- DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Language: English
- Studio: Screen Media
- Directors: Gary J. Tunnicliffe
- ASIN: B0036K9CFA
I just watched Avalon’s 2010 Jack and the Beanstalk released to DVD June 22, 2010. This 70 minute running time film is G rated, live action, family fare. It is available online at Amazon.com for $14.98. This particular version of Jack and the Beanstalk is a unique spin on a time tested fairy take brought to life.
Jack and his mother fall on desperate times. An enchanted beanstalk takes him and his wisecracking half-man half goose sidekick Grayson to a world dark and sinister. Jack saves the day and becomes a hero.
I think kids will identify more with a Computer of Wonder than a bovine, but I doubt if they will appreciate the story’s slapstick telling. The touches of humor injected into it will be above the heads of many. I would have rather seen the writers focus of a few well-written characters than expand the tale with so many original but frivolous characters.
I especially enjoyed Colin Ford and Chloe Moretz, two talented child stars. I found myself irritated by the mannerisms and speech of Gilbert Gottfried. I wished talented Christopher Lloyd had a bigger part. I loved Jack and the Beanstalk’s moral: Initiative, perseverance, and sacrifice reap rewards.
The cast is stellar. It includes Chevy Chase as Antipode, Madison Davenport as Destiny/The Harp, Emily Rose Everhard as Red Riding Hood, Colin Ford as Jack, Gilbert Gottfried as Grayson, Sammi Hanratty as Gretel, James Karen as Saddius, Hal B.Klein as Officer Where, Christopher Lloyd as Headmaster, Chloe Moretz as Jillian, Frank Payne as Sergeant Who, Brian Peck as Emperor, Daniel Roebuck as Mayor, Katey Segal as Jack’s Mother, Wallace Shawn as Booker/Broker/Lancealot Squarejaw, Anthony Skillmas as Hansel, Adair Tishler as Rapunzel, Gary J. Tunnicliffe as Nervous Lumberjack, Billy Unger as Price Charming, David Mattey as The Giant, and James Earl Jones as the voice of the Giant.
Jack And The Beanstalk was awarded 4 out of 5 Doves by the Dove Foundation.
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