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The Twits was adapted for the stage in 2007 and an animated film adaptation, directed by Phil Johnston, is scheduled for release in 2025. Some of his better-known works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, Matilda, The Witches, and The BFG.

In The Twits, more than a dozen changes were made, including changing "ladies and gentlemen" to "folks" and removing words like batty, nutty, screwy, ugly, and hag. Since February 2003, a feature film adaptation of the book has been in development by Vanguard Animation and its founder John H. Everything goes as planned, the Twits believed they've been turned upside down and so stand on their heads to counter it, only to be stuck to the bare floor. He was also the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The BFG and many more brilliant stories.

It is this use of glue that gives the captive monkey Muggle-Wump and his family the idea of using it against the Twits. The birds' descriptions of Muggle-Wump's sanity ("dotty", "balmy", "batty", "nutty", "screwy", "wacky") are the same as those used by the parents to describe Willy Wonka's sanity in Chapter 18, "Down the Chocolate River", of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The story is simple - and the titular characters, Mr and Mrs Twit, are both monstrously horrible and play nasty practical jokes on each other that get increasingly mean and dangerous. The Roly-Poly bird then offers to fly the Muggle-Wumps all the way back to Africa, and the Muggle-Wumps escape. To pay Mrs Twit back for the worms in his spaghetti, Mr Twit thought up a really clever, nasty trick .

And also it’s about a bunch of monkeys that have been trapped in the Twit’s garden and they have to escape. For a story this short, there is a colourful cast of characters, and they emerge later in the story. In October 2006, after the executive/regime changes at Disney, the project moved to Working Title and Universal. In fact, I think the brilliance of Dahl’s writing is how it manages to present all these characters, even the walk-on ones like the postman, and the unfortunate boys who almost get baked in a pie, fully formed, and how it gets the reader wondering about their backstories.

In 1999 he became the first ever Children's Laureate and in 2013 he was knighted for services to illustration.

Despite Roald Dahl having instructed his publishers not to "so much as change a single comma in one of my books", in February 2023 Puffin Books, a division of Penguin Books, announced that it would be re-writing portions of many of Dahl's children's novels, changing the language to, in the publisher's words, "ensure that it can continue to be enjoyed by all today". Because the monkeys are planning to trick the terrible Twits and make their escape, once and for all. However, the small and vulnerable triumph through cleverness and trickery, proving that no matter how small you are and whatever odds are against you, being smart will help you win the day. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until it gets so ugly you can hardly bear to look at it. Twit's glue to attach the Twits' furniture to their ceiling, while the birds come up with an idea to smear glue on the Twits' heads.I can imagine the hours of delight that rereading this would bring - as it did for my goddaughter when she was about 9 or 10. Netflix Animation Erased: Executives Fired, Shows Canceled and Accusations of 'Staged Data' (Exclusive)".

I firmly believe the reason why Dahl's books seem to strike such a chord with my children is precisely BECAUSE they are so dark. To find out what personal information we collect and how we use it, please visit our privacy policy. A second production of The Twits adapted by Enda Walsh and directed by John Tiffany was performed at London's Royal Court Theatre in 2015, running from 07 April - 31 May. Their head shrinks into their neck, their necks shrink into their bodies, their bodies shrink into their legs, and their legs shrink into their feet.

I've heard from some quarters the criticism that Roald Dahl's books are often too dark and should therefore not be read to children.

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