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Cap'n O.G. Readmore's Jack and the Beanstalk 

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Episode credited cast:
Lucille Bliss ... Lickety Page / Jack's Mother / Hen (voice)
Stan Jones ... Ol' Tome Cat / Jack (voice) (as Stanley Jones)
Ilene Latter Ilene Latter ... Kitty Literature / Harp / Giant's Wife (voice)
Neil Ross ... Cap'n O.G. Readmore (voice)
Will Ryan ... Wordsy / Humpty Dumpty (voice)
Hal Smith ... Giant / Little Old Man (voice)
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Language:

English

Release Date:

12 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Cat And The Beanstalk
4 October 2017 | by Dawalk-1See all my reviews

This is a rare Captain O.G. Readmore episode/special, as it aired only twice. I seen all of the four, other ABC Weekend Specials featuring Readmore and finally got around to watching this one over a week or two ago after a copy was eventually added to Youtube. And I've got to say, it's just as good as the others. I don't know what some people may have against the nautical cat exactly, but I don't find him all that bad at all and he's alright with me.

As with the other Captain O.G. Readmore-centric ABC Weekend Specials, this begins with the captain holding a book club meeting with four, other cats. A young boy cat named Lickety Page complains and criticizes the things that characters from various fairy tales, fables, and nursery rhymes, like Humpty Dumpty, do and finding their actions dumb. Captain O.G. Readmore also has beef with this for a moment, particularly with Jack And The Beanstalk. Then, Jack himself, Humpty Dumpty, and several, other, literary characters suddenly appear before Captain Readmore (unbeknownst to the other cats, as they are frozen in such a way it's as if someone pressed the pause button on a VCR/DVD remote). Jack then has Captain Readmore transported into the story and take the place of his role to walk a mile in his shoes for a while, to see what it's like and find out for himself if what Jack goes through is all as simple as it seems. The cat meets Jack's mother (who mistakes him for the real Jack himself), the Giant, the Giant's wife, a hen, and a singing harp. After a trade for some magic beans that would grow into the sky-high Beanstalk, Captain Readmore as Jack climbs it to the sky where he finds a castle where the Giant and his wife live. The captain devises a couple of ways for he and Jack's mother to get out of their poverty-stricken situation: Steal (or borrow, as he puts it) the Giant's huge hen who can lay golden eggs and then steal (or borrow) the golden, singing harp. As helpful and well-meaning as Readmore tries to be, his ideas don't quite successfully go as according to plan.

After that experience and adventure, Readmore is then brought back to the book club meeting. He seems to get the point that Jack was trying to make. That what the characters go through isn't as easy as it seems, along with comparisons made between fiction and reality. Once that's settled, all the literary characters return to their respective stories and the other cats are brought back from their frozen state, unaware of the whole thing that happened. Interestingly enough, the Giant in this revamp of the story also appears in Captain O.G. Readmore Reads Puss 'N' Boots. I really like the singing harp, who would often be muffled in the middle of her songs. Concerning the technical aspects of this, it was an innovative retelling of the tale and full of witty writing. The animation moves properly, the colors are well-balanced, the backgrounds and layouts are well-made, the music is nicely composed and played, and the voice acting is well done. This is an enjoyable ABC Weekend Special, featuring Captain O.G. Readmore or otherwise. A lesson in literature. I recommend it.


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