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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 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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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

Automated feminine voicetrack: Welcome to the Garbagerie. Please follow the happy feet.
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The first half of the end credits features a collage of pictures of crew-members. See more »


Soundtracks

Champagne Time
Written by George Cates (uncredited)
Performed by Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Rainwood Records & The Welk Music Group
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They tapdance not, neither do they fart.

I have grown up with this movie. I was a pre-teen when I first saw it, and I've watched it every year or so since then, and I get something different out of it each time. One of this film's strengths (and maybe one reason why it wasn't a success) is that it targets a huge cross-section of people...there is some relatively vulgar humour (I have never heard the G dialogue so I don't know how much of the humour that removed...hopefully Botch still eats the insect in his navel!), references to parts of our culture, social commentary (the Rushers of Din would LIKE to be friendly, but their just isn't any TIME), a heroic and exciting story, some disturbing nightmarish imagery, some cute stuff for the kids, lots of self-aware humour, and -- in my opinion the biggest asset -- it's damn weird. Especially the dialogue. The voice actors are phenomenal, and they occasionally mutter their lines, which adds to the strangeness of the whole project. It's great, years later, to finally decipher one of those lines!

Technically, it's amazing. The work that went into this film...I always find myself fascinated by Botch's mouth -- his rapidly moving mouth is a series of mouth photographs brilliantly matched and synced with his dialogue -- and everything just looks GOOD. And unique, in that curious tissue-paper animation style.

This is the only film I can think of that I can show to anybody, at any age. Little kids have heard worse language than what comes out of Botch's (brilliant) mouth, and so has my grandmother.

The only downside, maybe, are the dated pop songs. Bruce Hornsby (who, in my opinion, sounded bad in 1983 as well)! That said, the orchestral score is catchy, crazy, and beautiful at times, so it's not all bad.

In fact, it's all very, very good, overall.


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