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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

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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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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Drömmarnas land  »

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Trivia

David Fincher was only 17 when he did the film's visual effects. He's responsible for some of the opening shots of the Murkworks. See more »

Quotes

[Discovering Rod Rescueman has rescued Flora Fauna]
Botch: How did this happen? Where were you, watching reruns again? I don't wanna hear excuses! She'll be back; The Murkworks is in her blood, her sap, her plasma, or whatever she has!
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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 »

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References Safety Last! (1923) See more »

Soundtracks

Out On My Own
Written by Maureen McDonald, Tom Ferguson & David Moordigian
Performed by Maureen McDonald
Produced by Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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"...It was a time of desperate need for heroes. Any kind of heroes."
5 October 1998 | by (San Francisco, CA (USA)) – See all my reviews

Ralph and Mumford, misfits in their own land, get duped into being unwitting pawns of Synanomess Botch. Twice Upon a Time is the story of them, the characters they meet, and their struggle to set things right. With a surprisingly impressive soundtrack and wonderful voice acting by some of the best in the business, this offbeat movie hits the mark.

The animation process, while similar to that of the cut out "South Park" style, is much smoother and far more three-dimensional. If I didn't know that the animation was this style, I would swear that is was traditional pen and ink. If you can watch this film in Dolby Surround or THX, PLEASE DO! You won't really miss anything if you don't, but if you do, you will get much more out of the experience!


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