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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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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
T.G. Sheppard ...
Rusher of Din - Office Executive (as William Browder)
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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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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 »

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 end credits feature black and white pictures of the voice actors with the character they voiced next to them except for the character named "Mumford", who never spoke throughout the movie. Hence it says Mum as "Himself" See more »


Soundtracks

Heartbreak Town
Written by Bruce Hornsby & John Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Produced by Bruce Hornsby, Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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12 January 1999 | by (St Petersburg, Florida) – See all my reviews

Altogether one of the finest (and funniest) animated films ever to come out of Hollywood, Twice Upon A Time is a lovingly crafted valentine to dreamers of all kinds! Extremely witty writing makes it as enjoyable for grown-ups as it is for children. Especially effective is Marshall Efron's performance as the evil villain of the picture, Synonamess Botch! My only negative comment about the video is that they have edited his dialogue in order to change and/or eliminate many of his funniest (and rudest) comments. While this was certainly necessary so that children could watch it, I wish they could have released (or will release) an un-edited version. Luckily I taped the original when it aired on cable many years ago, so I still have it to watch, and it never fails to induce serious amounts of laughter when I do. Still, I cannot recommend the edited version highly enough!

This film deserves so much more recognition than it has gotten!


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