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January 21, 2013

Jack the Giant Killer

In this version of Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack rescues the beautiful princess from the giant as well as an array of witches, dragons and sea monsters-- each the magical creation of the evil Pendragon.

The stop-motion effects and the other filmic special effects make this a marvel and a joy to watch. It is quite intense and may not be suitable for viewers under ten or so. With two headed giants, a lizard octopus and my favorite some sort of burning, flying demon it is a joy. The story is a little campy but the special effects cannot be beat for 1962. Jim Danforth did the effects and they look like something by Ray Harryhausen. Jim Danforth, who after watching this, stands alongside of Harryhausen in stop-motion animation. ~Mike

Askwtih Media Library 59013-D 94 minutes 1962

Posted by mcmike at January 21, 2013 02:00 PM


coming to rely on your judgement more and more about what is worth watching with my daughter, and what soon will be...but maybe not quite yet! thanks mike!

Thank you. I hope I can provide some insight to at least what isn't appropriate. I will be updating the list soon. I've been waiting for the blog "upgrade" but it might not be happening.

Posted by: rdhardin at June 11, 2013 11:41 AM

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