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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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Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 August 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twice Upon a Time See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Korty Films, Lucasfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the animation work was done at director John Korty's house. See more »

Quotes

Fairy Godmother: Oh, help! Damsel in distress currently on fire!
Rod Rescueman: Would you like to be rescued?
Fairy Godmother: [fire stop blazing] More than life itself!
[fire begins to blaze again]
Rod Rescueman: Let me just suck those flames up then!
[sucks flames into his mouth]
Fairy Godmother: My hero!
Rod Rescueman: Thank you!
[blows out flames all over the fairy godmother turning her black and crispy with the top of her wand eventually falling off]
Fairy Godmother: Oh, jeez! This is pain!
[...]
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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 »


Soundtracks

Life Is But A Dream
Written by Maureen McDonald, Tom Ferguson & Michael McDonald
Performed by Maureen McDonald
Executive Producer Michael McDonald
Produced by Ken Melville & Dawn Atkinson
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The "other" version...
12 January 1999 | by QUASI-5See all my reviews

Altogether one of the finest (and funniest) animated films ever to come out of Hollywood, Twice Upon A Time is a lovingly crafted valentine to dreamers of all kinds! Extremely witty writing makes it as enjoyable for grown-ups as it is for children. Especially effective is Marshall Efron's performance as the evil villain of the picture, Synonamess Botch! My only negative comment about the video is that they have edited his dialogue in order to change and/or eliminate many of his funniest (and rudest) comments. While this was certainly necessary so that children could watch it, I wish they could have released (or will release) an un-edited version. Luckily I taped the original when it aired on cable many years ago, so I still have it to watch, and it never fails to induce serious amounts of laughter when I do. Still, I cannot recommend the edited version highly enough!

This film deserves so much more recognition than it has gotten!


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