Jack the Giant Killer
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Jack, a farm boy turned knight, must protect the beautiful princess Elaine from the schemes of the evil Black Prince Pendragon. Dreadful witches, wicked trolls and fearsome giants are at his command, and Pendragon plans to gain the throne of Cornwall by getting the King to abdicate the throne and allow him his daughter's hand in marriage. Will Jack be able to save the princess and stop the terrible Pendragon? It's adventure meets fantasy in this amazing world of magic, monsters - and even leprechauns!
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Jack The Giant Killer is a pretty neat little fairy tale that was released in 1962. Trying to capture the magic of the 1958 Harryhausen classic 'The 7th Voyage of Sinbad', Jack the Giant Killer is inferior in every way, but still most enjoyable to the child in all stop motion fans.
I owned two pervious editions of this film but I had heard rumors that this version released was the horrid version that was dubbed into a ersatz musical! I only wanted that version to have a laugh from time to time.
Unfortunately, it is not the case and even worse it is by far the worst looking of the three releases of the film. If you must own the film look for the good times version released in 1:33 as it is the closest to the proper aspect ratio, even though all releases have some cropping issues.
I saw Jack the Giant Killer in a theater as a child and I must say it haunted my memory for decades before I was able to see it again. The strange thing is the second time I saw the film it was at least 20 years after the theater viewing. It was playing on TV and it was the bizarre musical version?!! (which I knew nothing about at the time!)I was completely disappointed because the musical version is absolutely horrible.
It took me a number of years before I would see the original theatrical version and it was every bit as good as I remembered..ok maybe the stop motion looked better to me as a kid, but the film held up fairly well. The giants are obviously inspired by Ray Harryhausen's wonderful Cyclops from 7th Voyage, but all in all, it's a pretty good film for fantasy film fans from days gone by. It's pretty hard not to like a two headed giant! If you like Harryhausen films, you'll find this interesting.
The story was a mix of all sorts of themes but the stop-motion animation was adequately performed for the era (1962) and the story, while similar to many others, had our man Jack (a farmer's son), defeating a giant through treachery and deceit and winning the hand of the princess - apparently for just being alive.
Our evil wizard, aptly played by Torin Thatcher who had roles in many, many movies, was given ample opportunity to defeat Jack but just didn't take advantage of them all. Sadly, he changed himself into a dragon just on the outside chance he could defeat this untrained farm boy but, alas, farm boy won anyway.
I missed this when It came out as a kid, so was not the prime age to be thrilled by it (Sinbad I caught when only 8) but it's still nice to own a copy and see it when I like.