Jack and the Beanstalk (Manuscript)



A contemporary telling of the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” Jack faces some familiar and not-so-familiar enemies in his goal of defeating the giant, and passing his class in “Heroics.”

Dove Review

I really enjoyed reading this manuscript. It is a contemporary telling of the story of “Jack and the Beanstalk.” This contemporary story includes a computer voice and a video game. The story begins with a headmaster at a fairy tale classroom challenging Jack, who is majoring in “Heroics,” explaining that Jack is failing because he hasn’t done anything heroic all semester. This leads to the classic climbing up the beanstalk story, with some new twists along the way.

The story includes some humor such as a character, a goose, named Grayson, who-when referred to as a “turkey”-makes it clear he is a “goose.” A singing harp teases the giant, saying “Nah-na-na-na-na!” And when Jack’s mother refuses to allow the woodsmen to chop down the bean stalk, she clings to it and sings “We shall overcome”! The script is wholesome, with no language, just the near saying of the word “a..”, another word for butt. But only the beginning “a” is heard. The writers have written an entertaining script and, if this is filmed correctly, it could be an entertaining movie for the kids or for the entire family as well. It even imparts some wisdom, such as “A hero isn’t just about what you do, it’s who you are…” That’s a great line! This could be a great Avalon Family Entertainment film.We approve this manuscript and award the manuscript five Doves. We would love to review the film when it is made.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None. The near mention of "a--", but it is not said.
Violence: A giant keeps prisoners; some prisoners escape--nothing serious.
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A magic wand is used a couple of times.


Company: Avalon Family Film
Writer: Flip Kobler and Cindy Marcus
Genre: Adventure
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter