Bizarre and Beautiful:The strangest animated films ever made.
Twice Upon A Time (link to great article)
Director:John Korty and Charles Swenson
Producer: Bill Couturié and George Lucas
Country of Origin- United States of America
In the words of the film itself, this is what Twice Upon a Time is about.
“Once Upon a time…there were some people called the Rushers of Din. Every night as they slept, sweet dreams were delivered to them from sunny Frivoli, and nightmares came to them from the mysterious Murkworks. But the villain of the dark castle was not content.He wanted the Rushers to have nonstop nightmares,and for that he needed control of the Cosmic Clock.It was a time of desperate need for heroes-any kind of heroes." The hero’s in question are Ralph the All-purpose animal and Mum his silent Charlie Chaplin-like colleague. Other memorable charcters include but are not limited to Rod Rescueman (hero in training), Ibor the video gorilla and Scuzzbopper…a writer.
Its good to start into this movie with the knowledge that all the voice actors are improvisational comedians and there are at least two different versions of the same movie known to have existed. Because of this the movie has moments that appear and disappear and different versions of it have been shown at different times The adult version (which included swearing) was seen on HBO briefly in the 80’s and the kid friendly version a few times on Cartoon Network in the 90’s.To this day there has never been a dvd release of Twice Upon a Time and the restored version (complete with swearing) I own was a fan-made bootleg created in the same vein as the Thief and the Cobbler Re-cobbled.
All This sordid history aside the movie itself more then deserves its cult following. Twice Upon a Time is absolutely goregous to look at and employs a form of animation using paper/fabric cut outs dubbed “Lumage” Lumage involves moving semi-transparent characters around on a light board and because of this the film attains a soft inner glow. Each world has its own color palette, and all the scenes in which the characters interact with the “real” photographic collage world of Din is something I don’t think could ever be duplicated.This movie is just…cool. The way it looks, the way it moves, the characters and story. Even it’s completely 80’s musical interludes just feel right. If George Lucas ever helped get an actual legit release of this made I could almost forgive him for the prequels….almost
If you would like to help get the movie released there is currently a petition to Warner bros. here.
Haven’t watched this movie in a long time but man, I can’t stop thinking about it tonight.