Twice Upon a Time (1983)

PG  |   |  Animation, Action, Adventure  |  5 August 1983 (USA)
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Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Music ...
Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal (voice)
Judith Kahan ...
The Fairy Godmother (voice) (as Judith Kahan Kampmann)
Synonamess Botch (voice)
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
William Browder ...
Rusher of Din - Office Executive


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 <>

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Did You Know?


At a recent Q&A at BAM Cinematek, John Korty revealed why there was a version of the film with strong language. The film was always intended to be appropriate for young children, and Korty's final cut was almost identical to the 1991 home video release. After answer prints had been made based off his final cut, Korty went to New York to begin pre-production on another project while test screenings of "Twice Upon a Time" were taking place in California. Bill Couturié, one of the film's producers and co-writers, noted that college-aged audience members frequently walked out during the first ten minutes. After nearly the entire audience at a screening at USC walked out, Couturié reassembled most of the voice actors to record more profane versions of the film's dialogue in the hopes that it would keep teens and adults interested enough to watch the film to completion. John Korty was kept completely out of the loop on these changes and didn't find out until he was watching the film at its premier. Korty was furious, even more so when he found out release prints were made using this more profane version. Theater owners didn't know these changes had been made either, and one of the few theaters in the country to show the film ran it on a double bill with the G-rated The Secret of NIMH (1982). When outraged parents notified theater management, Twice was pulled from further showings. See more »


Fairy Godmother: Call me F.G.M. I hate excess verbiage.
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Crazy Credits

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


Out On My Own
Written by Maureen McDonald, Tom Ferguson & David Moordigian
Performed by Maureen McDonald
Executive Producer Michael McDonald
Produced by Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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Easier To See Than Explain!
4 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I kind of liked this animated film, at least the first time. On the second viewing, this George Lucas-produced movie was too slow for me. Why I found that, I can't remember (it's been awhile) but on my first look I remember the uniqueness of this movie.

It is different from the rest simply because it gives you a combination of animation and black- and-white stills. It goes back and forth and sometimes on the same scene. The visuals aren't the only strange aspects. You also get a dash of zaniness in this comedy. You just don't know what crazy thing you are going to see next. There are so many unexplainable scenes that it's one of these films is better seen than explained!

I traded the VHS, along with others, for DVDs when they first came out. Now, I wish I could see this again......on DVD.

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