What's the Difference between Matilda the Book and Matilda the Movie?



Released: 1988
Author: Roald Dahl


Released: 1996
Director: Danny DeVito
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In the Book In the Movie
Matilda Wormwood
Matilda Wormwood
Portrayed by: Mara Wilson
Mrs. Wormwood
Zinnia Wormwood
Portrayed by: Rhea Perlman
Harry Wormwood
Harry Wormwood
Portrayed by: Danny DeVito
Michael Wormwood
Michael Wormwood
Portrayed by: Brian Levinson
Miss Trunchbull
Miss Trunchbull
Portrayed by: Pam Ferris
Miss Honey
Portrayed by: Embeth Davidtz
Miss Honey
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   In the novel, Matilda borrows her friend Fred's parrot for one night and sticks it up the chimney. The parrot's phrases of "Hello! Hello! Hello!" and "Rattle my bones" make the family, including Matilda (who is said to be a pretty good actress) jump, and they all flee once they hear the voice again after looking in the dining room. This doesn't happen in the movie (presumably because Matilda's stuffing the parrot up the chimney was probably viewed as cruelty to animals).
   In the novel, Matilda practices her telekinesis using one of her father's cigars, and it takes a lot of time for her to do so, thus making her very tired at the end of the day. She is only able to direct her powers through her eyes, and it takes six days for her to make her powers stronger. In the film, Matilda is able to awaken her telekinetic powers after remembering all the bad stuff that her parents, her brother and Miss Trunchbull have said to and about her. She doesn't use a cigar like in the novel. Instead of just focusing while using her eyes on one object, she is also able to make a whole cyclone of objects (consisting of playing cards and poker chips) fly around her in one scene by simply flicking her hands around, while at the same time mastering greater control over her powers.
   Matilda never goes into the Trunchbull's house. In the film, Matilda breaks into the Trunchbull's home twice.
   In the book, her dad dislikes the book The Red Pony, becaus he assumes it's American trash, but since they are American in the film, he dislikes Moby Dick instead, for it's rude title.
   matilda brother is the only one that cared to tell his sister bye, before the family speeds off in the car. matilda mother did show she cared a little before, she asked for a pen to sign the paper.
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