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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

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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)
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Greensleeves (voice)
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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

Bud Cort was originally cast as Ralph the All-Purpose Animal and apparently recorded some dialogue for the film. See more »

Quotes

Greensleeves: Happy as rats they are. They tap dance not, neither do they fart.
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Crazy Credits

The title comes on only after all the other opening credits (and the prologue) have finished. See more »


Soundtracks

Life Is But A Dream
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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One of the most unique animated movies I've seen, and very underrated
20 August 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Animation I shall always have a soft-spot for, and while Twice Upon a Time is not one of the best animated movies I've seen, it is still great especially for how unique it is. The animation has a style that I have never seen before in an animated film but it is an interesting one. It is colourful and the character features especially Botch's mouth are just as impressive. The nightmarish scenes are incredibly haunting, the accidental nightmare sequence is a definite standout, in fact of any animated film I've seen recently it was this scene that really stood out as uniquely fascinating and hugely impactful. Some of the pop tunes are on the dated side, but are still very catchy. The incidental score is one of Twice Upon a Time's greatest assets, very beautiful and addicting, there are some crazy aspects as well that fit very well. The script is witty and funny, the humour is quite racy for the time but very effective still, while the story is exciting, the characters are interesting the voice acting from particularly Lorenzo Music and Marshall Efron is top-notch. All in all, unique and great animated movie, sadly also it is underrated. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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