Australian Council on Children and the Media

The BFG

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What’s it about?

Sophie is an orphan living in London. One night she wakes up to loud noises and is afraid of shadows when she sees a huge giant coming towards her. Sophie thinks the giant is going to eat her but he picks her up and takes her to Giant Land.

The giant turns out to be a friendly giant (the Big, Friendly Giant or BFG) but the other giants in Giant Land are not so friendly and like to eat children. The BFG has to protect Sophie from the other giants and in the meantime they become good friends.

What to look out for

There is some violence in this movie such as:

  • The bad giants tease the BFG, throw him about and make him crash into other giants.
  • To protect Sophie, the BFG attacks the other giants with a fire poker.

There are also several scary scenes which would scare younger kids such as:

  • Sophie is alone and scared in the night when she is kidnapped by the BFG.
  • Sophie tells the BFG that both her parents are dead.
  • The bad giants are very scary looking and are very mean. It seems that they have already eaten a young boy.

Moral of the Story

The messages of the story are to not judge people by how they look and the importance of belonging.

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