Jack and the Beanstalk (2009 film)
|Jack and the Beanstalk|
|Directed by||Gary J. Tunnicliffe|
|Produced by||Gary DePew|
Gary J. Tunnicliffe
|Written by||Flip Kobler|
Chloë Grace Moretz
James Earl Jones
|Music by||Randy Miller|
|Edited by||Andrew Cohen|
Jack Thatcher (Colin Ford) must perform a heroic deed or flunk out of fairy tale school. He sells a valuable possession for magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk overnight. He climbs the enchanted beanstalk and enters a magical and dangerous world to rescue Destiny (Madison Davenport), a little girl who has been transformed into a harp.
This version of the tale includes references to other fairy tale characters as well as contemporary elements.
- Colin Ford as Jack
- Chloë Grace Moretz as Damsel in Distress / Jillian Squarejaw
- Christopher Lloyd as Headmaster
- Adair Tishler as Rapunzel
- William Brent as Prince Charming
- Emily Rose Everhard as Red Riding Hood
- Sadie Ebeyer-Deist as Sleeping Beauty
- Victoria Atilano as Ugly Step Sister
- Atalaya Atilano as Mean Step Sister
- Anthony Skillman as Hansel
- Sammi Hanratty as Gretel
- Daniel Roebuck as Mayor Lichfield
- Wallace Shawn as Broker / Booker / Lancelot Squarejaw
- Katey Sagal as Jack's Mother
- Gilbert Gottfried as Grayson
- James Karen as Verri Saddius
- Madison Davenport as Destiny
- David Mattey as The Giant
- James Earl Jones as The Giant (voice)
- Jeff L. Deist as Dobbytok
- Gary J. Tunnicliffe as Dobbytok (voice)
- Frank Payne as Sergeant Who
- Kevin Schon as Officer What
- Hal B. Klein as Officer Where
- Chevy Chase as General Antipode
- Alan Gray as Muckity Muck
- Brian Peck as The Emperor
Production and release
Home media release
The film was released on home video in the United States by Screen Media Films on May 11, 2010.
In an otherwise positive review, MovieGuide wrote, "The sets and costumes are occasionally hokey. Also, the occasional toilet humor and slapstick comedy sometimes detracts from the movie’s natural charm." Nevertheless, MovieGuide gave the film 3/4 stars.
Jason Best of What's on TV wrote that Jack and the Beanstalk "seeks to emulate the playful wit of the wondrous The Princess Bride but falls woefully short." He went on to note that "Christopher Lloyd, Wallace Shawn and Chevy Chase are also involved, so you’d expect the film to be a lot funnier than it is, but Gary J Tunnicliffe’s flat direction doesn’t give anyone a chance to shine."
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