History WesternAnimation / TwiceUponATime

29th Dec '16 10:12:35 AM nombretomado
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''Twice Upon a Time'' is a 1983 mostly-animated comedy-fantasy directed by John Korty and Charles Swenson, and executive produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas. As with several other animated films of the early '80s (''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''), its theatrical distribution was such that it made virtually no impact...and unlike those films it didn't get much video/cable exposure either. The month it debuted on HBO, the pay channel's guide made a full page announcement - and that was the last anyone heard of it until the early 1990s, when it had a brief video release; CartoonNetwork twice showed it as a weekend feature by decade's end. The film finally resurfaced on DVD in 2015 via Warner Archive.

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''Twice Upon a Time'' is a 1983 mostly-animated comedy-fantasy directed by John Korty and Charles Swenson, and executive produced by Creator/GeorgeLucas. As with several other animated films of the early '80s (''WesternAnimation/TheLastUnicorn'', ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''), its theatrical distribution was such that it made virtually no impact...and unlike those films it didn't get much video/cable exposure either. The month it debuted on HBO, the pay channel's guide made a full page announcement - and that was the last anyone heard of it until the early 1990s, when it had a brief video release; CartoonNetwork Creator/CartoonNetwork twice showed it as a weekend feature by decade's end. The film finally resurfaced on DVD in 2015 via Warner Archive.
11th Sep '16 12:12:11 PM Eddy1215
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* LifesWorkRuined: After spending the majority of the movie writing it, Scuzzbopper finished his magnum opus, the Great Murkurian Novel. Unfortunately, when he showed it to Botch, he threw it out the window because he needed nightmare scripts instead of novels. This act is what drives Scuzzbopper [[spoiler:to temporary [[DrivenToSuicide attempt suicide]], followed by a HeelFaceTurn]].

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* LifesWorkRuined: After spending the majority of the movie writing it, Scuzzbopper finished his magnum opus, the Great Murkurian Amurkian Novel. Unfortunately, when he showed it to Botch, he threw it out the window because he needed nightmare scripts instead of novels. This act is what drives Scuzzbopper [[spoiler:to temporary [[DrivenToSuicide attempt suicide]], followed by a HeelFaceTurn]].



* WritersSuck: Scuzzbopper yearns to write "the great Amurkian novel", but Botch does not care. [[spoiler: This sets off Scuzzbopper's HeelFaceTurn.]]

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* WritersSuck: Scuzzbopper yearns to write "the great Great Amurkian novel", but Botch does not care. [[spoiler: This sets off Scuzzbopper's HeelFaceTurn.]]
11th Sep '16 12:10:13 PM Eddy1215
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* BigNo: Botch, when all his nightmare bombs go off before time is restarted.



* TookALevelInBadass: Ralph in the climax. [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry Upon believing that Mum was blasted by Botch's cannon]], [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated not knowing he had taken cover behind a pole]], Ralph finally managed to control his shapeshifting abilities and successfully used them to trick Botch into detonate the nightmare bombs before the Cosmic Clock was restarted.

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* TookALevelInBadass: Ralph in the climax. [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry Upon believing that Mum was blasted by Botch's cannon]], [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated not knowing he had taken cover behind a pole]], Ralph finally managed to control his shapeshifting abilities and successfully used them to trick Botch into detonate detonating the nightmare bombs before the Cosmic Clock was restarted.
11th Sep '16 12:07:34 PM Eddy1215
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* DamselInDistress: ''Heavily'' spoofed. Flora gets a job at the Murkworks playing this role in various nightmares, and Rod Rescueman's test for whether he's appropriate for being hired by the Fairy Godmother is rescuing her from her flaming desk. [[spoiler: Flora subverts the trope when Ibor captures her -- Rod ''tries'' to rescue her, but in the end she destroys the robot herself.]]

