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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  1 March 1985 (USA)
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Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mark Twain (voice)
Michele Mariana ...
Becky Thatcher / The Mysterious Stranger / Girl In Crowd (voice)
Gary Krug ...
Huck Finn (voice)
Chris Ritchie ...
Tom Sawyer (voice)
John Morrison ...
Adam (voice)
Carol Edelman ...
Eve (voice)
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Jim Smiley (voice) (as Dallas McKennon)
Herb Smith ...
The Stranger (voice)
Marley Stone ...
Aunt Polly (voice)
Wilbur Vincent ...
The Mysterious Stranger (voice)
Wally Newman ...
Captain Stormfield (voice)
Tim Conner ...
Three-Headed Alien (voice)
Todd Tolces ...
Saint Peter (voice)
Billy Scream ...
The Indexivator / Animals (voice)
Bob Griggs ...
First Heckler (voice)
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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>

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Where dreams become reality.


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Trivia

When they are ejecting ballast from the airship to catch the comet, one of the items thrown overboard is a Paige typesetter, of which Mark Twain comments, "Worst damn investment I ever made." In reality, Mark Twain did invest - and lost - a lot of money on an automatic typesetter. See more »

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Wires holding the asteroids that attack the airship as it nears the comet. See more »

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Mark Twain: The man with an idea is a fool, until the idea succeeds.
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These people are not exaggerating
17 December 2004 | by (Amsterdam) – See all my reviews

Amazingly for those who haven't seen it (and usually neither heard of it), this unknown animated masterpiece regularly makes it into the shortest short-list of best films of those who have - and i don't mean list of animated movies, but movies in general. Uncomparable to anything else - much like Twain himself - it's every aspect is just amazing. It will feast your eyes (as much as any claymation can), fill your heart (with a both joy, sorrow, warmth and eeriness), boggle your brain, and make your jaw hurt. And you'll still have to find time to enjoy acting (yes, _acting_ of the clay figures here is just amazing) and clever solutions. For example, Mysterious Stranger is the best visualization of Devil(?) i ever saw in film.

Some have pointed out that it is "not necessarily a kids movie"; Not AT ALL a kids movie, i'd rather say.

Nobody forgets seeing it, and as soon as one remembers it later, one starts to look for it. Alas, it is extremely hard to find - at least i never succeeded. I saw it only twice, on TV, no less than 10 and 14 years ago, and my filmometer jumps high every time i think about it.

Find it. See it. Enjoy the ride. Copy it. Copy it again, for your grandchildren, and save the copy somewhere safe till they grow up.


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