This ambitious miniseries begins with Jack's descendant (Matthew Modine) and works its way backward to the story of the original young man and the beanstalk. Because the first Jack used that towering vine to steal a giant's magic goose and harp, an entire world was reduced to poverty and a bloodline was cursed--all Robinson men die in their 40s, and the modern-day Jack is around that age. Fortunately, Ondine (Mia Sara), a visitor from the giant's alternative reality, has a plan. If she and Jack can recover the stolen items in time, they may be able to solve both problems. The made-for-TV movie boasts top stars (including Vanessa Redgrave and Jon Voight) and Jim Henson's Creature Shop's nifty special effects. Although children younger than 10 may find the complex narrative confusing and the implied violence scary, Jack and the Beanstalk is an inventive retelling that adds new life to an old story. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I first saw this movie when it was aired on TV, as a two part series. I am, and always have been, a fan of "the other side of the coin" type tales, stories that challenge popular... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2009 by Jennifer Bennett
Whether you prefer the classic or this new version, it doesn't make any difference. The classic Jack and the magic Beanstalk is not suitable for kids anyway,Why? Read morePublished on June 3 2004
"Jack and the Beanstalk" was my favorite fairy tale when I was a child; and I had great hopes when I heard about this television adaptation that Hollywood would finally... Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Gloria Clothier
I've shown this movie for three years now in a creative writing class for kids. I continue to be amazed at how intricately it weaves its story -- I discover something new on each... Read morePublished on March 20 2004
Nice Story, good actors and the butler is perfect!
So I think this movie is very good, and nice to see it.
Greez Lex Moneyshot
I highly recommend this movie...especially for children.
We watched this movie as a family movie and my children, ages 4 - 11 loved it from beginning to end. Read more
This is one of the best family DVD's I have ever seen. Not only is the story great for kids (but appropriately rated at PG because of a few scary scenes) , it is really wonderful... Read morePublished on Sept. 7 2002 by Imperial Topaz