Giants have popped up in Great Missenden during the week that Disney’s new film The BFG has been released.
Several phiz-whizzing ‘giant information’ posters for ‘Giant Country’ have been put up at Great Missenden Station.
The tongue-in-cheek posters give advice to ‘human beans’ and ‘giants’ who are using the station.
Posters include information such as “Giants should note that human beans are not to be guzzled. Our cafe has frobscottle and Scumdiddlyumptious snacks for everyone - no swatchscollop!” “Human beans and giants must ensure they travel with a valid ticket to avoid being bopmuggered or crodquinkled,” “Please put glubbage in the bind provided. We don’t want the station to become ucky-mucky,” “Thank you for using Chiltern Railways. We hope you have a hopscotchy and whoopsy-splunkers day,” and “Welcome to Giant Country. Living here is like a golden phizzwizzard.”
Disney’s The BFG, based on the novel of the same name by Roald Dahl, was released in cinemas on Friday (July 22).
Best Supporting Actor Oscar-winner Mark Rylance voices the Big Friendly Giant.
Roald Dahl, who would have been 100 this year, moved to Gipsy House in Great Missenden in 1954.
He lived in the village for 36 years until his death in 1990 and wrote all of his famous children’s books, including The BFG, in a specially built Writing Hut in his garden.
In 2005, The Roald Dahl Museum in High Street opened.
The shadowy figure of the Big Friendly Giant is visible on the museum’s wall outside.
The BFG was written in 1982.
The idea for the story had begun several years before, with a sentence scribbled in one of Roald Dahl’s Ideas Books - exercise books he used to write down some of the thoughts that came to him and were sometimes later turned into stories.
The idea of a giant who captured dreams and kept them in bottles for children to enjoy while they were asleep was one Roald had been thinking about for some time.
In Danny the Champion of the World, he was the character in a bedtime story Danny’s father told him.
And Roald had even told the story of The Big Friendly Giant to his own children, climbing up on a ladder outside his daughters’ bedroom and using a bamboo cane to pretend to blow happy dreams in through their window.
In The BFG, the dream-hunting giant takes orphan Sophie - named after Roald’s first grandchild - back to his cave in Giant Country, where he lives surrounded by nine other fearsome giants who spend every night guzzling down humans.
Or, as the giants call them, human beans.
The BFG speaks in quite a turned-around way, but we always understand him.
His language is called gobblefunk.
Roald wrote down a whole list of words The BFG might use, including “whoppsy-whiffling” and “squeakpip.”
This list of words and the Ideas Books are now housed in the Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden - and the museum is also just down the road from a house that inspired the orphanage The BFG snatches Sophie from in the story.
Of all his stories, Roald Dahl said that The BFG was probably his own favourite.