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Twice Upon a Time (1983)

Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Music ...
Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal (voice)
Judith Kahan ...
The Fairy Godmother (voice) (as Judith Kahan Kampmann)
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James Cranna ...
Rod Rescueman / Scuzzbopper / Frivoli Foreman / Rusher of Din - Street Preacher
Julie Payne ...
Flora Fauna (voice)
Hamilton Camp ...
Greensleeves (voice)
Paul Frees ...
Narrator / Chef of State / Judges / Bailiff (voice)
Gillian Gould ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Geraldine Green ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Larry Green ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
William Hall ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
David Korty ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Elma Barry Robertson ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Clyde E. Robertson ...
Rusher of Din - Sleeper
T.G. Sheppard ...
Rusher of Din - Office Executive (as William Browder)
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Storyline

Once upon a time, there were some people called the Rushers of Din. Each night as they slept, sweet dreams were delivered to them from sunny Frivoli, while nightmares came to them from the mysterious Murkworks. But the malevolent master of the Murk, Synonamess Botch, was not content. He wanted the Rushers to have non-stop nightmares. To do that, he would need to gain control of the Cosmic Clock. To accomplish this, he kidnaps the deliverers of the dreams, Greensleeves and the Figmen of Imagination, and then tricks Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal and his pal Mumford into stealing the mainspring from the Cosmic Clock. Realizing they've been tricked, Ralph and Mumford try to get the spring back and prevent Botch from unleashing his nightmare bombs. Along the way, they get help from their Fairy Godmother, Greensleeves' niece Flora Fauna, the junior varsity superhero Rod Rescueman, and Botch's own head nightmare writer, Scuzzbopper. Written by John Bode <bode@galileo.tracor.com>

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5 August 1983 (USA)  »

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Drömmarnas land  »

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Trivia

Henry Sellick, future director of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Coraline (2009) directed the sequence where Ralph and Mumford experience a nightmare. See more »

Quotes

Ralph: [looking at pictures of Din] Hey, it looks real nice. Are they friendly at all?
Botch: Oh, they are! They love to be friendly except they rush around so much, they don't have the time to be friendly.
Ralph: The "what" don't they?
Botch: The TIME. They have clocks and watches on their wrists which tell them the time they don't have because they are always rushing. And they think they don't have...
Ralph: Wait, wait, I'm not get... What is "time"?
Botch: Two o'clock, four o'clock, five o'clock.
Ralph: Yes, but there's something that tells...
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Crazy Credits

The first half of the end credits features a collage of pictures of crew-members. See more »

Connections

References Safety Last! (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Twice Upon A Time
Written by Maureen McDonald, Tom Ferguson & Michael McDonald
Performed by Maureen McDonald
Executive Producer Michael McDonald
Produced by Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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An unheralded great animation from 1983.
19 September 1998 | by (Mobile, AL) – See all my reviews

One of the most unheralded great works of animation. Though it makes the most sophisticated use of the "cut-out" method of animation (a la "South Park"), the real talent behind "Twice Upon a Time" are the vocal characterizations, with Lorenzo Music's (Carlton from TV's "Rhoda") Woody Allen-ish Ralph-the-all-purpose-Animal being the centerpiece. The "accidental nightmare" sequence is doubtless one of the best pieces of animation ever filmed.


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