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Twice Upon a Time (1983)

Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.

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John Korty (story), Bill Couturié (story) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lorenzo Music Lorenzo Music ... Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal (voice)
Judith Kahan Judith Kahan ... The Fairy Godmother (voice) (as Judith Kahan Kampmann)
Marshall Efron ... Synonamess Botch (voice)
James Cranna James Cranna ... Rod Rescueman / Scuzzbopper / Frivoli Foreman / Rusher of Din - Street Preacher
Julie Payne Julie Payne ... Flora Fauna (voice)
Hamilton Camp ... Greensleeves (voice)
Paul Frees ... Narrator / Chef of State / Judges / Bailiff (voice)
Gillian Gould Gillian Gould ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Geraldine Green Geraldine Green ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Larry Green Larry Green ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
William Hall William Hall ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
David Korty David Korty ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Elma Barry Robertson Elma Barry Robertson ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
Clyde E. Robertson Clyde E. Robertson ... Rusher of Din - Sleeper
T.G. Sheppard T.G. Sheppard ... Rusher of Din - Office Executive (as William Browder)
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Storyline

Once upon a time, there were some people called the Rushers of Din. Each night as they slept, sweet dreams were delivered to them from sunny Frivoli, while nightmares came to them from the mysterious Murkworks. But the malevolent master of the Murk, Synonamess Botch, was not content. He wanted the Rushers to have non-stop nightmares. To do that, he would need to gain control of the Cosmic Clock. To accomplish this, he kidnaps the deliverers of the dreams, Greensleeves and the Figmen of Imagination, and then tricks Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal and his pal Mumford into stealing the mainspring from the Cosmic Clock. Realizing they've been tricked, Ralph and Mumford try to get the spring back and prevent Botch from unleashing his nightmare bombs. Along the way, they get help from their Fairy Godmother, Greensleeves' niece Flora Fauna, the junior varsity superhero Rod Rescueman, and Botch's own head nightmare writer, Scuzzbopper. Written by John Bode <bode@galileo.tracor.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Drömmarnas land See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Korty Films, Lucasfilm See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Brian Narelle (supervising animator and sequence director) played "Lieutenant Doolittle" in "Dark Star" (1974) See more »

Quotes

Ralph: "Ok,ok. I'm scared; it's official."
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Crazy Credits

The end credits feature black and white pictures of the voice actors with the character they voiced next to them except for the character named "Mumford", who never spoke throughout the movie. Hence it says Mum as "Himself" See more »

Alternate Versions

There are two major versions of the film. In very limited theatrical release and on HBO in 1984-5, the film featured profanity in a few scenes (Botch's opening monologue to his minions, Botch's dialogue while he's in his bathtub, Botch ordering his minions out to get the spring, Botch's ecstatic response when Rudy returns with the spring, and finally Scuzzbopper muttering "Asshole." when Botch dumps his manuscript out the window). The version released on VHS, Laserdisc, and seen on Cartoon Network uses alternate, 'clean' dialogue during these sequences and is missing two brief scenes lasting about 30 seconds in total: -During the "Out on My Own" scene, where Ralph and Mum chase after the spring, it cuts back to Botch at the Murkworks watching the proceedings on television while bowling. He picks up Ratatooie (thinking he's a bowling ball) and scores a strike. -When Mum, Ralph, and Scuzzbopper make it to Botch's control room, right after Scuzzbopper throws the bowling ball, there's a few extra seconds where Botch flees behind a walled panel and Ralph and Mum follow. See more »

Connections

Features Them! (1954) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartbreak Town
Written by Bruce Hornsby & John Hornsby
Performed by Bruce Hornsby
Produced by Bruce Hornsby, Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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Best live action animation film ever and hilarious!
7 November 2002 | by mike_kricfalusiSee all my reviews

Very little known about this gem, is the fact that It was a Lucasfilm production (yes, George Lucas) as he was perfecting his craft in this type of film (mixing animation and live action).

Not to mention, the plot and screenwriting in this film are excellent and the voice casting could not have been better. This is a stand alone funny film that will give you cramps from laughing so hard.

I worked in a Video store for 5 years and recommended this to 100's of people and was always thanked on the return.


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