The Adventures of Mark Twain (Collector's Edition) [Blu-ray]
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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 keeper...you 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 Street...it's contemplative, thoughtful and BEAUTIFULLY done...enjoy...
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.
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!
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.Read more ›
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