The Big Friendly Giant

This is where all dreams is beginning…

In 1989, The BFG was adapted for a UK TV movie, with David Jason voicing the Big Friendly Giant. A new film version of the story directed by Steven Spielberg is planned for release in 2016.

The BFG – or, to give him his full name, The Big Friendly Giant – is one of Roald Dahls best-loved characters. He features in two of Roalds stories:Danny, the Champion of the Worldand, of course,The BFG.

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Seven years after his first appearance in print, The Big Friendly Giant became the star of his own story. Published in 1982,The BFGpicks up on many of the character traits Roald first wrote about inDanny, the Champion of the World.In both books, The BFG catches dreams and stores them up in his cavernous home before sharing the good dreams with sleeping children. There are a few differences though: inDanny, The BFG is said to be three times as tall as an ordinary man, whilst when Sophie first spots him inThe BFG, she thinks he is four times as tall as the tallest human.

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I is a nice and jumbly giant! I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG. What is your name?

InDanny, first published in 1975, he is the hero of a bedtime story told to Danny by his father – a story, Danny tells us, that must have gone on for at least fifty nights.

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What isnt in doubt is that The BFG is the smallest of all the Giants in Giant Country – but he is also the kindest. While the others rush off to gobble up human beans every night, The BFG survives on a diet of snozzcumbers (yucky) and frobscottle (yummy, and with interesting side effects…), and teaches himself to write by readingNicholas Nicklebyby Dahls Chickens. He speaks, as his friend Sophie says, beautifully – in anidiosyncratic way all of his own that we call gobblefunk.

I is a nice and jumbly giant! I is the only nice and jumbly Giant in Giant Country! I is THE BIG FRIENDLY GIANT! I is the BFG. What is your name? – The BFG

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