The Strange, 1974 Japanese Animated Adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk

For some reason, I was thinking about old movies that I used to watch as a kid. I remembered this really odd version of Jack and the Beanstalk, and was wondering if I might be able to find some reference to it online.

What I remember was a really trippy version, with dubbed voices and a really spaced-out princess who lived in a castle. I searched for the terms jack and the beanstalk japanese, and several related images popped up.

My jaw dropped when I saw this guy:


It’s him! From the movie! And then, I found that the entire thing is posted up on YouTube!

It’s a really long movie, clocking in at an hour and a half. I jumped around a lot, and the more I saw… the more I remembered. The talking dog, the evil witch/mother, the princess, the princess-looking mouse, the other mouse who was old and had a sword.

I have lots of memories watching this film, but not really liking it much. I think my sister really liked it, and it was something she would always put on when it was her turn to choose what to watch.

I remember it being unpleasant to watch as a kid, and that same feeling exists now that I’m watching it again, all these many years later.

In the related videos section, I came across this review of the movie… which had me in stitches.

Nice to know that it wasn’t just me who remembers watching this very strange cartoon, growing up. I remember this being on a VHS tape, and it was something we taped from somewhere else. Meaning – it was on a blank VHS tape with a bunch of other cartoons I think.

I was convinced it was something that just our family had, having gotten it from maybe friends overseas or something? But apparently this was more common than I thought. What a strange thing to remember, on a Tuesday night. And how delightful, to find that others have this burned into their brains, from so long ago.

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