This classic piece of children’s’ literature written by Roald Dahl will be released in theaters July 1st. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the film follows the story of the Big Friendly Giant, voiced by Mark Rylance, and Sophie a young orphan played by actress Ruby Barnhill. Many of us are familiar with the story having read it as children, but there are many facts about the original book and its author that aren’t well known.
1) The name Sophie comes from Roald Dahl’s first grandchild, Sophie Dahl. Sophie Dahl went on to become a fashion model and author. Originally, the character was a boy named Jody.
2) If you’ve ever wondered if there was a specific name for the language the BFG spoke, then we have your answer. Gobblefunk. The name is as strange as the language. There are several Gobblefunk dictionaries online, so you too can speak the silly language. Some of our favorites include: phizzwizzards, flushbunkled, porteedo, and whizzpopping.
3) English cartoonist and illustrator, Quentin Blake, illustrated many of Roald Dahl’s stories. Blake’s unique, whimsical style complimented Dahl’s stories perfectly. Of Dahl, Blake has said, “He was mischievous. A grown-up being mischievous. He addresses you, a child, as somebody who knows about the world. He was a grown-up – and he was bigger than most – who is on your side. That must have something to do with it.”
4) The BFG is dedicated to Dahl’s daughter Olivia, who passed away from measles encephalitis at age seven. Olivia’s death led Dahl to become a proponent for immunizations. Dahl had four other children, Tessa, Theo, Ophelia and Lucy.