG, is he is real to me [LAUGHS]. He lived under our apple orchards which was beyond our garden and every single night, he would blow dreams into my sister and my bedroom, and dad would tell us a story about some idea he was brewing. Sometimes it was about the BFG, sometimes it was about some other thing that he was thinking about.
Though we didn’t know at the time. We just thought it was a story and then even in the middle of winter, even if it was snowing outside or blizzarding, or whatever, we would always have to leave out little old bedroom window open a crack and our bedroom was tiny. Ophelia, Ophelia’s the name of my sister. She’s fifteen months older than me and our bedroom was really small. Anyway, so after he told us a story, he would say goodnight, and we would lay there and we would wait for the BFG to come and blow dreams into our room and sure enough, within five, I have no idea how long it was. It wasn’t long, and this band with stick would come, they would always speak to Ophelia first which annoyed me, I have to admit. Because I, Ophelia was outside and I was outside and you would hear [MAKES NOISE].
Then it would go this way and I would get my dreams and then it would retract and then that was just it for years and years and years while we were young growing up and then when we got to age where we thought that maybe, when our friends started to say there’s no such thing as the BFG, as they do, we questioned. Dad said, you mustn’t, the minute you stop believing in magic, it will never happen and it also must have worried him tremendously because the next morning when we woke up His precious lawn, his garden, he was an avid gardener, and the grass had huge brown footprints that said BFG across the whole garden that he had done with weed killer. And he said to us, you’ve made the BFG cross that you’re not believing in him and he obviously wanted to tell you that he’s here, um, and then we realized that it wasn’t the BFG sticking a dream through our window one night when I think dad had a bit too much to drink and he fell off his ladder [LAUGHS]. One night the bamboo stick was coming back through the window and we heard this enormous [MAKES NOISE] crash, crash bang and we were told never to go to window to look, but we did and there was my poor old dad at the bottom of the ladder saying I’m fine, I’m fine.
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