The BFG Trailer – Spielberg, Disney, Dahl May Manage The Magic

Serious Dahl fans often wonder why there aren’t more/better film adaptations of his work… you know, beyond Willy Wonka, and why people aren’t more familiar with all of his work generally. Until someone makes one, and then there is often a lot of complaining.

The BFG is a title that is bound to make a lot of people as nervous and excited as the day Where the Wild Things Are was announced. It’s not only a title that is filled with the bizarre and wondrous, but it is one that many people love in a way that means any film adaptation is bound to be a disappointment.

The trailer may finally alleviate some fears, and you’d think that if there was any chance, Disney and Steven Spielberg might be the ones to bring it home.

If there’s one thing that the trailer delivers, it’s the oddity involved in the story, and the air of mystery.

Take a look below, and mark your calendar for this one.

The BFG Trailer

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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 Queen Victoria (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.



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