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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)
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)


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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Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drömmarnas land  »

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Synonamess Botch is a play on the name of the 16th century artist, Hieronymus Bosch. See more »


Flora: Uncle Greenie, is it really you?
Greensleeves: Basically it is, yeah.
Flora: You're short and bent!
Greensleeves: I'm short and bent.
Flora: What happened to my Uncle Greenie, the handsome dashing hero?
Greensleeves: He got short and bent. But he's glad to see you nonetheless... come here darling, let me give you a kiss you sweet love!
[sound of kissing]
Rod Rescueman: [enviously] *I* should get short and bent!
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Crazy Credits

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


Heartbreak Town
Written by Bruce Hornsby & John Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Produced by Bruce Hornsby, 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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