Jack and the Beanstalk (2009)

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Jack goes up the beanstalk to rescue a little girl who has been transformed into a harp.


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12 August 2013 | vchimpanzee
Excellent
At the beginning of the movie, Jack is rescuing a damsel in distress who is being held prisoner in a modern building guarded by a high-tech security system which has a female voice asking,"Who goes there?"

But it's not real. Jack lives in a fairy-tale world and his stern teacher does not like to see Jack daydream. Many of the familiar children from fairy tales are in the class. Jack is learning how to be a hero, unlike his long-lost father who is regarded as a coward.

Since Jack is having difficulty in class, he is given the advice to sacrifice his most important possession. Even though people dress as Europeans did over a century ago, this world has manga, rock music and even video games. Jack's prized possession is the video game C.O.W., and a pawn shop appears mysteriously. The owner wants to give Jack a lot of money but that would not be a true sacrifice. Jack actually talks the man down and is given three beans.

When Jack gets home, has mother is sad because she has lost her job. Elves come in at night and finish her work, so she has been fired because she is not needed. She doesn't know what they are going to do. Jack tries to get his C.O.W. back but the pawn shop disappears as mysteriously as it came. All Jack has is a book of his adventures, which has only blank pages for now. So all he can do is throw his beans out the window. Grayson the Goose eats one and the others grow into a giant beanstalk.

Grayson now looks human and can talk. He wakes Jack, and they soon begin their climb. Grayson is reluctant but eventually goes along.

At the top of the beanstalk, our heroes discover a kingdom ruled by a giant. Verri Saddus has lost his granddaughter Destiny, now a harp, and only Jack can get her back. The journey begins, and each time a milestone is reached, Jack's book tells more of the story. With the help of Jillian and a guard who can only say the opposite of the truth, Jack and Grayson must find the giant's castle and free Destiny. Grayson has an interesting quirk: when he gets scared, he lays golden eggs. Yes, HE lays eggs.

Meanwhile, back on the ground, Jack's mother is horrified when she sees the beanstalk and discovers Jack missing. The townspeople don't seem too concerned and in fact, they want the beanstalk cut down because it is a hazard. Three cops named Who, What and Where are given the job of finding Jack, but all they really do is a funny parody of Abbott and Costello.

So will Jack be a hero? Will the beanstalk be cut down, leaving him stranded?

This is a very good movie, with nothing offensive unless you don't like potty humor. But the movie still got a TV-G rating. I saw "Dumb and Dumberer" the same weekend, and if you want offensive potty humor ...

Plenty of actors give very good performances.

Colin Ford and Chloe Grace Moretz are wonderful as the children with the largest roles.

Gilbert Gottfried is as annoying as always, but his goose is one of the best things about the movie. At some point in the past I learned to accept his very brash style.

Katey Sagal is wonderful as Jack's mom, so normal and loving, until she gets upset and then she's more like the outrageous townspeople.

It is never explained why most of the people have British accents but Jack and his mother don't. Oh, well ...

Daniel Roebuck is appropriately over-the-top as the town's mayor.

There is a sepia-tone silent movie as Verri Saddus tells his story through flashbacks. There is music and narration, and eventually even sound from the past even though the style is still that of silent movies.

James Earl Jones is his usual vicious villain. As with Darth Vader, he doesn't appear, but the giant in this version is no bigger than an NBA player.

It's a worthy effort.

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Trivia

In the first classroom scene, you can see a drawing of a flux capacitor from Back to the Future (1985) on the board behind the Headmaster (played by Christopher Lloyd, who also played Doc Brown, the inventor of the flux capacitor in the film). He also erases 1.21 gigawatts from the board at the end of the scene.


Quotes

Nervous Lumberjack: I never wanted to be a lumberjack anyway. I always wanted to do something different with my life.
Mayor Lichfield: Well, what did you want to be?
Nervous Lumberjack: I always wanted to be...
Mayor Lichfield: What? What?
Nervous Lumberjack: I always wanted to be...
Mayor Lichfield: Say it, man!
Nervous Lumberjack: A pet store owner.
Mayor Lichfield: What?
Nervous Lumberjack: Yes. Huggable dogs, hamsters...


Goofs

In the pillow-fight scene, the stunt double for Jillian (Chloe Moretz) receives several close-ups where the face is clearly seen to be Asian.


Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, Dobbytok wakes up to find nobody's there he looks at the gold coins and decides to take over the castle.


