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The Adventures of Mark Twain

  • Directed by Will Vinton
  • Oregon, 1986, 86 mins., English

Portlander Will Vinton’s film was the world’s first Claymation feature and the first animated feature made in the Northwest. It took his studio three and a half years to make and is a display of dazzling animation technique. James Whitmore is the voice of the famous writer, chronicling Twain’s fantastic voyage in a magical airship with Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher to rendezvous with Halley’s Comet. Along the way they encounter a variety of Twain’s storybook characters from The Diary of Adam and Eve, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Mysterious Stranger, and The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County. “The most original and audacious animated feature since Fantasia.”—PBS’s Sneak Preview. “In paying tribute to a man of originality, compassion, and intelligence, Vinton has adopted those very qualities himself.”—Time Out.

Genres: Stop-Motion Animation