Jack and the Beanstalk (DVD)
Title: Jack and the Beanstalk
Running time: 89
Distributor: Hen's Tooth Video
Release date: 2005-06-28
Age rating: G
Jack, a poor farm boy, is sent to town by his mother to sell their cow. Along the way, he encounters a wily musician who tricks him into trading the cow for five "magic" beans. Jack's outraged mother throws away the worthless beans. But during the night, they sprout into a beanstalk, reaching as high as the heavens. Jack climbs the stalk, accompanied by his faithful hound dog, Crosby.
Emerging through the clouds, he comes upon a castle and meets beautiful Princess Margaret, who's been enchanted by Hecuba, the wicked witch. Under the influence of magic, the princess believes she is in love with Hecuba's son, a dim-witted giant named Tulip. With the help of some mice, Jack is led to the castle's fabulous treasure trove. He schemes to silence the giant's talking harp, free the lovely princess, and return home with the giant's wealth, including a magic goose who lays golden eggs.
This 1974 musical version of the classic story endures in the hearts of all who grew up watching it on HBO or owned the "Magic Window" version released on video in the early 1980s. It features the memorable songs "No One's Happier Than I" and the haunting "Are You Happy?"
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