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This is an Oswald the Lucky Rabbit which spins its own version of Jack and the Beanstalk
10 November 2006 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

When I saw the title of this short, I thought it might be a play on the Alice in Wonderland story. Strangely enough, it's actually a re-telling of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale, a fairly interesting one at that. As I want to discuss the short, this is a spoiler warning:

This short opens with Oswald singing a song about his grandmother sewing a rip in his pants while his grandmother is sewing a rip in his pants-while he's still wearing them! Granny is being assisted by a rather helpful mouse, who also manages to stick the sleeping cat with the needle at least once.

This has all the makings of an old melodrama-the dastardly landlord callously telling granny that if he's not paid the mortgage by six, she gets the boot, complete with maniacal laugh and mustaches. Oswald vows to save the homestead and decides to sell the cow to raise money. A witch materializes from a tree and offers a bag of beans for the cow. There's a really good bit here, where the cow basically becomes a "one cow band" when the sale is completed.

The obvious happens-the beans get planted, a beanstalk results and Oswald winds up in a large castle, where he meets a girl who decides to help him. There are some really good visuals, culminating in the two hitching a ride on a spider who doubles as "elevator"-right above the mouth of the sleeping (and snoring) giant.

They make it over to the chicken (yes, a chicken) that lays golden eggs, a rather noisy and complex process. Oswald gets one 14-caret golden egg before the giant wakes up and the chase is on. Why Oswald doesn't grab the chicken and take it is a puzzle, but the chicken disappears during the chase, though the girl remains and she goes down the beanstalk with Oswald, both followed closely by the giant.

Meanwhile, back at the old homestead, granny is weeping as the dastardly landlord is cackling that only one minute remains, when Oswald announces his impending arrival. The landlord cuts down the the beanstalk, laughing a somewhat premature victory laugh-the giant hits him and they're both driven into the ground, while Oswald and the girl land safely. There's a victory dance by Oswald, the girl, the cat and the mouse around an improvised maypole and we leave the happy scene, where virtue has once again emerged triumphant-as long as you ignore the fact that Oswald trespassed and stole from the giant, of course. Minor details.

This short is available on the DVD Attack of the '30s Characters and it is well worth watching. Recommended.

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