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4/4/20

Journey Through Fiction #4: Roald Dahl

Loosely base off the book. Nice animation but the story is easy forgettable. 
This is a once in a while whenever I feel like posts. In which I talk about different topics in the realm of fiction. Giving myself free ranges and original contend.
Today's topic is about the life of Roald Dahl, plus some mini review on books and movies, and a video.
Born in 1916, Roald Dahl was a British novelist who had wrote 19 kids books, a number of short stories, and screenplays. Roald Dahl first children book was The Gremlins about mischievous little creatures that took apart airplanes in mid-fly. Soon Dahl went on to create some of today's most beloved children's stories such as James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Roald Dahl kids books have themes of disobeying and taking revenges on adults. This has speak of concern among parents and school teachers over the years. Dahl says in his defense 'Kids have a culver since of humor. I just giving them what they want.'

As well as writing kids books Dahl wrote books for adults about mystery and subspace.

Source: Biograph.com

There was a show called Alfred Hitchcock Presents and one of the episodes was called Lamb to the Slaughter. I find out years later that it was a short story written by Roald Dahl.
For some reason I can't find the original episode. This is what I find.  



Mini Reviews - a short review of each book I read, movie I have watch and if I read the book and seen the movie I put those two reviews together. 

Read the book: 

Esio Trot - A shy man who has a crush on this lady that live in the apartment below him. To get her attention he tell the lady that he can make her pet turtle grow big. By writing a spell and saying it backwards. The reason to say it backwards is because turtles read backwards and that why they are slow. So the man goes and buy a boughs of turtles at the pet store and switches the lady's turtle with a bigger turtle. 

I read this book to my little brother when he was five years old and turtles were his favorite animal. Now for some reason he likes cats. I don't know whether to say if  the book was cute, amusing, or mean. As an adult I see it as really mean to what the guy did to that poor turtle. Going back on what Roald Dahl say about kids having a cruel since of humor. I do somewhat agree with that. Adults over complicate everything and when reviewing kids books you has to think and understand what kids like about a book. From reading this when I was a kid I remember it being quit amusing and funny. Esio Trot was never made in to a movie. There no way this short little book can be made into a full movie. Then again some of the movie adaptation of Dahl's books turn out to be impressed. I will talk more about it later. 
Only seen the movie: 



Matilda  is a smart girl even those she the teacher pet and a super nerd every kid in school likes her. For Matilda life is not that easy, at she has to deal with her self-center parents and in school the principle Miss ("The") Trunchbull who has the sympathy of a bulldozer. 

The movie has put me off from reading the book. I don't offend read books that place in school because I never have a good experience throughout my school years. The principle in Matilda remains me of what I had to deal with in school. Teachers can be bullies too. 

The Witches hate kids in everyway. They will turn them into animals or put them in paintings. The books about a boy who spies on a gathering of witches that are creating a plan to get rid of children once and for all. 

I don't remember reading the whole book. I think I started reading it and then put it down for some reason. Watch the movie as a kid and it creep me out.  

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The Croods (The Twit) 

How do you outwit a Twit? Mr. and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything -- except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.

Loosely base of the book. Nice animation but the story was forgettable. DreamWorks has done quit a few adaptations of  books like How to Train Your Dragon and Home. However their adaptations are far from the story of the book. 

Read the book and seen the movie: 

James and the Giant Peach - When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it's as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends--the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts' house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away and the adventure begins!
 I watch the Claymation/live action hybrid as a little kid and the bugs creep me out. From what I remember the movie also had more of the rhino in it. The scene scare me when I was a kid. I read the book as an adult and if I read the book as a kid I would not have been so easy scare. The book didn't have the grasshopper playing the violin. That the only scene I like out of the whole movie.

Fantastic Mr. Fox is on the run! The three meanest farmers around are out to get him. Fat Boggis, squat Bunce, and skinny Bean have joined forces, and they have Mr. Fox and his family surrounded. What they don’t know is that they’re not dealing with just any fox. Mr.. Fox would never surrender. But only the most fantastic plan ever can save him now.

I was about ten years old when I read the book right before my mom took my older brother and I to see the movie. I use to like the book more then the movie but over time I change my mind. the movie is better then the book.  

The book is cute and the ending with the framers sitting around the fox hole waiting. I still find that hilarious after re-reading the book. The movie adds more to the story and characters. While the book is simple.

The BFG aka The Big Friendly Giant. Sophie is taken by the BFG but, he doesn't want to eat. He to be Sophie friend.  

There was an animated movie done in the 1989 that I never seen or heard of it until researching this topic. The 2016 version doesn't stray far from the book. Both the movie and book are fun and whimsical. 

Charlie/Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Charlie find one of five golden tickets to Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory. 

Let me get this clear: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is the Gene Wilder version and the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory one is the Tim Burton version which the one my mom say is the creepy one. In my option they are both creepy. In the Tim Burton version at the end you see the kids walk out of the factory. In the Gen Wilder version you don't see the kids at the end. There no explanation as to what happen to them. 

I have seen both the movies countless times. Now the book I haven't got to it until last year. Boy o'boy the Tim Burton version is the most closest to the book. At times it word for word, which I find surprisingly hilarious. 

 Even those some of movies put me off from reading the book there all good in their own way. Some of them add their own style and layer to a simple story. 

In closing: Roald Dahl's children books capture a charm and deliver a fun story in a simple way. It what make them so beloved by people everywhere.

The movies are all just as good even the ones I didn't enjoy. If you feel you miss out on Roald Dahl children books still give them a try if not then perhaps give his mysteries books for adults a try.

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