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Jack and the Beanstalk > BACKGROUND

Folk and fairy tales provide a rich starting point for a digital media project. Passed down from oral storytellers through literary traditions to new media, they are always altered by retelling to reflect the needs of the teller and the aesthetics of the time. Because the story is so well known, it can be altered significantly and still remain resonant and recognizable to the contemporary audience.

For more versions of the tale and the history of this folktale go to:

MORE Versions of Jack and the Beanstalk
3 versions of an English fairy tale edited by D. L. Ashliman
SurLaLune ( annotated version on web)

Books + References
Joseph Jacobs, "Jack and the Beanstalk", English Fairy Tales
Jacob and Wilheim Grimm, Grimm's Fairy Tales, "The Devil With the Three Golden Hairs"
Lang, Andrew, ed. "Jack and the Beanstalk." The Red Fairy Book. New York: Dover, 1965
Opie, Iona and Peter. The Classic Fairy Tales. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974
Tatar, Maria M. The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales. New York: W. W. Norton, 2002.
Zipes, Jack, ed. When Dreams Come True. London: Routledge, 1998.
Zipes, Jack, ed. The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales. Oxford: Oxford University, 2000.

Other contemporary versions:
Dahl, Roald. "Jack and the Beanstalk." Revolting Rhymes. New York: Puffin Books, 1982.
Buckley, Michael. The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy Tale Detectives. New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2005

Film + Animation Versions
Jack and the Beanstalk (1922). Walt Disney, director.
Jack and the Beanstalk (1931). Dave Fleischer, director. (Betty Boop).
Jack-Wabbit and the Beanstalk (1942). Friz Freleng, director (World War II Bugs Bunny)
Mickey and the Beanstalk in Fun and Fancy Free (1947). Walt Disney, producer
Woody, the Giant Killer (1947). Dick Lundy, director (Woody Woodpecker)
Let's Stalk Spinach (1951). Seymour Kneitel, director. (Popeye)
Jack and the Beanstalk (1952). Jean Yarbrough, director. (Abbott and Costello)
Jack and the Beanstalk (1955). Lotte Reiniger, director. UK. (shadow puppets)
Beanstalk Bunny (1955). Chuck Jones, director. (Bugs Bunny)
Tweety and the Beanstalk (1957). Friz Freleng, director. (Tweety)
USA Title: Jack and the Beanstalk. (1967). Gisaburo Sugii, director. Japan. (Japanese Anime)
Shelley Duvall's Faerie Tale Theatre: Jack and the Beanstalk (1983) (TV).
The 10th Kingdom (2000) (TV). David Carson and Herbert Wise, directors.
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story (2001), directed by Brian Henson.

Other Media:
In the Magic School Bus TV episode "Gets Planted", the class put on a school production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Phoebe starring as the beanstalk after Ms. Frizzle turned her into a bean plant.

Spyro: Year of The Dragon ( E rated game) "Jack and the Beanstalk" on the level "Charmed Ridge".
In the Crash Tag Team Racing ( E-10+ rated game), a track is named " Track and the Beanstalk ".
An episode of The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, cartoon titled "Mario and the Beanstalk".

Stephen Sondheim's musical Into the Woods features Jack along with several other fairy-tale characters. In the second half of the musical, the Giant's Wife climbs down the stalk to exact revenge for her husband's death, furious at Jack's betrayal of her hospitality. She is eventually killed as well.


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