Special thanks to Disney for the magical trip to Los Angeles to cover the World Premiere of Moana and its press events, including a brunch with Lucy Dahl to celebrate the release of The BFG on DVD & BluRay
One of my favorite authors growing up was Roald Dahl. His books were always so much fun to read and took this young bookworm to lands unknown, full of magic and whimsy. The BFG (The Big Friendly Giant) was no exception to that rule, and it’s now available on DVD & BluRay with some fun Bonus Features.
When The BFG hit the theaters this summer, I was so excited to see what Stephen Spielberg had done with the book and how he was going to make the giants come to life. It has been eons since I read the book and I generally have this “I won’t see a movie until I’ve read the book” rule, but I saw The BFG before refreshing my memory by reading the book again. Rules are made to be broken, right? Kind of like Bonus Features were made to be watched, and on The BFG, the bonus features are larger than life.
My kids love watching the bonus features on a movie. I was thinking just today about how I didn’t watch bonus features when I was their age, and then I remembered we had VHS and quite literally the only thing after a movie was the credits, so yeah. There weren’t any bonus features. How’s that to make a gal feel aged?
Here’s a quick guide to the bonus features on The BFG and some fun coloring pages and the Gobblefunk Glossary so you and your kids can brush up on your Gobblefunk before watching The BFG, which, by the way, would make a great stocking stuffer.
BRINGING THE BFG TO LIFE
- A video diary filmed by Ruby Barnhill who plays Sophie in The BFG. It’s a really touching and funny video diary with lots of insider information into how the movie was filmed, how she got the role, and what it’s like to have a whizpopper with The Queen.
THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT AND ME
- A short, hand drawn animation narrated by a child about their adventures with The BFG. Very cute, my kids love it and have begged me to teach them to animate their drawings. Because THAT’S easy!
GOBBLEFUNK – THE WONDERFUL WORDS OF THE BFG
- A fun and comprehensive overview of the BFG’s language. He doesn’t quite speak like you and I and has different words for certain things. You’ll get a whole lesson on the giant word for fart (whizpopper). Who doesn’t love a little fart humor? Don’t worry, there are other important words in the overview like the names of the three types of dreams The BFG captures and what he calls a rumpus. Download and print the Gobblefunk Glossary here so you too can learn to speak like The BFG!
- This part of the bonus features explains how they turned regular people like Gemaine Clement into a bumbling, child-eating giant. Hint: There was a movement coach and lots of practice. Also: How do I get THAT job? So cool.
MELISSA MATHISON: A TRIBUTE
- Melissa Mathison is the screenwriter for E.T. as well as The BFG and the ex-wife of Harrison Ford with whom she had two children. This tribute is a touching glimpse into how she came on board for writing The BFG for screenplay, her long-time relationship with Stephen Spielberg, and a tribute to her life which was lost tragically to cancer before the crew had a chance to “say goodbye to The BFG” at the release. This is a great bonus feature, and definitely worth watching for young and old alike. I wish I had known that being a screenwriter was even a THING before I went to college. These bonus features expose children to so many neat career paths they can consider. I’m a fan.
JOHN WILLIAMS: SCORING A DREAM
- Want to see how music is written for a film? Here’s your chance!
Pick up The BFG on DVD and BluRay NOW! It’s a perfect stocking stuffer for your kids or your favorite bookworm. Take time to watch it and relive a childhood favorite! Add The BFG book for a fun The BFG gift bundle.
For those of you who haven’t seen the movie yet, here’s the official trailer: