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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985)

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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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1 March 1985 (USA)  »

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$849,915 (USA)
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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 »

Goofs

Dirt and seams visible on the rear projection screen during the scenes in the deck of the airship after they enter the comet. See more »

Quotes

Huck Finn: [after the Mysterious Stranger wipes out an entire village of clay people] You murdered 'em!
The Mysterious Stranger: [face slowly turns into a skull] Never mind them. People are of no value. We could make more sometime... if we need them.
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Written by Billy Scream and Paul Jamison
Performed by Craig Carothers and the Billy Scream Band
Lyrics by Susan Shadburne
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One of the hidden gems of claymation
6 August 2007 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

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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