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Rhino (James and the Giant Peach)

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You're not even a real rhino! You're just a lot of smoke and noise! I'm not afraid of you!
~ James to the Rhino

The Rhino is a major antagonist from James and the Giant Peach and the film of the same name.

It is voiced by Frank Welker.


Physical Description

The rhino is a giant black cloud that is shaped like a rhino with yellow eyes.

Powers and Abilities

  • The rhino is made of clouds, so it probably can't be harmed.
  • The rhino seems to have the ability to control the weather, because when it is seen, a strong wind comes and a storm cloud appears; and when it arrives, lightning appears afterwards followed by thunder.
  • The rhino also uses fear as a weapon; the more a person fears it, the stronger it gets. In fact, it represents James' fear.


In the book

In the book, the rhino is a normal rhinoceros that escaped from the London Zoo.

In James and the Giant Peach

In the film, the rhino came out of nowhere and gobbled up James' parents, forcing James to live with his two evil aunts, Spiker and Sponge.

Spiker and Sponge used the rhino to scare James. It is unknown whether it was once a real rhinoceros when it killed James' parents or if it is just a spirit haunting James (more likely the second one since rhinoceroses are herbivores and do not eat meat).

(Mr. Grasshopper: Could it be!) (Mr. Centipede: No, it can't be!) It's the Rhino!
~ James after seeing that the Rhino has appeared once again.

When James and his insect friends finally reach New York, the rhino appears and tries to slow down their progress. Slowly, it approaches the giant peach, using the power of fear. When James manages to muster up the courage to say he isn't afraid of the rhino, it ultimately dissolved, but not before shooting a final bolt of lightning at the giant peach. It is later revealed that James' insect friends are still alive and have survived the rhino's lightning bolt after the giant peach finally landed in New York.


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