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* DamselInDistress: ''Heavily'' spoofed. Flora gets a job at the Murkworks playing this role in various nightmares, and Rod Rescueman's test for whether he's appropriate for being hired by the Fairy Godmother is rescuing her from her flaming desk. [[spoiler: Flora subverts the trope Becomes DamselOutOfDistress when Ibor captures her -- Rod ''tries'' to rescue her, but in the end she destroys the robot herself.]]
11th Sep '16 12:06:20 PM Eddy1215
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* LifesWorkRuined: After spending the majority of the movie writing it, Scuzzbopper finished his magnum opus, the Great Murkurian Novel. Unfortunately, when he showed it to Botch, he threw it out the window because he needed nightmare scripts instead of novels. This act is what drives Scuzzbopper [[spoiler:to temporary [[DrivenToSuicide attempt suicide]], followed by a HeelFaceTurn]].


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* LiteralMetaphor: Botch's title as Nightmare Producer Extraordinaire is quite literal as he produces his nightmares like movies, with the essence of each word and sound being distilled into a liquid that's poured into the nightmare bombs.


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* TookALevelInBadass: Ralph in the climax. [[YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry Upon believing that Mum was blasted by Botch's cannon]], [[ReportsOfMyDeathWereGreatlyExaggerated not knowing he had taken cover behind a pole]], Ralph finally managed to control his shapeshifting abilities and successfully used them to trick Botch into detonate the nightmare bombs before the Cosmic Clock was restarted.


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* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: Ralph really got ticked in the climax when he thought that Botch blasted Mum.
11th Sep '16 12:06:20 PM Eddy1215
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10th Sep '16 10:33:47 PM snichols1973
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10th Sep '16 10:33:39 PM snichols1973
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* DastardlyWhiplash: Synonamess Botch.



'''Rod:''' ''(looking on jealously)'' I should get short and bent.

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'''Rod:''' ''(looking on jealously)'' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar I should get short and bent.]]
5th Aug '16 7:47:27 AM longWriter
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* StopHelpingMe: ''Everyone'' eventually feels this way about Rod. [[invoked]]


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* UnwantedAssistance: ''Everyone'' eventually feels this way about Rod. [[invoked]]
24th Jul '16 3:40:18 PM mlsmithca
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* AshFace: Rod passes the Fairy Godmother's rescue test by inhaling the flames surrounding her. But then he accidentally exhales the flames back out, charring her to a crisp.



* AshFace: Rod passes the Fairy Godmother's rescue test by inhaling the flames surrounding her. But then he accidentally exhales the flames back out, charring her to a crisp.



* BatmanGambit / SecretTestOfCharacter: Fairy Godmother "firing" Ralph and Mum, telling them they don't have what it takes to be heroes. It works.

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* BatmanGambit / SecretTestOfCharacter: BatmanGambit: Fairy Godmother "firing" Ralph and Mum, telling them they don't have what it takes to be heroes. It works.



* EpicFail / ThisLoserIsYou: When Botch activates the nightmares too early, his monitor mocks, "Failure", "Nightmares Wasted", "Tilt", and "You Lose".

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* EpicFail / ThisLoserIsYou: EpicFail: When Botch activates the nightmares too early, his monitor mocks, "Failure", "Nightmares Wasted", "Tilt", and "You Lose".



* LightIsGood / DarkIsEvil:

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* LightIsGood / DarkIsEvil: LightIsGood:



* PunchClockVillain: Scuzzbopper; with his jester outfit and status as an unappreciated lackey (he's the head nightmare writer) he also has aspects of the VillainousHarlequin.

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Scuzzbopper; with his jester outfit and status as an unappreciated lackey (he's the head nightmare writer) he also has aspects of the VillainousHarlequin.



* PunnyName: "Synonamess Botch" is a pun on painter Creator/HieronymusBosch.

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"Synonamess Botch" is a pun on painter Creator/HieronymusBosch.



* UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: One of the earliest glimmers of hope for the medium towards the end of UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation.



* ShoutOut: Among the clips seen on Ibor's screen are ones from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', apt for a movie George Lucas executive produced. Additional clips include ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Film/{{Them}}'', ''Series/HappyDays'',Creator/AbbottAndCostello and finally ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.

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Among the clips seen on Ibor's screen are ones from ''Film/TheEmpireStrikesBack'' and ''Film/RaidersOfTheLostArk'', apt for a movie George Lucas executive produced. Additional clips include ''Series/TheMuppetShow'', ''Film/{{Them}}'', ''Series/HappyDays'',Creator/AbbottAndCostello and finally ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
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