Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.
Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares.
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I’ll spare you the larger, extended version of my rant and simply say that unless you have kids you’re probably unaware that Sesame Street sucks now. It’s not even the same show.
The list of things wrong with today’s incarnation is long, but I’ll just quickly address the aspect I miss most from the version I grew up with...
In its original form, Sesame Street was a great menagerie of sketchs showcasing different styles of filmmaking. It was a variety show that felt like a big gallery of short movies. The majority of those shorts were animated pieces whose aesthetics were vastly disparate. It exposed children to many different visual approaches. It was wonderful.
Twice Upon A Time is reflective…
When you were first getting into films did you watch a lot of foreign ones without subtitles? Maybe on account of the fact that the world that existed before digital media, affordable access, and online shopping left you happy to have any Fellini or Kurosawa, even if it meant guessing at the plot through dialogue which had been poorly dubbed in French? I did.
Its a visual medium, and the true masters get what they need across without words, even if there are a lot of them. In the past few years, I started watching subtitled operas - and I have to say, knowing what they were singing? Having opened that pandora's box, I still can't listen to Carmen.
Weirdly scattershot plotting, all laconic rambling dialogue (improvised, I hear!) meshed with hyperactive animation and pacing, but (and this is a big but) it may be the most formally deranged kids (?) fantasy movie I’ve ever seen, full of gags ripping equally from Lloydian slapstick and the cinematic avant-garde. How the hell did this even get made?!? Lorenzo Music forever!
If you can get through a brutal opening three minutes, and an out of place, profanity-laced introduction to villain Synonamess Botch, and just skip past the musical interludes with the godawful 80's songs, then there's a ton to like about this animated feature.
The animation itself is a bright, watercolored cutout style that uses a bit of live action and a fair amount of animated still photos. The end result reminded me of Terry Gilliam's animations, Yellow Submarine, and the messy cartoons that populated Sesame Street in the early 80's, all at the same time.
The film has an irreverent sense of humor, like a slightly more adult version of Fractured Fairy Tales. Again, I thought the more overt attempts…
This film is fun and absolutely beautiful. I can’t believe something like this is so obscure. If you can somehow find this film. Watch it. You won’t regret it.
A beautiful masterpiece of effects, animation, music, and creativity, too bad it got a small release and got ruined by a dirty version making it to the wrong theatres, watch this film right now, my friend has it on Google Drive drive.google.com/file/d/1HaiV4nRqpWp3E1tljLW2ZZfwzfCBpNQ3/view?usp=drivesdk
I will freely admit that I had never heard about this film before a recent episode of Filmspotting, where Andrew Stanton listed it as one of his favorite traditionally animated movies (it was done with plastic cut-outs on a light table). The movie had a troubled release, with several different versions existing at one time, so I can't say for sure whether I saw the optimal version or not - I just saw the one I was able to get hold of. But I know for certain that while I enjoyed Twice Upon a Time, I don't quite share Stanton's unbridled enthusiasm for it.
The story is fairly nonsensical stuff, and the movie's selling points are mainly its style and…
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THIS! THIS is what we should be doing with feature animation, not all this MINIONS and UGLYDOLLS-y bullshit for the kiddies! This is on the same level of ambition as SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE! While I can barely make out a story here, I actually don't give a shit as not only does the movie go by at a pace that is to my liking, but also because this is more of a movie that you would watch for its groundbreaking visual style! Not to mention, the way it blends both animation and live-action is probably the best I've seen in a motion picture, even more so than in THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE!
why am i surprised george lucas was connected to this
what an amazing movie! the technique used makes everything look very dreamlike, which is very difficult to accomplish even in animation. i loved the dialogue, the jokes, the personalities of the characters, the villain is not obnoxious and the all-purpose animal really reminded me of george lucas (maybe i just had him in mind because he’s the producer idk). i thought the score didn’t always match the scenes and what was going on, but otherwise i think this is a masterpiece and i hope i have kids so that when they are around 11 or 12 i get to show this to them!
Possibly the strangest thing George Lucas was ever involved with - and I’m glad for it, cause I have no clue how this would’ve been made otherwise.
A film I’ve heard about for the longest time, but never actually saw till today. One of the most uniquely designed animated films I’ve ever seen, with a dazzling mixture of paper-cut, collage and live action. Korty and Swenson go for broke on the visual style, and it’s truly something special (with some early work from Henry Selick and David Fincher).
