A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006. Now a Popeye's fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from May 06, 2021
“Big Bugs in the Big Apple” (James and the Giant Peach film, 1996)

James and the Giant Peach (1961) is a novel by Roald Dahl (1916-1990). It was made into a 1996 film of the same name. James and some anthropomorphic bugs travel across the Atlantic ocean on a giant peach and arrive in New York City.

In the 1996 film (not the 1962 book), a grasshopper says:

“I’m looking forward to a hopping good time...in the Big Apple, Mr. Centipede.”

Later in the film, it’s suggested that the arrival is big news:

“Stop the presses. I got a new front page. ‘Big Bugs In The Big Apple.’”


Wikipedia: James and the Giant Peach (film)
James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and Denise Di Novi, and starred Paul Terry as James. The film is a combination of live action and stop-motion animation. Co-stars Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes played James’s aunts in the live-action segments, and Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Susan Sarandon, Jane Leeves, David Thewlis, and Margolyes voiced his insect friends in the animation sequences.

IMDb (The Internet Movie Database)
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
PG | 1h 19min | Animation, Adventure, Family | 12 April 1996 (USA)
James and the Giant Peach Poster

An orphan who lives with his two cruel aunts befriends anthropomorphic bugs who live inside a giant peach, and they embark on a journey to New York City.

Drew’s Script-O-Rama
James And The Giant Peach Script - Dialogue Transcript
(...)
I’m looking forward to a hopping good time...in the Big Apple, Mr. Centipede.
[ Centipede ]
You said it, Mr. Grasshopper.
(...)
Stop the presses. I got a new front page. “Big Bugs In The Big Apple.”

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