Jack lives on a farm with his mother and his dog, Crosby. A miracle seller convinces Jack to buy some magic beans: miracles are true, he tells the young boy; you may never meet again with the opportunity to experience one. The next morning, a mouse in medieval maiden’s garb is going to lead Jack and Crosby up a giant beanstalk, where they discover a kingdom in the clouds. Here they meet the young Princess Margaret, who was enchanted by the witch Hecuba to see the monstrous ogre Tulip as a charming prince. Hecuba had turned all the courtiers into mice, and now is planning to marry Princess Margaret to her son, Tulip, so she can become the mistress of the cloud kingdom.
The film is sprinkled with songs performed by the protagonists, well woven into the plot. Crosby the dog is a hero, and his song where he praises heroism, courage and doing what’s right is one of the memorable moments of the film. Jack is greedy, lazy and selfish, but the journey on the bean stalk will change him, and in the end he will learn the difference between right and wrong. The film is a little-known pearl of the anime genre – a charming plea for courage, altruism and, last but not least, for believing in miracles.
- Original title: Jakku to Mame no Ki
- Original language: Japanese
- Genre: Fantasy
- Release year: 1974
- Public: Adults, teenagers, children