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
Matilda Book vs Movie
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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 book matilda's mother is an overweight blonde, while matlida is skinny like the dad, and micheal is also skinny like the dad and also has the his mother's blonde hair, with big ears on his head. In the book matilda's dad and brother are overweight, while her and the mother are skinny with everybody with brown/dark hair.
   bruce(the boy that ate the cake)was shown as a fat boy with a short haircut. wearing a long sleeve shirt and shorts. bruce is shown as a fat boy with plenty of curly hair, and was wearing a short sleeve shirt and pants.
   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.
   In the book Matilda doesn't ever go in the chokey. Matilda was in the chokey and then Miss Honey had to save her.
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