animated movie The Adventures of Mark Twain © Will Vinton Productions / Harbour Towns
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The Adventures of Mark Twain

Mark Twain has his airship ready and anchored in St. Louis, preparing his final trip and adventure, a journey to intercept Hailey’s Comet and reunite with his late wife. Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Betty Thatcher stowaway onboard and, in-between enjoying their host’s stories, start to wonder about their chances of getting home, or whether this journey will also be their last adventure.

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Mark Twain, we know him as a famous literary writer know to create "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn", but also his life has an interesting connection with...
Created by: Will Vinton Productions, Harbour Towns
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Alternate Title: Comet Quest: The Adventures of Mark Twain (UK)
Featuring the voices of:
James Whitmore ... Mark Twain
Gary Krug ... Huck Finn
Chris Ritchie ... Tom Sawyer
Michele Mariana ... Becky Thatcher
Carol Edelman ... Eve
John Morrison ... Adam
Dal McKennon ... Jim Smiley
Wilbur Vincent ... The Mysterious Stranger
Marley Stone ... Aunt Polly
Wally Newman ... Captain Stormfield
Tim Conner ... Three Headed Alien
Directed by: Will Vinton
Produced by: Will Vinton
Musical Score by: Billy Scream
Writing Credits: Susan Shadburne and Mark Twain
Based on: See "Of Interest".

animated movie The Adventures of Mark Twain © Will Vinton Productions / Harbour TownsMark Twain (real name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was born in 1835, two weeks after Hailey’s Comet made it's passage near Earth. In 1909, he prophesied that the comet’s reappearance in the skies would coincide with his death: he wrote “I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. The Almighty has said no doubt, 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.' ” Halley’s Comet appeared in the skies again in 1910 April 20, he died the day after. This movie is based on this quotation, part of it appears in the opening credits.

Hailey’s Comet passes Earth every seventy-five years (give or take), the last time being in 1986 (when this film came out - strange that), the next time will be around 2061-2062.

The film has adaptations of various Twain’s short stories: most notably “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, “The Diary of Adam and Eve” and the unfinished “The Mysterious Stranger”. The film also borrows elements - i.e. the airship - from “Tom Sawyer Aboard”.

The first full-length feature done in “Claymation”.

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