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Twice Upon a Time (1983) Poster

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The credits sequence features a photo of voice actor Lorenzo Music, who was notorious for not allowing pictures of himself to be seen.
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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.
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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.
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Took 3 1/2 years to complete.
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Bud Cort was originally cast as Ralph the All-Purpose Animal and apparently recorded some dialogue for the film.
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Synonamess Botch is a play on the name of the 16th century artist, Hieronymus Bosch.
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Much of the animation work was done at director John Korty's house.
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Henry Sellick, future director of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Coraline (2009) directed the sequence where Ralph and Mumford experience a nightmare.
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Synonamess Botch has "Nixon-Agnew '68" tattooed on his chest.
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Brian Narelle (supervising animator and sequence director) played "Lieutenant Doolittle" in "Dark Star" (1974)
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A storybook tie-in, apparently released before the film, shows some fairly major plot differences from the film's final cut. Greensleeves originally is captured much later in the story, and introduces Ralph and Mum to the FGM. Greensleeves then tries to get the spring back to the Cosmic Clock, but is captured by Rudy before he can do so. The ending was also slightly expanded; Ralph and Mum are told by Greensleeves that they must now become guardians of the Cosmic Clock.
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