3-D glasses on and popcorn in hand, we settled in to see what the two-hour Disney’s The BFG would bring us.
For a little bit in the beginning, the boys were unsure, especially our 5 year old. It was a little intense, from their perspective.
To balance the danger and intensity, there was also a good bit of humor in the film. The BFG himself had a hard time with words and had his own, somewhat comical, way of saying things. (Roald Dahl actually created a language called Gobblefunk – see the Gobblefunk Glossary below!)
The Frobscottle drink, where the fizzy bubbles floated down instead of up, and the results of such, whizzpoppers, was clearly one of the boys’ favorite parts! :O Especially after the Corgis had some! :O :O
By the middle of the film, my youngest kept saying it was the funniest movie he ever saw! LOL! He has seen more-intentional kid comedies, but I was glad to see him able to enjoy the silly amongst the drama.
I thought the movie was very well-done and truly brought Roald Dahl’s story to life. Although I may have, I do not remember reading The BFG as a child, so I was hearing seeing this story for the first time… and I loved it!!
I liked that they didn’t modernize it. If you pay attention, you will catch a question that could only be from the 80’s: when the Queen was on the phone and asked, “Nancy, is Ronnie there?”
All in all, it was a great family film, but there is intensity and a little darkness (the bad giants have pretty brutal attitudes), so may not be for the youngest of the kidlets. I would still absolutely recommend checking it out when it comes out this weekend.
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. “I think it was kind of genius of Roald Dahl to be able to empower the children. It was very, very brave of him to introduce that combination of darkness and light which was so much Disney’s original signature in a lot of their earlier works like in ‘Dumbo,’ ‘Fantasia,’ ‘Snow White’ and ‘Cinderella,’ and being able to do scary, but also be redemptive at the same time and teach a lesson, an enduring lesson, to everyone, it was a wonderful thing for Dahl to have done, and it was one of the things that attracted me to want to direct this Dahl book,” says Spielberg.
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.
Says Spielberg, “It’s a story about friendship, it’s a story about loyalty and protecting your friends and it’s a story that shows that even a little girl can help a big giant solve his biggest problems.”
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.
The BFG Gobblefunk Glossary
Gobblefunk is the language create by Roald Dahl to give The BFG his unique voice.
It is comprised of silly words that are similar to words found in the English language and are used when ordinary words just won’t do.
Cannybully – Cannibal
Chatbags – Chatterbox
Chidlers – Children
Crickety Crackety – Sound of cracking bones
Delumptious – Delicious
Despunge – Deplore
Earbursting – Loud
Figglers – Fingers
Frobscottle – Carbonated soft drink where bubbles float downwards rather than upwards
Frumpkin Fry – Pumpkin Pie
Giggler – Little girls
Glummy – Yummy
Glumptious – Scrumptious
Golden Phizzwizard – A wonderful dream
Hippodumplings – Hippopotamus
Hipswitch – Hence / Straightaway
Human Beans – Human Beings
Humbug – Humble
Humplehammers – Something that is very big
Jabbeling – Babbling
Jiggyraffes – Giraffes
Majester – Majesty
Murderful – Murderous
Phizzwizards – Happy dreams
Rummytot – Nonsense
Rumpledumpus – Rumpus
Scrumdiddlyumptious – Scrumptious
Scuddling – Scurrying
Skumping – Worried
Sloshfunking – Like Godforsaken
Snozzcumber – A gruesome vegetable only found in Giant Country
Splitzwigged – Caught
Swalloped – Swallowed
Swigpill – Swill
Swizzfiggling – Deceiving
Telly-telly Bunkum Box – Television
Trogglehumper – A horrible nightmare
Whiffling – Going off to somewhere
Whizzpopper – Fart
Whopsey – Adjective similar to little or trifling
Get a printable copy of The BFG’s Gobblefunk Glossary.
Roald Dahl’s “The BFG” (Big Friendly Giant) was first published in 1982.
The BFG opens in U.S. theaters on July 1, 2016, the year that marks the 100th anniversary of Dahl’s birth.
Thank you to our sponsor, Walt Disney Pictures, for providing our family a first-look at Disney’s The BFG at the preview last night.