The Adventures of Mark Twain: Where Dreams Become Reality

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    This animation provides a vibrant, claymation-style introduction to Mark Twain’s writings and beliefs. Old films with vivid color and complex texture benefit immensely from a high definition transcription, and The Adventures of Mark Twain comes roaring to life in this Blu-ray restoration. No one has seen it in its full grandeur since its 1984 debut, and this gorgeous version may even top the first time around.

    Although the term “Claymation” is now in popular usage denoting animation generated by the manipulation of clay figurines, it is really a copyrighted phrase coined by Will Vinton. His films, like The Adventures of Mark Twain, which won Oscars and Emmys, were the technical and aesthetic apex of their time. Each minute of screen time needed several hours of work, from the wonderfully realistic character faces to the elaborately adorned sets and flowing backdrops. While more modern artists, such as Britain’s Aardman Studios, have made strides in telling a compelling tale using clay figurines, none have matched the level of realism attained by Vinton.

    In the anthology The Adventures of Mark Twain, the author himself recounts his life and works to his most famous creations including Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and Becky Thatcher. The kids have hitchhiked on Twain’s airship, which he is guiding to a date with Halley’s Comet. The stories are linked by a narrative framework made up of of verbatim quotes from Mark Twain, who is arguably now better recognized for his witty and sarcastic comments than for his writings. “Classic novels are those people want to have read, but don’t want to read,” as said in one of the quotations.

    The movie opens with the first presentation of Mark Twain’s first published story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. The large bulk of Twain’s work has little to do with religion, yet of the four stories presented in this video, three are inspired by the Bible, or touch tangentially on religious subjects. In contrast to the lighthearted Diaries of Adam and Eve, we are introduced to the mysterious and sinister Mysterious Stranger. Satan is who the “stranger” claims to be. At last, we go with Captain Stormfield on his trip to the afterlife. Unaware of his religious skepticism, some viewers are shocked and unhappy to learn that Twain was not all about leaping frog competitions and whitewashing fences.

    The Adventures of Mark Twain had a profound effect on me since I had read all of Twain’s writings by the time I was in junior high, with the exception of the works that had been repressed, such Letters from the Earth, which did not see publication until long after Twain’s death. Like a visit with an old, old friend, the film was a bittersweet experience. Twain reflected the ups and downs of life in his writings. The final words written by Adam in his journal after Eve’s death are the following: “Wheresoever she was, there was Eden.” This dichotomy is well illustrated in the Diaries of Adam and Eve.

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