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Twice Upon a Time is an animated movie directed by John Korty and Charles Swenson and released in 1983. However,the studio that was distributing,Ladd films, was about to go bankrupt at that point and had a choice of either putting Twice Upon a Time into limited release or worldwide release. They also had the same problem with The Right Stuff. Since Twice Upon a Time was animated, it was put into limited release and failed at the box-office. The Right Stuff also sufferdd the same fate when it was premiered worldwide and caused Ladd films to die out. Still today, it is accepted by movie fans and kids alike with it's witty humor and chatchy dialouge. This was also the first animated film George Lucas produced. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Right Stuff is both a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, and a 1983 film adapted from the book. ... The Right Stuff is both a 1979 book by Tom Wolfe, and a 1983 film adapted from the book. ... George Walton Lucas, Jr. ...

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Cast

  • Paul Frees - Narrator
  • Lorenzo Music - Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal
  • Julie Payne - Flora Fauna
  • James Cranna - Rod Rescueman, Scuzzbopper, Frivoli Foreman
  • Hamilton Camp - Greensleeves
  • Marshall Efron - Synonamess Botch
  • Judith Kahan Kampmann - The Fairy Godmother

Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ... Lorenzo Music, (May 2, 1937–August 4, 2001) was an American actor, voice actor, writer, television producer and musician. ... Hamilton Camp (October 30, 1934 - October 2, 2005) was a British/American singer, songwriter, and actor. ...

Plot

Twice Upon A Time is an action-adventure-fantasy-comedy about two oddballs who are so eager to be heroes that they do something very wrong in trying to do something right. One of the two would-be heroes is Ralph, the all-purpose animal. He's a nice guy -- a friendly dog-like animal who wears glasses, and has the special (yet unmastered) ability to transform into any creature he wishes to be. Mum, Ralph's prankster sidekick, is a trim fellow in a black suit who speaks in special effects and loves mischief and magic and a good time. Their relationship is the opposite of human and dogs: Mum is happy-go-lucky, Ralph is a worrier. Together they are a funny, lovable dupes who have recently been exiled from Frivoli, Home of Sweet Dreams.


Frivoli bakes sweet dreams, The Murkworks hammers out nightmares, and the harried people who receive these two very different kinds of dreams are called the Rushers of Din (you and me in the "real world".)


An eccentric old Leprechaun, Greensleeves (affectionately known as "Greenie") is in charge of delivering sweet dreams to the sleeping Rushers of Din with his helpers, the Figs (Figmen of Imagination). But the paunchy and raunchy Synonamess Botch, maniacal ruler of the Murkworks Nightmare Factory wants to foil Greenie's efforts and increase his own production of nightmares.


Botch cons the innocent Ralph and Mum into freezing time in Din by releasing the Magic Mainspring from the Cosmic Clock telling them that it's the humane thing to do. The naive "heroes" soon find out that stopping time was a big mistake. Their Fairy Godmother twinkles in to spell it out in her Bronx accent that they have been tricked. Ralph and Mum must now find the Spring before Botch's menacing vulture minions can drop thousands and thousands of Nightmare Bombs on Din, preparing for world-wide misery when Botch starts time again.


Ralph and Mumford join forces with Flora Fauna, a true flower and aspiring movie star, who is the heroes' heart throb, as well as Greensleeves' niece, and Rod Rescueman, a recent graduate (D-average) from Superhero School.


Together they defeat Botch and his henchmen: Ibor, the half-gorilla, half-robot who responds to Botch's commands with old, cliched television clips, and Ratatooie, Botch's pet rat/armadillo who has a voracious appetite for garbage and an inscrutable passion for bowling bowls. Scuzzbopper, Botch's Head Screamwriter, turns coat to help the heroes. Eventually, Ralph and Mum become true heroes and restore cosmic balance.


Alternate Versions

Their where so many different versions of this movie due to the fact that the producers could only hire improvisation comedians.


In one version, where Greensleves is not kidnapped by Botch's vultures, Ralph and Mumford stop by at a bar, before seeing the Fairy Godmother, and meet Greensleves. He tells the boys to get that spring, after they tell him the released the spring. Later, after the spring escapes the vultures, he meets Greeenie and tries to get him to put him back in the cosmic clock. At this point, the vultures swoop in and kidnap the spring and Greensleves.


