The WEIRDEST Jack and the Beanstalk

Everyone knows the fairy tale, but this is as creepy crazy you can go with such a simple story.

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131 comments

  1. “Hey everyone, listen! The dog from Jack and the Beanstalk… IS SINGING!!!”

  2. WHAT? WHAT? WHAT? What was that? I never remembered watched that.

  3. I remember watching this back when I was three… I was a warped kid.

  4. Is it just me or is the “Are you Happy?” song sound a whole lot like Jesus Christ Superstar’s “Pilate and Christ” ??? Like it sounds totally similar if not just a rip off.

    • Oh it totally does. I literally logged in here to post about that. https://youtu.be/mhru3GXbkHY?t=35 for reference btw. Also, the princess theme may or may not be loosely based on “I Don’t Know How to Love Him”.

      Of course, now I’m worried that I’ll never be able to separate the two.
      “Who…is…this broken man…
      Cluttering up my hallway?
      ARE YOU HAPPY?!!”

  5. Never saw this as a kid, but I did watch many weird video store rentals. I recall seeing a live action Pinocchio starring PeeWee Herman (Paul Rubens).

  6. When you showed the DVD on Amazon, I had to go online to believe it. That is hysterical that it will cost you $300 to see what is at best a decently weird movie.

  7. Oh my god, that’s Billie Lou Watt as Jack. She played Kimba, damn it! What is she doing in this?

  8. jesus no wonder Jack Horner became such a psychopath. (hope to god someone has read fables by Bill Willingham and knows what i’m talking about)

  9. lilith_ascennding

    I’m not the only one who thinks Hecaba looks like The Other Mother from Coraline, right? But damn, now I really want to watch this movie. It looks trippy as hell.

  10. God, I miss the 70s…

  11. Thankfully, I wasn’t one of the kids who saw this as a kid. Instead, I saw the live-action Abbot and Costello version. Which, now that I think about it,was probably nearly as bizarre with its tonal shifts and WTF moments. It all seemed more coherent than this looks, though.
    Although, credit where it’s due, that wedding scene looks brilliantly deranged. I’d be interested in seeing just that scene in it’s entirety. I love a good bit of crazy animation.

  12. This seems more like a review than an editorial.

  13. >Japan
    >Poor English Dub

    Oh, well there was your two problems right there. But even if it was subtitled, the craziness of this video wouldn’t change too much.

  14. Well this was a fun one to watch on my birthday. I chalk the weirdness up to the drugs that people were on in the 70’s. But this still looks cool.

  15. This is the first I’m hearing about this, but I think I love it.

  16. I need to show this movie to my friends!

  17. He finally watched it. I was waiting for him to see this.

  18. Minion of Yahtzee

    Never thought I’d see something even more batshit crazy from 70’s Japan then Starfish Hitler but there you go. So the witch in this movie is basically what would happen if Kyubey and Jafar did the fusion dance, got it.

  19. That mouse princess looks pretty similar in style to some other mice I could mention. Like, say, Disney ones, hot on the ripoff train only 24 years later! Pre-80s anime, you never fail.

    Oh, well, at least she’s cute.

  20. No thanks… I’ll take the Disney version any day… or rather, the NEWER Disney version…

  21. Weirder 1970’s telling of Jack and the Beanstalk: this, or the one featured in some prints of Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny?

  22. RoboticJesterJosh

    I’ve never watched this as a kid. But what was off-putting about it was that Jack’s english voice actor is the same as Christopher Peeper’s english voice actor from the 1980’s Superbook anime. I had quite a few VHS’s of that series and enjoyed watching it as a kid, so hearing that voice hit a weird spot of familiarity…..making it all the more uncomfortable.

  23. Here’s the entry for this film on Anime News Network. http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=3257

  24. Wow, the people who made this film took *all* the drugs, didn’t they?

  25. So…Yanderes existed way before they were even a thing. Fucking creepy!

  26. …Was this an editorial? It seemed like a full review

  27. This was essentially an actual review. And it, as well as last week’s, just reminded me how much I miss the old Nostalgia Critic style of sitting down in front of a camera with no skits. I know the sketch filled style is popular with some people, but it really is nice just to have that classic feel again. Almost nostalgic one might say….

  28. I never heard of this one before, but I remember as a kid you would sometimes see kids stuff from the late 60s and early 70s run on syndicated TV and there was just such a weird drug-induced vibe from animation of that era.

    But also: Can we stop hyperventilating over stuff like a boy innocently kissing a teenage girl to break a magic spell in a fairy tale?

  29. The Real Silverstar

    Cocaine is a hard drug.

  30. WOW I completely forgot about this. I just had an acid trip-like flashback of her laying paper people in pews.

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