Lewis Barnavelt, after losing his parents, is sent to Michigan to live with his uncle Jonathan. He discovers his uncle is a warlock, and enters a world of magic and sorcery. But this power is not limited to good people: Lewis learns of Isaac Izard, an evil wizard who constructed a magical clock with black magic, as long as it exists it will keep ticking, counting down to doomsday. He died before he could finish the clock, but he hid the clock in his house, where Uncle Jonathan now lives. Now Lewis and Jonathan must find the clock before it finishes its countdown and ends the world.
The organ and piano sounds were provided by a fully restored Wurlitzer Organ. It had been previously used in such films as Empire of the Sun (1987), Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), The Sound of Music (1965), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959), The Abyss (1989) and Die Hard (1988). The Wurlitzer Opus 1967 pipe organ had not been used in at least 25 years when composer Nathan Barr purchased and restored it at his studio. The instrument was originally designed to accompany screenings in the silent film era, and consists of 1,363 pipes--some as small as 1½ inches, others as tall as 16 feet--simulating the sounds of instruments including piano, strings, trumpet, tuba, saxophone, glockenspiel, celesta, cathedral chimes and chromatic sleigh bells. It is featured in a bonus video on the Blu-ray disk. See more »
Both Lewis and his mother use the word "anyways". This incorrect, distorted pronunciation of the word "anyway" did not become widely popular until recent decades. See more »
Dear Lewis: Enclosed, please find one bus ticket and two silver dollars for your trip to Michigan. I'm really sorry about the loss of your parents. Your mom was my sister, so that makes you family. And I'll do my best to make you feel right at home. As Einstein said, life is like a bicycle. To stay balanced, you got to keep moving forward. And so will we. I look forward to meeting you. Your Uncle Jonathan. PS Sorry for the stain on the letter. That's chocolate.
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The Amblin Entertainment logo is the 80s version. See more »
Theatrical versions of the movie are longer by 10 seconds, with a bumper for Universal Parks and Resorts placed before the Amblin Partners logo. this is removed from home video releases however, instead cutting directly to the Amblin Partners logo after the credits. See more »
It's obvious that the main audience target are children but the movie has enough elements to keep adults watch the movie till the end. Some mild horror-like elements appear trough the film, but nothing too scary. Mostly you'll enjoy the fantasy and comedy elements. The story is kind of interesting but lacks some more depth in the main parts and character side story's. Connections between characters are never really expressed and constructed trough the film. Characters have a comedic appearance with a great acting parts from Owen Vaccaro and Cate Blanchett. Overall, a watchable fantasy comedy movie for a quite evening.
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