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The Adventures of Mark Twain

Movie poster
Directed by Will Vinton
Produced by Will Vinton
Written by Mark Twain
Susan Shadburne
Starring James Whitmore
Gary Krug
Chris Ritchie
Carol Edelman
John Morrison
Will Vinton
Gary Thompson
Music by Billy Scream
Editing by Kelley Baker
Michael Gall
Ed Geis
Skeets McGrew
Will Vinton
Studio Will Vinton Studios
Distributed by Theatrical:
Clubhouse Pictures
DVD:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) March 1985
Running time 86 minutes
Country USA
Language English

The Adventures of Mark Twain, released in the UK as Comet Quest, is a 1985 stop motion animated film directed by Will Vinton (best known for "The California Raisins" animation). It received a wider theatrical release, still limited to seven major cities, in January 1986. It was released on DVD in January 2006. The film features a series of vignettes extracted from several of Mark Twain's works, built around a plot that features Twain's attempts to keep his "appointment" with Halley's Comet. The concept was inspired by a famous quote by the author:

"I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year (1910), and I expect to go out with it. It will be the greatest disappointment of my life if I don't go out with Halley's Comet. The Almighty has said, no doubt: 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.'" (It is worth noting that Twain died one day after Halley's Comet appeared in 1910.)

Included are sketches taken from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Mysterious Stranger, "The Damned Human Race", "Injun Joe" (briefly), "The Diary of Adam and Eve (Letters from the Earth)", "Captain Stormfield's Visit to Heaven" and a rendering of Twain's first story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County".

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