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Peter H. Hunt
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Based on elements from the stories of Mark Twain, this feature-length Claymation fantasy follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn as they stowaway aboard the interplanetary balloon of Mark Twain. Twain, disgusted with the human race, is intent upon finding Halley's Comet and crashing into it, achieving his "destiny." It's up to Tom, Becky, and Huck to convince him that his judgment is wrong and that he still has much to offer humanity that might make a difference. Their efforts aren't just charitable; if they fail, they will share Twain's fate. Along the way, they use a magical time portal to get a detailed overview of the Twain philosophy, observing the "historical" events that inspired his works. Written by
Doug Ferrar <DAFerrar@ix.netcom.com>
This film was one of my favourites as a child, and has remained so for many and various reasons. The Claymation in the film is second-to-none, with objects and characters continually reshaping themselves in a most psychedelic fashion. The story is fantastic, and weaves together several of Mark Twain's lesser known tales using a fantastically depicted frame story of his most famous characters (Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer, and Becky Thatcher) stowing away on Twain's balloon in which he intends to meet Halley's comet, there in the year of his birth and the year of his death. (Quote: "There go those two unaccountable freaks, they came in together and they must go out together") This movie is not just visually superb, it brings its viewer through the story with all the emotions that a great movie should bring to its viewer. From joy in the touching antics of 'Our Ancestor Adam' from the 'Diary of Adam and Eve' section through some brilliantly evocative quotes spoken by the fantastically animated 'Twain' to the eerie and fearful intensity that comes when the central characters meet 'An Angel', this movie has true and unconventional value.
I would recommend this to everyone, but as I'd like it to remain one of cinema's rare hidden gems, don't watch it unless you're ready to be amazed...
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