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The Adventures of Mark Twain (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray] (1985)

James Whitmore , Will Vinton  |  G |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Whitmore
  • Directors: Will Vinton
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009DA72DG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,474 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn and Becky Thatcher stow away with Mark Twain on his magical airship and take an incredible journey through time in search of Halley's Comet! Along the way they encounter a variety of Twain's storybook characters from The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Mysterious Stranger, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven.

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Animation that should have broad appeal March 16, 2006
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Although The Adventures of Mark Twain is a Claymation extravaganza, it shouldn't be thought of as just kids' fare--in fact, much of the subject matter is not only intelligent on an adult level but also a bit dark. The premise is that three youngsters--Tom, Huck and Becky from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer--stow away on a fantastic lighter-than-air craft piloted by Mark Twain, who was born during a year when Halley's Comet visited our atmosphere and is trying to join up with it during one of its return visits. As he puts it, the Lord noted that those two freaks of nature came in together, and they should go out together. Along the way, the kids start to question the outcome of the trip and plot to hijack the ship. They also encounter several of Twain's short stories that are dramatized as subplots, a couple of which end up revealing crucial aspects of Twain's own character. The Clamation effects are a knockout, highly imaginative, and the plot has more substance than you might think on first approaching it. You might want to view it with your youngest children, since there are some potentially frightening considerations of mortality. Overall, however, most viewers should find it highly entertaining.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SOOO Awesome!!! January 15, 2007
I can hardly believe that I've finally found this on DVD! I could not be more pleased. I've looked and looked over the years to no avail and suddenly PRESTO! BANGO! There it is. I used to watch this with my boys when they were very young. They did not understand the symbolism or humor then but were attracted by the incredible claymation. It's neat to see them watch it again years later and sudenly the lights go on and there is something deeper to appreciate.

I can't/won't speak to the narrow minds that kept Huckleberry Finn off so many library shelves for such a long time but we all understand that Mark Twain did not necessarily write for an audience of children. This genius of an American writer gave us things to think about and consider...uncomfortable issues for the time and gauging from some of the more emotional responses/reviews, still difficult for a few today but I challenge that truly GREAT art does that.

If you are a fan of Mark Twain and don't mind entertainment that encourages exploration of the human spirit, our ideals, aspirations, disappointments, patterns of life and the conclusion of that then I HIGHLY recommend this gem. It's definitely a know, one of those special works that you keep in the closet even after you can recite the dialog and have given away all the other older movies you've grown tired of. It is wonderfully representative of Twain so if you are not enamored of his work you may not "get" this.

I saw some reviews that found the movie choppy but I never thought this was the case. It's a film that requires your full attention but it's so entertaining that you will want to watch again and again. Over time you will pick up on things that you may have missed the first few times around and have one of those OHHHH now I get it moments....This is not Sesame's contemplative, thoughtful and BEAUTIFULLY done...enjoy...

S.Politte, Texas
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Strange January 15, 2006
Claymation animator Will Vinton's first -- and to date, only -- full-length feature is based on Mark Twain's lesser-known writings, including "Tom Sawyer Abroad" and "The Mysterious Stranger." (It also owes a substantial debt to Justin Kaplan's critical biography "Mr. Clemons and Mark Twain.") The storyline is episodic and incoherent, but individual scenes -- especially the "Mysterious Stranger" sequence -- are as good as animation gets.

Vinton's "Adventures of Mark Twain" is probably too strange for most audiences, and its nightmarish imagery is not suitable for young children. Twain buffs, however, will be delighted.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Family Film Ever Made! March 15, 2006
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I remember this movie from when I was a child. With the advent of DVD I scrambled to get every movie that I recalled fondly, only to be let down. Everything that I found to be great when I was 10, I found terrible now that I am 30.

When I heard of the release of the Adventures of Mark Twain on DVD I was hesitant. I wondered if it would be as great as I remembered it.

Thankfully, it was and better than I remember.

