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Jack and the Beanstalk (1933)

Jack sells the family cow for magic beans which grow a vine into the sky.


Ub Iwerks (uncredited), Shamus Culhane (co-director) (uncredited) | 1 more credit »




Jack and his mother are the picture of poverty. They're starving and can't afford to eat or tend to the farm. Even the family goldfish is literally nothing but bones. Jack decides to sell the cow at the market. He is about to sell it to a butcher, but a stranger convinces him to buy magic beans instead. Jack's feels that he was cheated and punishes him for being so gullible. She throws the beans out the window where they are watered overnight by rain. In the morning, a tall vine has grown into the clouds. Jack climbs the beanstalk and encounters a giant and his giantess wife, who means to eat Jack. Jack narrowly escapes the wrath of the couple and takes with him the giant's treasures: a magical harp and a hen that lays eggs filled with coins. Written by Melissa

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Rather unremarkable.
9 February 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Jack and the Beanstalk" is the first color film from Ub Iwerks and unfortunately, apart from the animation and color it isn't all that good. The main problem is that many of these color films are based on very familiar fairy tales...and the story does little to bring them to life or make them unusual in any way. And, when the film is unusual, it's not for good--such as the unnecessary singing.

As far as the story goes, I'll recap it...though it's hardly necessary. Jack and his mother are dirt poor so Jack takes the cow to town to sell her. He takes some magic beans from a weird blue guy and when his mother gets mad and tosses them out, they grow into a beanstalk...and the rest you already know.

The biggest problem with this one is that although it looks good, Iwerks and his team forgot to make it fun or funny.

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30 November 1933 (USA) See more »

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Jack y la habichuela gigante See more »

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Color (Cinecolor)

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1.37 : 1
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