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Jack climbing up the beanstalk in a Sesame Street News Flash

The Jack and the Beanstalk pageant.

Kermit interviewing the Giant.

Lefty tries to sell Grover some candy beans.

The Sesame Street single of Jack and the Beanstalk.

The "Bert and the Beanstalk" story with Bert playing the role of Jack.

Jack and the Beanstalk is an fairy tale based upon the tale Jack the Giant-killer. First printed in 1807, Joseph Jacobs' 1890 version is the most commonly reprinted version today.

The story has been adapted and referenced for generations. William Shakespeare quoted the giant's "Fee! Fie! Foe! Fum!" in King Lear and Stephen Sondheim used Jack and his trips up the beanstalk as part of his Broadway musical Into the Woods. Mickey Mouse had an animated version in 1947's Fun and Fancy Free (narrated by Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy and Mortimer Snerd), and other cinematic interpretations include Bugs Bunny, Abbott and Costello, The Three Stooges and Gene Kelly.



  • Chicago wants to buy a book about vegtables from Hooper's Store, but when he can't purchase a copy of "Snow White and the Seven Potatoes" or "Little Red Rutabaga," he settles for a copy of Jack and the Beanstalk in episode 3196 of Sesame Street.
  • In the Mopatop's Shop episode "Mac and the Lollystalk," Mac the Giant would like some giant beans, but Mopatop only has small ones so Ginorman the gardener plants one to grow into a giant beanstalk.
  • In an animated spoof, Jack waters a lowercase "b" which grows into a "b-stalk." He climbs it and arrives to the Land of B. (First: Episode 0277)
  • The Dinosaurs comic book featured the story "Nana Ethyl's Dinosaur Tails: Baby and the Beanstalk," with the cast of the show playing all the roles.


  • Harry Belafonte voiced the Magician in the "Jack and the Beanstalk" episode of Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
  • Elliott Gould played the Giant in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode
  • Jean Stapleton played the Giantess in the Faerie Tale Theatre episode
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