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The House that Jack Built

The House that Jack Built

| 8 min

The NFB's 25th Oscar®-nominated film.

A humorous animation film about a fellow who builds his house in the best suburb he can afford. He has a picture bride, a picture window and a garden as pretty as a picture, but he wanted something special and, like Jack and the Beanstalk, he finally got it! What he got is a moral for all.

  • director
    Ron Tunis
  • animation
    Ron Tunis
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
    Jim MacKay
  • script
    Don Arioli
  • camera
    Claude Lapierre
  • sound
    Donald Douglas
    F. Whitman Trecartin
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • voice
    Don Arioli
    Les Nirenberg
    Ben Lennick
  • music
    Donald Douglas
  • drawings
    Don Arioli


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Ages 12 to 17

Health/Personal Development - Body Image
Social Studies - Contemporary Issues
Social Studies - Economics

How is this film a parody? Discuss the criteria for parody and identify any other known examples. Create a class parody using another fable or fairy tale. What characteristics of human beings are being exposed? Why could the film be considered a cautionary tale? What does Jack climbing the beanstalk really represent?

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