James and the Giant Peach is as touching story for young and older children. It starts off with a young boy named James, who has no choice but to live a loveless life with his mean aunts after losing both his parents to an angry rhino in Africa. He deeply misses his parents and fondly remembers his father showing him a postcard of New York City. In his memory his father tells him that New York had many other children that he could play with and that they were going to move there soon.
One day while doing endless chores for his aunts he meets a mysterious man who gives him a bag filled with magical glowing creatures. The man promises that the glowing creatures will help him escape his miserable life with his mean aunts so that he can find the love and happiness he was meant to have. The creatures escaped inside an old peach tree when he accidentally trips, which manifests a gigantic peach the size of a house. James adventure begins when he climbs inside the peach and turns into an animation where he finds a spider, centipede, glow worm, grasshopper, and lady bug. They are the same size as he is and remember seeing him with his mean aunts. The insects are understandably wary of their differences, but they all instantly become friends with the boy. Soon his new friends are off on an adventure to help him get to New York City like his father had wanted for him.
Each insect has different but equally loving personalities. On the trip they learn to appreciate one another and work together to get through their journey safely. Over the length of the story the bugs learn to see the good qualities in one another and the group of friends grow into a loving family.
The animation casts continuously colorful scenes that are intertwined with ambiance as they soar on their vibrant soft peach amongst a starry night and over a glistening sea. The characters set the mood by bringing to life touching scenes filled with music and dancing as they contently enjoy time alone together on their fuzzy giant peach.