Childhood Remastered: Episode 77 – Matilda

This week’s request comes to us from Steven Marchia via Facebook. Roald Dahl film adaptations are usually too few, and too far between. Matilda is no different. This live action comedy film directed by Danny Devito was both a critical and box office success. It’s also been 22 years since it’s initial release. Both of us had seen this film before, but it has been  very long time. After all this time, can a children’s movie still peak our interest? It absolutely can, just look at the content of this podcast! But does THIS movie in particular hold up? I guess you’ll have to listen and find out.

From Wikipedia:

Matilda is a 1996 American children’s fantasy comedy film directed by Danny DeVito, who also produced with Michael ShambergStacey Sher, and Lucy Dahl. It was written by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord, based on Roald Dahl‘s novel of the same nameMara Wilson, DeVito, Rhea PerlmanEmbeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris star. The film is about a young genius named Matilda, who uses telekinesis to deal with her parents, who do not value education, and Agatha Trunchbull, the oppressive principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School.

Highlights:

Roald Dahl, Danny Devito, Nicholas Kazan, Robin Swicord, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Liccy Dahl, Jersey Films, David Newman, Mara Wilson, Mrs, Doubtfire, Batman Returns, Romancing The Stone, Twins, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Rhea Perlman, Cheers, Embeth Davidtz, Pam Ferris, Brian Levinson, Paul Reubens, Tracy Walters, Kiami Davael, Kira Spencer Cook

Links:

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_(1996_film)
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0117008/
Theatrical trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnzLRDDijW0
Wikipedia of Book: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_(novel)
Fan website: http://roalddahl.wikia.com/wiki/Matilda
Matilda Afternoon Tea clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrMLwJ46LiA

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