Twilight Sparkle's Retro Media Library


When Matilda Wormwood is born to her parents by the names of Harry and Zinnia Wormwood, they appear to be the meanest parents anyone can ever imagine having. Despite how extremely intelligent she is, Matilda is still being mistreated by her parents and her older brother, Mike Wormwood. At the age of four, she walks all the way to the public library after her family leaves. The librarian gives Matilda a library card, thus allowing her to borrow books to take home from the library. When Matilda solves a math puzzle that involves what Harry's profit was for selling used cars, he tells his daughter that when a person is bad, that person must be taught a lesson, advice in which children could punish their parents. With that advice, Matilda sneaks into her parents' bathroom and mixes her father's hair tonic with her mother's hair dye. Another time was when she put Super Super Glue inside her father's hat. One day, one of Harry's clients, Agatha Trunchbull, principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School, buys a car from Wormwood Motors. Shortly after that, Harry enrolls Matilda to Crunchem Hall. Matilda is thrilled to finally be in a school for the first time, and meet some new friends, like Lavender and Hortensia. But on the first day, she sees that Miss Trunchbull, the principal, is really a bully. She wouldn't even allow a girl to wear pigtails in her school. Fortunately, Matilda's teacher, Miss Honey, is very kind and lovely. In fact, she even visits the Wormwoods' house to talk to her parents about Matilda, but instead, Harry and Zinnia tell her that education is overrated. In another day of school, Miss Trunchbull commands a student named Bruce Bogtrotter to eat a giant chocolate cake in front of the whole assembly. And in another day, she throws Matilda into the Chokie after realizing that her car she bought from Wormwood Motors had broken down. Later on, Matilda develops some magical powers, such as making a glass tip over, and make the cereal and the milk pour themselves into a bowl. And Miss Honey tells the story about her early life when she lived with her father and mean aunt. The girl was indeed Miss Honey, and Miss Trunchbull was Miss Honey's aunt. One night, Matilda goes to Miss Trunchbull's home and uses her magic powers to make Miss Honey's doll and two chocolates float out of a window. On the last (though not yet known to be the last) day where Miss Trunchbull remains principal of the school, she shows Matilda's red hair ribbon to the whole class that she dropped that night, and tries to punish Matilda one last time, until Miss Honey reveals her secret that Miss Trunchbull is her aunt, and Matilda starts terrorizing the Trunchbull by writing a message on the blackboard left by Miss Honey's dead father, Magnus. She terrorizes her some more by having some flying erasers attack her, then making her go for a spin on the globe, then all the students in the school join in with the terror against the Trunchbull by pelting her with food. Finally, the Trunchbull drives away and never comes back to the school, and Miss Honey moves back into her real home. As for the Wormwood family (minus Matilda), they are fleeing to Guam before the police catch them. Before they do so, they sign adoption papers in order to let Miss Honey adopt Matilda as her daughter. After the Wormwoods leave, Matilda and Miss Honey live a happy life together.


Character's name Portrayed by
Matilda Wormwood Mara Wilson
Harry Wormwood Danny DeVito
Zinnia Wormwood Rhea Perlman
Miss Honey Embeth Davidtz
Miss Trunchbull Pam Ferris
Michael Wormwood Brian Levinson
FBI Agent #1 Paul Reubens
FBI Agent #2 Tracey Walter
Miss Phelps Jean S. Howard
Lavender Kiami Davael
Amanda Thripp Jacqueline Steiger
Hortensia Kira Spencer Hesser
Bruce Bogtrotter Jimmy Karz
Magnus Mark Watson
Cookie Marion Dugan

In Other Languages

Language Title
Japanese マチルダ
Chinese 小魔女
Korean 마틸다
Thai มาทิลดา

Production timeline

Principal photography lasted from May 8, 1995 to October 24, 1995.

Release timeline

Format Country of origin Date
Original theatrical USA August 2, 1996
VHS USA December 17, 1996
VHS UK May 1997
DVD USA July 22, 1997
VHS South Korea August 9, 1997
VHS Japan December 3, 1997
DVD UK May 26, 1998
DVD (Special Edition) UK June 21, 2004
VHS (Special Edition) USA August 3, 2004
DVD (Special Edition) USA June 7, 2005
Digital Download USA November 12, 2010
Digital HD USA October 1, 2012
Blu-ray Disc UK November 11, 2013
Blu-ray Disc USA December 3, 2013

Home video timeline

Format Cover Release Date(s) List price Notes
VHS Matilda vhs.jpg December 17, 1996
  • $14.95 (1999)
  • $9.95 (June 25, 2002)
DVD Matilda dvd.jpg July 22, 1997
  • $27.95 (original price)
  • $19.95 (May 22, 2001)
Only available in full screen format.
DVD Matilda sedvd.jpg June 7, 2005
  • $24.99 (original price)
  • $14.99 (2006)
  • $12.99 (February 5, 2008)
  • $9.99 (June 5, 2012)
After a long delay, Matilda was re-released on DVD as a Special Edition, with no changes to the film other than the conversion to "5.1 surround sound", and the addition of some special features.
Blu-ray Matilda bluray.jpg December 3, 2013 $19.99

This is the only time we see the film in anamorphic widescreen. It also includes a new featurette called "Afternoon Tea", and lots more languages (and subtitles) for the film.

A digital copy was also available, but it expired on December 31, 2016.




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