I just happened upon this DVD being returned to the library, and decided to snag it before anyone else could check it out. What a delightful surprise--this retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk from the Jim Henson Creature Shop was made for TV in 2001. The special effects are right up to par and the acting and story blend in this twisted take on an old tale. It gives some balanced perspective, which is certainly a trend lately, with telling the other side of the story, as well as continuing so that we get to know what happens after the ending of the original tale.
Here's a snippet from the end of the show so you can get an idea of some of the special effects, etc:
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story -- worth checking out for all fairy tale fans!