Saccarine and disappointing adaptation of the great Roald Dahl children's classic. Selick's "Nightmare" is one of my all time favs but this follow up just fell so flat. Live action scenes leave a lot to be desired (James miscast) and the voice characterizations all over the place. Found it disappointing back in '96 and worse now. Was happy to see Selick back in form couple of years ago with the great "Coraline".
Even though I've only seen this a few times as a kid, this is a pretty good stop-motion animated movie. On a side note: If the rhino was a metaphor for James' fear, then how did the parents die? I guess it doesn't matter but it's one of the funniest and abrupt parental deaths in the Disney catalogue.