Rugrats Tales From the Crib: Three Jacks & a Beanstalk
On DVD Now Best For Kids (6-9)
This latest addition to the Rugrats series of fractured fairy tales is so clever, young viewers--and their parents--will likely roll with appreciative laughter. They'll nod knowingly at the way their favorite characters are seamlessly incorporated into the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, and won't be surprised that the evil giant turns out to be none other than big bully Angelica. They'll also be relieved that, despite the many challenges and the friends' differences, everyone does live happily ever after.
This movie is intended for older children.
Because this is a feature-length movie and not a TV episode, it may be too long for very young viewers to sit through. Three- and four-year-olds, who are not as familiar with the real tale of Jack and the Beanstalk, probably won't be able to understand many of the references or much of the humor. They'll take the story literally and may find it disturbing when giant Angelica threatens to make "dumb baby hash" out of the babies and eat them. Older preschoolers will find it funny that every time someone calls "Jack," all three Jacks (the one of Beanstalk fame, Sprat, and Jill's partner) come running. Of course, they'll also be enamored with the excessive potty humor, including the babies' claim that "beans won't fill us up. They'll just give us gas," and their confession that they "kinda like gas. It sounds like firecrackers."
Kids will be intrigued by the movie's epic, operalike style, especially the songs with lyrics like, "Our crowded bed is never cold, my diaper's changed, I'm not chafed." Don't be surprised if they start repeating the babies' sayings, including "We better make like a tree and leaf"; "we better make like a banana and split"; and "we better make like a drum and beat it." Because of the characters' irreverent attitude, even older kids should find much to enjoy in this twisted tale. They'll agree with the practical advice given to an unsuccessful comedian: all you have to do to make babies laugh is say "poopie" or "giant armpit." They'll also understand Aunt Moo's message to "kill them with kindness" and may begin to realize you really do catch more bees with honey.