Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April A-Z: Jackin' the Beanstalk

Everyone knows this classic tale, right? A little kid named Jack, his cow, the magic beans, a beanstalk-cloud ladder and a golden goose which the little punk pilfers when he burglarizes a giant's cloud castle. I presume the magic beans were just that, and the rest of the story is some kind of trip.

If you think you know the story, here's a little trivia question for you: What was the giant's name? Think about that and I'll get right back to you with the answer.

Jack AND the Beanstalk is a traditional English fairy tale, first recorded in print in 1807 by Benjamin Tabart and often adapted; most recently in 2006 as Jackin' the Beanstalk starring Lexi Bardot, Persia DeCarlo, Joe Friday, Tina Ling and Van Damage; directed by Barrett Blade. Now, there's not a single clip from this film which I could show on this blog without then feeling awkward around my Christian friends so... here's a nice trippy clip from the 1974 adaptation. Fasten your seatbelt...

Oh - almost forgot - the giant's name? Didn't have one. Jack is the only character in the traditional story with a name. However, many adaptations, including Jack the Giant Killer, assign him the name Blunderbore.

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