Saturday, January 3, 2009

The Adventures Of Mark Twain

The Adventures Of Mark TwainTuesday January 6, 2009 at 7:30pm in the gallery.

I'm trying to start a weekly film series. Right now it is pretty much unofficial but I'm going to try getting it sanctioned. Until then we'll keep it informal, but hopefully at least a couple of people will come. This first week I'll be projecting a crazy movie most people have probably never seen. I've only seen pieces of it. The Adventures of Mark Twain.

From IMDB:
Based on elements from the stories of Mark Twain, this feature-length Claymation fantasy follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer, Becky Thatcher, and Huck Finn as they stowaway aboard the interplanetary balloon of Mark Twain. Twain, disgusted with the Human Race, is intent upon finding Halley's Comet and crashing into it, achieving his "destiny." It's up to Tom, Becky, and Huck to convince him hat his judgment is wrong, and that he still has much to offer humanity that might make a difference.

Amazingly for those who haven't seen it, this unknown animated masterpiece regularly makes it into the shortest short-list of best films of those who have - and i don't mean list of animated movies, but movies in general.

Incomparable to anything else - much like Twain himself - it's every aspect is just amazing. It will feast your eyes, fill your heart (with a both joy, sorrow, warmth and eeriness), boggle your brain, and make your jaw hurt. And you'll still have to find time to enjoy acting (yes, the - acting - of the clay figures here is just amazing) and clever solutions. For example, Mysterious Stranger is the best visualization of the Devil I've ever seen on film.

Some have pointed out that it is not necessarily a kids movie. I'd rather say not AT ALL a kids movie.

1 comment:

arch stanton said...

i saw this on TV when i was a kid. it was shown on a saturday afternoon. i remember thinking that i would like to see more movies like it. i think it was on pbs. anyway, good choice.