The Adventures of Mark Twain
Mark Twain has his airship ready and anchored in St. Louis, preparing his final trip and adventure, a journey to intercept Hailey’s Comet and reunite with his late wife. Huck Finn, Tom Sawyer and Betty Thatcher stowaway onboard and, in-between enjoying their host’s stories, start to wonder about their chances of getting home, or whether this journey will also be their last adventure.
Country of Origin: USA
Alternate Title: Comet Quest: The Adventures of Mark Twain (UK)
|James Whitmore||... Mark Twain|
|Gary Krug||... Huck Finn|
|Chris Ritchie||... Tom Sawyer|
|Michele Mariana||... Becky Thatcher|
|Carol Edelman||... Eve|
|John Morrison||... Adam|
|Dal McKennon||... Jim Smiley|
|Wilbur Vincent||... The Mysterious Stranger|
|Marley Stone||... Aunt Polly|
|Wally Newman||... Captain Stormfield|
|Tim Conner||... Three Headed Alien|
Mark Twain (real name: Samuel Langhorne Clemens) was born in 1835, two weeks after Hailey’s Comet made it's passage near Earth. In 1909, he prophesied that the comet’s reappearance in the skies would coincide with his death: he wrote “I came in with Halley's Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year, and I expect to go out with it. The Almighty has said no doubt, 'Now here are these two unaccountable freaks; they came in together, they must go out together.' ” Halley’s Comet appeared in the skies again in 1910 April 20, he died the day after. This movie is based on this quotation, part of it appears in the opening credits.
Hailey’s Comet passes Earth every seventy-five years (give or take), the last time being in 1986 (when this film came out - strange that), the next time will be around 2061-2062.
The film has adaptations of various Twain’s short stories: most notably “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”, “The Diary of Adam and Eve” and the unfinished “The Mysterious Stranger”. The film also borrows elements - i.e. the airship - from “Tom Sawyer Aboard”.
The first full-length feature done in “Claymation”.