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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)
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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
William Browder ...
Rusher of Din - Office Executive
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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 »

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Ralph: "Ok,ok. I'm scared; it's official."
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Life Is But A Dream
Written by Maureen McDonald, Tom Ferguson & Michael McDonald
Performed by Maureen McDonald
Produced by Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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A lost classic animated movie.
15 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I first saw this on the Disney Channel back several years ago. And just fell in love with this movie.

Twice Upon a Time takes place in 3 different worlds. Frivoli the home of Sweet Dreams, Murkworks the production of nightmares, and Rushers of Din(mainly the real world we live in). We're called Rushers because we don't have time to remind us what we need to do and what we need to get. While the dream worlds have all the time they need. They explain so in the movie.

The 2 dream lands compete over the Rushers' slumber during nighttime. Greensleeves, an eccentric old Leprechaun is in charge of delivering good dreams with the help of his little works Figs(Figmen of Imagination). While Synonamess Botch the short-tempered and mischievous owner of Murkworks Nightmare Factory, sends out his vultures that drop Nightmare Bombs on the snoozing Rushers. And they also capture and imprisoned the Figs at Murkworks. Greensleeves sends an S.O.S. that Murkworks is holding his helpers. But he was captured and held prisoner at Murkworks.

Meanwhile in Frivoli, 2 would-be heroes: Ralph(the multi-changing animal)and Mum(a sound o fix talking prankster) try to fit in the society but were exiled to Garbage duty because they didn't include "La La's" during their working shift. Flora Fauna(a flower actress) is worried about her Uncle, Greensleeves. She accidentally got in with the other garbage and met Ralph and Mum. Flora received a letter from her uncle and now knows that he's in trouble. Mum and Ralph find this to be the opportunity to become heroes.

Meanwhile Botch has an idea in tricking them to stop "THE Cosmic Clock" and releasing the Magic Mainspring. Which ultimately stopped time, and gives Botch the advantage to place Nightmare Bombs everywhere in Rin. And once the Magic Mainspring returns to the clock then Rin will become a city of nightmares. It's up to Ralph and Mum to prove themselves as the heroes.

Twice Upon a Time is a really great animated movie. Very unappreciated too, due to the fact that it didn't receive any potential when it first came out in limited theater release. From what I read on the internet and what not. The cool thing about is, the unique animation and special effects making it very fascinating to watch. And features THE Lorenzo Music as the voice of Ralph. It's also distributed by LucasFilms and produced by George Lucas himself. I only seen the family version of this movie. And it may be awhile for me to see the original version. Mature or Family Safe, doesn't matter which one I've seen, it's still a wonderful movie.

And a real shame that it's hard to find and rarely heard of now and days. It deserves a decent DVD release. The G rated version that I've seen is perfectly fine. Just has one drinking scene, non-exposing nudity, and plenty of gun fire. But trust me any kid will enjoy this movie.


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