The Adam and Eve sequence rings funnier now at 30 than when I was 10. The animation itself is enough to blow you away, but the fact that it is still a very entertaining movie, story-wise, after all these years says a lot about this film.

Great for kids and parents.

I highly reccomend this movie!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great example of art and literature come together September 5, 2002
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This movie is extermemly funny and thought provoking. The claymation was ground breaking in the field and a pleasure to watch. That the script writers thought to explore the thin veil existing between a writers characters and the writer is ingenius. Then, to explore Mark Twains classic stories and build a fictional story around the interaction of Mark Twains life with the stories and characters...another shot of genius.
Top it all off with thought provoking satire in true Mark Twain style and you have a movie worthy of a place in your library.
Mark Twain would have loved it!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures of Mark Twain DVD March 11, 2006
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First off, I own a copy of this movie on VHS and there's just no comparison between the two (VHS and DVD). The colors are vibrant and crisp, and the sound is near perfect! Not to mention (but I will), the DVD is in wide-screen format, which is a nice feature as well.

As for the film itself, this is "old-school" Claymation. I would say 99% of what is mis-en-scene is actually clay. It must have taken years to complete this project! In comparison to stop-animation features, such as the Wallace and Gromit series or Nightmare Before Christmas, the animation is not quite as "glossy" or perfect, but that is what gives this film it's charm.

Overall, the film does a fine job at presenting some of Mark Twain's more popular stories. The primary story-line, however, focuses on Mark Twain's attempt to meet up with Halley's Comet, through the use of a unique flying contraption (basically, it's a blimp). Mark Twain's literary subjects Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher are introduced to us as stowaways on Twain's vessel, and thus begins the film's introduction of additional, lessor known stories. One of which, "The Diaries of Adam and Eve", is woven throughout most of the film. It's a great and poignant look at relations between men and women. My only complaint is the screeching/scratchy sounding voice of the actress who played Eve. Holy cow! What were they thinking?!?! It's really annoying and I found myself wanting to clear my throat every 30 seconds. Sorry...had to mention that.

For me personally, I really enjoy the scene involving "The Mysterious Stranger". Extremely well done!

Overall, this is a classic film! However, I fear that most people who watch this film expecting the typical "happy, fun for all ages" movie, might be a bit disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Loved this movie as kid. Bought it for my kids and it's fantastic!
Published 10 days ago by Jamie Olson
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE TWAIN
I LOVE this show. I'm so glad they have it on DVD. It's is TIMELESS as far as I'm concerned and a Joy for adults and kids alike.
Published 3 months ago by H. Curry
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird
This movie is an acid trip. I new it was supposed to be a kids Claymation deal, but when I watched it, it reminded me of tripping shrooms.
Published 4 months ago by Trent Ray
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic with cast interviews, music, and other footage
One of my childhood favorites, a small team of animators take you through a journey through their interpretation of Samuel Clemens and some of his stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Razor
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
Great film, super price, excellent delivery.

While not often seen this little Claymation film puts together the best parts of old Sam & makes them not just potable but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by CR Dunning
5.0 out of 5 stars The first and only Claymation feature.
This is fantastic. The film looks just as good as ever, and the behind the scenes really added a lot of value to it. I liked the insightful interviews as well. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Prammer
5.0 out of 5 stars I chose out of the appreciation of claymation and loved it for Twain.
This movie will not hold the attention of present-day kids of any age unless they have an interest in Mark Twain literature, ART, and the history of the evolution of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Arby
5.0 out of 5 stars Philosophical clay?!
This is a work of genius. Many of the lines are straight from Twain's pen. Explores the dark and the light in his thinking, and some of it is really dark: this isn't for kiddos. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Rev. Dummy Gladhands
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughts on film + MGM DVD review
This film is so morbid and strange for a kids movie, yet its entertaining in a way. It stumbles upon Marks other adult oriented works, and adds this weird devils game or something,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by RMX74
1.0 out of 5 stars Should NOT be rated "G"!
Picked this to watch with my four year old. Definitely not the Mark Twain I remember. Probably a good movie, but should not be rated G. Read more
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