Alternate Versions

Screen Media Films released a DVD of Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) with a 1:34:23 (94:23) run time June 22, 2010. Feature Films for Families released a micro-edited DVD version of Jack and the Beanstalk (2009) with a 1:28:44 (88:44) run time, cutting 05:39 from the Screen Media release in 35 edits, two of which deleted dialogue while keeping the images. The following Feature Films for Families edits show times (mm:ss) relative to the Screen Media DVD. At 00:00, 8 seconds of black frames were cut with an echoing voice saying "Fee, fi, fo, fum". At 07:19, 23 seconds were cut where the headmaster says "I'm thinking of changing your major to something else -- starts with a V, anyone? Village idiot!" At 09:11, the last 6 seconds in the 17 second scene of children filing out of the classroom were cut. At 15:58, 2 seconds were cut where Jack's mother says "Stupid goody, goody elves." At 26:39, 4 seconds were cut of Grayson the goose contemplating pulling underwear off a clothesline before he pulls pants off instead. At 26:46, 2 seconds were cut where Grayson pulls the underwear off the clothesline. At 27:13, after Grayson wakes Jack causing him to scream which causes Grayson to scream the first time, 6 seconds were cut of them catching their breaths and screaming a second time. At 27:25, after Jack exclaims "You can talk?", Grayson's 15 second response was cut, including a chorus of "Won't You Come Home Bill Bailey?" At 27:51, after Jack tells Grayson that his "things" are thumbs, 5 seconds are cut of Grayson clicking the flashlight on and off in Jack's eyes. At 32:20, 13 seconds were cut where Jack extols Grayson to continue climbing by using his thumbs. At 33:24, 30 seconds were cut where Grayson obsesses about the hardships and a passing goose drops poop on his head. At 34:21, 3 seconds were cut of Grayson saying his thumbs may be stupid. At 35:08, 3 seconds were cut where Grayson says "crud". At 38:06, 11 seconds were cut of Grayson obsessing about destiny. At 40:57, 24 seconds were cut of Grayson coming back to say "Destiny" to Verri Saddius to cause him to cry. At 42:39, 1 second was cut where Officer Where calls Officer What stupid. At 45:28, 0 seconds were cut where Grayson's saying "Oh, crud" was excised from the soundtrack. At 45:36, 18 seconds were cut where Grayson obsesses about having a party. At 46:51, 11 seconds were cut where the white pillow-fighter gives a black pillow-fighter a wedgie. At 48:10, 6 seconds were cut where the white pillow-fighter twists a black pillow-fighter's nipples and Jack comments and grimaces. At 49:02, 12 seconds were cut of Grayson saying "Daddy, you've come home" to Jack, who is covered with feathers from the pillow fight. At 51:05, 34 seconds were cut of Jillian's breathless recitation to Grayson's questioning what she can do for them. At 51:42, a net 33 seconds were cut by replacing Grayson's Peanut Butter & Jelly musical number with Jack saying "Whoa!" (51:35 - 51:37). At 52:39, 0 seconds were cut where Grayson's saying "crud" was excised from the soundtrack. At 55:11, 8 seconds were cut of Grayson's explanation of Opposite Day to Jack and Jillian calling it stupid. At 56:02, 2 seconds were cut of Grayson saying "Oh, crud". At 56:46, 1 second was cut of Jillian saying "... or trick the idiot day". At 57:51, 4 seconds were cut of Grayson saying "... and make everyone puke". At 60:28, 1 second was cut of Grayson saying "crud". At 67:39, 1 second was cut of Jack calling The Giant "dog breath". At 71:47, 10 seconds were cut of Jillian trying to tell Jack why she betrayed him and his telling her to shut up. At 80:40, 14 seconds were cut of Jack seeing Jillian putting coins in a bag, her saying "Even heroes have to eat" and "It's that whole take from the rich and give to the poor thing", and Jack saying Okay. At 82:35, 12 seconds were cut of Grayson crediting his thumbs for tying The Giant's shoelaces and Jillian telling Grayson to take her hand. From 82:48 to 82:53, 0 seconds were cut but the frames were flipped left-for-right. At 84:36, 2 seconds were cut of Jack's mother telling the mayor "Hey, mister, off the bedonkadonk." At 93:59, in Dobbytok's 63 second post end credits scene, 20 seconds were cut where, with a wicked laugh, he scoops up coins from the table and says "Boy(?). Fee, Fo, Fi, Fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman. Be ye live or be ye dead, I'll crush your bones to make my bread."

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