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The Adventures of Mark Twain -- Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher stow away on Mark Twain's magical airship and take an incredible journey through time in search of Halley's Comet!
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Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher and Huck Finn join Mark Twain on his airship to meet Halley's Comet. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

James Whitmore ... 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)

Dal McKennon ... 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)
Coward Wholesale ... Second Heckler (voice)
Tom Gasek ... Man in Crowd / Homer / Calaveras Miner / Mud People (voice)
Sally Sopwith ... Woman in Crowd (voice)

Will Vinton ... Dan'l Webster (voice) (as Wilf Innton)
Andrew Edwards ... First Miner (voice)
Harvey Brown ... Second Miner (voice)

Craig Bartlett ... Calaveras Miner (voice)

Mark Gustafson ... Calaveras Miner (voice)
Bruce McKean ... Calaveras Miner (voice)
Billy Victor ... God (voice)
Compton Downs ... Injun Joe (voice)
Nell Suza ... Animals / Mud People (voice)
Tim Kahn ... Animals (voice)
Stashu Beencof ... Animals (voice)
Kim Tonner ... Mud People (voice)
Gary Thompson ... Baby Cain (voice)

Directed by
Will Vinton 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Shadburne 
Mark Twain  segments "The Jumping Frog of Calavaras County, " "The Diary of Adam and Eve, " "Captain Stormfield's Diary, " "The Mysterious Stranger"

Produced by
Susan Shadburne .... associate producer
Hugh Kennedy Tirrell .... associate producer
Will Vinton .... producer
 
Original Music by
Billy Scream 
 
Film Editing by
Kelley Baker 
Michael Gall 
Ed Geis 
Skeets McGrew 
Will Vinton 
 
Set Decoration by
Joan C. Gratz 
 
Production Management
David Altschul .... production supervisor
Andy Wiskes .... post-production supervisor
 
Art Department
Joan C. Gratz .... stage design
Don Merkt .... stage design
 
Sound Department
Kelley Baker .... sound effects editor
Kelley Baker .... sound recordist
Jan Baross .... sound editor
Paul Diener .... sound effects editor
Luther Greene .... foley artist
Luther Greene .... sound mixer
Will Harvey .... sound mixer
Gary McRobert .... sound recordist
Larry Oatfield .... foley mixer
Andy Wiskes .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Gary McRobert .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
George Lockwood .... special optical effects
Sam Longoria .... front projection designer/camera
Sam Longoria .... motion control designer/camera
Pat O'Neill .... special optical effects
Will Vinton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bruce McKean .... still photographer
 
Animation Department
Barry Bruce .... character designer
Barry Bruce .... lead animator
 
Editorial Department
Kelley Baker .... negative conforming
Bob Zurcher .... negative conforming
 
Music Department
Paul Diener .... music editor
Will Vinton .... music editor
 
Other crew
Douglas Aberle .... claymation artist
Craig Bartlett .... claymation artist
Arnold Biskar .... accountant
Peter Dekom .... legal consultant
Michael Duffield .... title designer: main titles
William Fiesterman .... claymation artist
Jim Fischer .... synthesizer effects
Tom Gasek .... claymation artist
Mark Gustafson .... claymation artist
Carol Hart .... production assistant
James McAllister .... claymation artist
Bruce McKean .... claymation artist
Don Merket .... claymation artist
Walter Murch .... creative consultant
Lise Romanoff .... sales agent
Billy Scream .... synthesizer effects
Leslie Sears .... assistant to director (as Leslie M. Sears)
Dennis Tbor .... title designer: main titles
Will Vinton .... claymation artist
Matt Wuerker .... claymation artist
Marilyn Zornado .... assistant to director
Marilyn Zornado .... title layout
Adam D. Wright .... distribution executive (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huck Finn" - USA (closing credits title)
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86 min
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Some television broadcasts of the film have omitted the "Mysterious Stranger" segment because it was considered likely to disturb some viewers (particularly children).See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Wires holding the asteroids that attack the airship as it nears the comet.See more »
Quotes:
Adam:[about his son, Cain] It's not a fish. It must either be an enigma, or some sort of bug. I never had a thing perplex me so. Perhaps I can take it apart to see what its arrangements are.See more »
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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Thoughtful, fun, and dark, 22 May 2002
Author: imlanglois

I must have seen The Adventures of Mark Twain for the first time over twelve years ago, and for over a decade it had haunted me... rarely, if ever, rebroadcast, I was left only with vague memory of what I remembered as one of the most vibrant pieces of visual art and storytelling that I was exposed to as a youth. I recently purchased it directly from the studio that released it, and got to return to it for the first time in a long time. Of course, when returning to childhood films, you always run the risk of being disappointed by the film being worse than you recall. Luckily, I was not disappointed at all. The story is of Mark Twain's characters Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher as they stow on board an airship created by Mark Twain himself. Through the course of their journey across the world to meet Haley's comet, we are invited to retellings of Twain stories and meet all sorts of different characters. The humour is intelligent and dry, but not over the heads of children.

Visually, this piece is stunning. There is something vivid and tactile about stop-motion animation that will always appeal to me more than any CGI creation. Will Vinton outdoes himself with this piece. From the grandeur of Twain's airship or the Garden of Eden, to the detail of Twain's parlour/billiard room and the simple, truthful human expressions that the animators manage to create on the characters' faces, the film is impressive from first to last.

What surprised me the most is how this film, which I remembered as a children's or family film, is in fact quite dark. It deals with aspects of life, death, evil, and human nature that one would never expect in a so-called "family" film. But while the outward darkness, and, at times, even morbidity of individual aspects may seem inappropriate for family viewing, it comes from the sane and grounded perspective that Twain himself seems to have been known for. Like in any good storytelling, the dark side of humanity is not spared from the viewer just because of the potentially youthful audiences.

By way of criticism, the film could definitely move at a faster pace. The humour, while clever and dry, as I said, could have been pushed farther. There were many times the film set us up for quite a punchline and then didn't deliver, instead settling for a consistent level of pleasant amusement. And I wish the episodic structure had been more fully taken advantage of, and had been extended into even more stories. But that may just be me wishing the movie was longer than 86 minutes. You can't have too much of a good thing.

I give the storytelling an 8 out of 10, and visuals a 10 of 10. Overall, a 9. There aren't too many of those, as far as I'm concerned.

And even if you didn't like this movie, you gotta admit, it's one of a kind.

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