There was at least two versions of the movie: one with adult language and one with PG-related language. John Korty first off didn't want to stick with the original dialouge of the original script, but Marshall Efron thought his lines where perfect and went all out raunchy/paunchy with his character. Some lines where selected by Bill Couturine. John Korty was unaware of this until opening night was very angery about how Marshall Efron's lines were deleived fromed the script.


Years later, Twice upon a Time was shown by HBO. However, the version that HBO received and showed was the version that Bill Couturie liked. John Korty found out and immediately called up HBO telling than that if that version was aired once more on HBO that he would sue them for all that they were worth. So, HBO dropped the film after only three showings. Bill Couturié is a film director, best known for the Academy Award-winning documentary Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, which he wrote, produced, and directed. ...


Two months later, Showtime acquired the film, but the version they got was a John Korty approved version. Interestingly enough, this version had the complete scene of "Out on My Own" as well as the final reel of the film being the 'uncut' version


It wasn't until 1991 that the film was finally released to videocassette and laserdisc (but not letterboxed or CAV or with the alternate audio available on an additional track).


Apparently John Korty won the battle as the version released is very cleaned-up and a bit shorter in certain scenes. The basic story is there, but with the original scenes and dialouge altered, this version is incomplete in it's final presentation.


The Uncut Version

As mentioned, Twice Upon A Time was originally released in a very limited release that featured more adult dialogue. Many fans of the movie who first saw Twice on cable, thought either the slightly-edited HBO or Showtime versions -- they could say that they have seen it on the big screen, at a limited special run at an "arts" movie theatre back in 1986.


But here, based on both what they saw in the theatres and on cable, are the CUT SCENES/DIALOUGE that were removed from Twice -- results from the fallout when Korty and Couturie's professional relationship deteriorated.


First off, It should probably be noted that the only actor called in to change his dialouge was Marshall Efron (Synomess Botch). There are a few scenes that were cut out as well.


In the opening monologue where Botch is pep-talking the minions, the voice-over originally was very raunchy and was to anger them.


The next change occurs in the bathroom scene. In the version you've probably seen, Botch is taking a bath and Ibor rolls up to give him a report. All the dialouge that WAS there is now replaced by Botch 'singing' in the tub. In the adult version, he find something in his bellybutton and eats it.


Also in the uncut version: Some dialouge removed during the scene where Botch is watching Ralph and Mumford .


Some moments removed were Botch is ranting about Scuzzy's novel.


The next scene that shows a significant difference is when Ralph and Mumford have released the spring and are chasing it through the frozen Din to the tune of Maureen McDonald singing "Out on my Own". For some reason, a good portion where the chase and song plays has been exorcized. The scene went into another where Botch is watching the proceedings on Ibor's screen. Ralph comes into shot (obviously talking to himself) and mutters: "Gee, I hope Mr. Botch won't be pissed." To which Botch replies: "Pissed?! BOY, am I pissed!" Ibor then flashes a shot on his screen from some 50's show where a man says: "Well, gosh, they were cute." We then see a wide shot of a bowling alley where Rattatooie is rolling up on the ball return (being knocked silly by hitting the other bowling balls). Botch mutters back at Ibor: "'Cute'? They make me sick. Botch doesn't seem to notice that it's Ratty as he picks him up and bowls him towards his make-shift pins. As he bowls, Botch continues talking saying: "It's time to,... Strike!"


Also there are a few dialouge changes that occur when Botch tells his minions the spring is loose and peps them up to find it.


Originally, after Botch gets the spring, Ibor shows Fonzie going 'Hey!' The 'altered' version changed the dialouge and lost the point of having Fonzie make his classic line. The only reason why is that Korty wanted to avoid a possible lawsuit.


The film remains the same up the scene where Scuzzbopper finishes his novel. Botch tosses it out the window and Scuzzy walks, dejectedly, back downstairs. The original didn't fade to black as he goes down the stairs, this has been done to cover up the voice-over of Botch muttering the word: "Asshole" towards Scuzzy.


The next (and last) changed, or in this case, completely CUT scene is where Ralph and the heroes have infiltrated the castle and finally make it to Botch's room (in the skull). The scene goes as shot up until Scuzzy rolls a bowling ball to Ratty. As Ratty chases after it, Botch exclaims "Oh, shit!" and runs into a secret panel followed by Ralph and Mumford. Scuzzy runs after them, trying to stop them. He calls out: "Don't go in there alone!", but it is too late and the secret panel has closed with them inside. Scuzzy looks at the camera and exclaims: "Oh, no!"


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