The characters are amazing, too - incredible character designs, unique voice actors (including Paul Frees, Julie Payne, Hamilton Camp, Marshall Efron and a rare non-Garfield lead for Lorenzo Music) and truly funny…
i remember when this was the 100th film i reviewed on here. 8-9 months, a new identity, and 234 more films later and this is still a fantastic movie
Watched the theatrical version. Love the animation; the cut paper aesthetic looks so pretty for being released in 1983. The story is very insane, the humor is hilarious (though not for those who don’t like deadpan), and characters are unique in their own right. Do believe the middle drags a little bit, but that is my only complaint. Still a very underrated animated film.
It’s a cool classic film. I watch the original more than the PG version cool cut out animation the middle of the movie is very of it’s time and boring but I feel you can have a good time.
More interesting to look at than to watch at time, but overall has some great jokes, puns, and twists on folklore.
Uma curiosidade tirada dos porões da produtora de George Lucas, “Twice Upon a Time” é uma mistura de animação, fotografia real e experimentos químicos que empregou talentos como os futuros diretores David Fincher e Henry Selick em sua equipe técnica.Sem muita criatividade narrativa, a historia é requentada da boa e velha fórmula da “jornada do herói”, prato preferido de Lucas após estudar Joseph Campbell depois do primeiro “Guerra nas Estrelas”.
Nesse mundo, há uma personagem encarregada de distribuir sonhos e outra que nos distribui pesadelos durante a noite, e a que vive no submundo dos pesadelos quer o monopólio de seu serviço. O diretor John Korty (que depois dirigiu um dos filmes de televisão dos Ewoks) apresenta seus heróis e…
For some reason this films rose unbidden from my memory - it's been nearly 40 years since I saw it - and 2 days later I was looking at a Warner Archive sale and there it was. So I thought it was kismet.
And thankfully it still holds up. It's a delightful style of animation, Lorenzo Music voices Ralph the All Purpose Animal and a cute little story.
Things learned this time - a 17 year old David Fincher worked on this movie. Also Henry Selick.
Another one I haven’t seen since I was a kid. Let’s see how it holds up
It’s so beautiful dude. How did they even make this. I think I read somewhere a lot of it was adlibbed?
I always wonder if Ralph the all purpose animal who looks and sounds and has a similar personality and has many of the same powers as Jake the dog, inspired Penn Ward. Botch and his vultures are a little like the ice king and his penguins too.
Also Ralph’s voice is the same guy who did Garfield. So it doesn’t drive you nuts trying to remember where you heard it.
Soundtrack is painfully 80s but delightful.
The funniest, most gorgeous animated film you've never heard of. We were lucky to have an on-line screening with George Evelyn (who also teaches at CCA) and several of the animators.
John Korty's technique of back-lit cut-out animation is a delight for the eye. Whippersnapper camera guy David Fincher's effects photography is fantastic, especially the ink in the cloud tank work.
Pixar fans should appreciate the fantastic and beautiful art direction by Harley Jessup, and sharp-eyed SF improv fans may spot a dreaming William Hall (of I Fratelli Bologna) as one of the Rushers of Din.
I show the Rod Rescueman audition scene every semester. Because it's just so terrific.
The voice cast, all skilled improvisers, were given lots of…
This came out on my birthday so I am biased.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Filmed in a unique style of cut-out animation called Lumage, this movie tells a fairy tale about the people known as Rushers who live in the city of Din and how they receive their dreams. Pleasant dreams come from Frivoli and nightmares come from the Murkworks. The evil Synonamess Botch wants to subject the Rushers to nonstop nightmares so he has his vulture henchmen abduct Frivoli’s Greensleeves and Figmen of imagination.
A pair of Frivoli misfits, Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal and Mumford, team up with Greensleeves’ niece Flora and attempt a heroic rescue. A Fairy Godmother and the macho but dim Rod Rescueman are also involved. And Botch’s sidekick Scuzzbopper (I love this name) eventually switches sides to help out…
the unexpurgated version of this was never aired in theaters and only appeared once on television, which my dad happened to tape, and that VHS tape ended up being one of my favorite childhood movies until it disappeared one day, possibly stolen by one of my shitty friends. thankfully it finally got rereleased in it's original cut on DVD. synonamess botch is the best cartoon villain of all time
It's amazing that in a movie that uses so much cut out animation, one of the biggest action set pieces is a bunch of office supplies attacking the protagonists in a nightmare. It feels sort of meta and fun, but fits into the strange, eclectic tone and style of the movie. I feel like I've never seen a movie that feels or looks like this one. Everywhere you look, there's a new little tidbit or oddity to latch onto.
The live action footage is kinda eerie and contrasts with the animation; The bad guy has a Nixon '68 tattoo on his stomach and rooms dedicated to things like stretched out cats and the underside of theater seats; arguably the main…
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