Spielberg’s The BFG Reveals Its Big Friendly Giant


In this new trailer for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie The BFG, we finally get a good look at the Big Friendly Giant, our titular monster with a kind disposition. Following the film’s first teaser, this trailer starts to unravel the look and feel of Spielberg’s latest. It’s got a lot of shared DNA with the director’s previous work on The Adventures of Tintin, which had that gooey, rubbery CGI look to its characters. But then there’s that shot, seen in the screenshot above, in which we can see the wonderful detail of the character. It looks a lot like Mark Rylance, the man behind the motion capture, which allows Rylance to humanize this grand wonder.

The trailer has an etherial energy, building up a nice sense of wonder around Roald Dahl’s original design. It promises us a tale worthy of three great storytellers — Dahl, Spielberg and Walt Disney. These promises are plenty lofty, but it’s hard to watch this trailer and not feel some hope for what is to come. That hope exists in the sparkling gaze of Ruby Barnhill, the actress who plays our main human Sophie.

So much is yet to be revealed — like better looks at characters played by Bill Hader (the Bloodbottler) and Jemaine Clement (the Fleshlumpeater) — but thus far, The BFG looks like it might just have a little bit of that special something.

Here’s the official synopsis: “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 is in theaters July 1, 2016.

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