Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
This Time...It's No Fairy Tale.
Jack Robinson is a wealthy business man with no time for anything but work. However, a family curse is looming over him - no man in the Robinson line ever lives past the age of thirty. With his upcoming birthday appears the remains of literally giant skeleton and a mysterious woman who claims to have once known the giant. Jack decides to go with her to another world where all is revealed to him along with the story of his ancestor, the original Jack and the Beanstalk. In order to save his own life and the world of the giants, Jack must right the wrongs of the past and return the magical harp and goose that lays the golden eggs to their rightful home.
I was really hoping a take on this story done by Brian Henson would be good. I'm also usually a sucker for cheesy fantasy miniseries. Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story, however, proved to be a rather boring exercise that was seriously lacking in both fantasy and heart.
The problem is the main thrust of the story just isn't that interesting. It's a real shame, because the concept of turning the Jack and the Beanstalk story on its head seems pretty fun. This could have been something on the level of the Henson Storyteller series, but they put so little emphasis on the fairytale aspects and instead focus on a love story and human drama that has no depth.…