The Adventures of Mark Twain (1985 film)

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The Adventures of Mark Twain
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Theatrical poster
Directed by Will Vinton
Produced by Will Vinton
Written by Mark Twain
Susan Shadburne
Starring James Whitmore
Gary Krug
Chris Ritchie
Carol Edelman
John Morrison
Will Vinton
Gary Thompson
Dallas McKennon
Music by Billy Scream
Edited by Kelley Baker
Michael Gall
Ed Geis
Skeets McGrew
Will Vinton
Production
company
Will Vinton Productions
Harbour Town Films
Distributed by Clubhouse Pictures
Release dates March 1, 1985 (1985-03-01)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Adventures of Mark Twain, released in the UK as Comet Quest, is a 1985 American stop motion animated fantasy film directed by Will Vinton. It received a wider theatrical release, still limited to seven major cities, in May 1985. It was released on DVD in January 2006. The film features a series of vignettes extracted from several of Mark Twain's works, built around a plot that features Twain's attempts to keep his "appointment" with Halley's Comet. Twain and three children, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher, travel on an airship between various adventures.

The concept was inspired by a famous quote by the author:

"I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'"[1]

Twain died April 21, 1910, one day after Halley's Comet reached perihelion in 1910.[2]

Included are sketches taken from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Mysterious Stranger, "The Diaries of Adam and Eve (Letters from the Earth)", "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" and a rendering of Twain's first story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". References are made to his other works, including "The Damned Human Race". This animated film was shot in Portland, Oregon.

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  1. ^ Albert Bigelow Paine. "Mark Twain, a Biography, Chapter 282 "Personal Memoranda"". Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  2. ^ Albert Bigelow Paine. "Mark Twain, a Biography, Chapter 293 "The Return to the Invisible"". Retrieved August 23, 2012. 

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