Matilda is a 1996 American children's fantasy-comedy film directed, produced and narrated by Danny DeVito, who also starred in the lead role. The film is based on Roald Dahl's 1988 novel of the same name. The film co-stars Mara Wilson, Rhea Perlman, Embeth Davidtz, and Pam Ferris. The film is about a young genius named Matilda, who uses telekinesis to deal with her parents, who do not value education, and Agatha Trunchbull, the oppressive principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School. The film was released in the United States on August 2, 1996.