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The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985) Poster

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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).
The first full-length feature in clay animation.
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The segments based on "The Diary of Adam and Eve" had been released earlier as a separate short to procure investors for the final feature film.
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The films composer, Billy Scream, has said that he added lyrics to the Adam & Eve love theme, and played the song at his wedding.
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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.
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A live-action, black-and-white version of the movie was shot and used as reference by the animators.
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The movie was completed in 1984 but wasn't widely distributed until 1986, to coincide with the passing of Halley's Comet.
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The composer created as many as ten different scores for some scenes and let the director choose the version he felt was best.
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The film was in production for three-and-a-half years.
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A computerized motion-controlled camera system had to be created to accommodate the elaborate camera movements.
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Some of the sets had to be split up into smaller sections and reinforced with extra plywood to hold the quarter-ton of clay that was being built up on the table-tops.
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Some shots were animated more than once to ensure the filmmakers got the proper performance from the characters.
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