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Attempting to [[DescribeTopicHere describe]] ''The Adventures of Mark Twain'' in any sane fashion is probably an exercise in futility. But what the heck. We'll give in a shot.

First of all, discard any historical knowledge you might have of Samuel Clemens, because in this world, he doesn't exist. But his ''nom de plume,'' MarkTwain, is real, and so are Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher. [[CelebrityParadox Yeah, we know. Just roll with it.]] In this world, Mark Twain also has a [[CoolAirship Cool]] {{Steampunk}} [[CoolAirship Airship]], which he intends to ride into outer space to chase Halley's comet. Tom, Huck, and Becky catch word of his balloon and sneak onboard, joining Mr. Twain on a journey beyond the stratosphere to chase the comet. How do they pass time onboard the airship? By telling (and living) stories, of course. Famous Mark Twain stories. Like ''Literature/TheAdventuresOfTomSawyer.'' ([[FridgeLogic We know. Again.]]) And ''The Diary of Adam and Eve.'' And ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger.''

This 1985 movie is known for being absolutely ''gorgeously'' rendered in {{Claymation}}, and for being creepy as hell. [[{{Satan}} Literally.]] It's sometimes considered a "[[AnimationAgeGhetto children's movie]]," but this [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids isn't strictly the case]] -- it's probably too scary for some kids, but anyone who likes animation will probably enjoy the lush visuals. All in all, it's a fascinating and loving {{Deconstruction}} of the man and a number of his stories -- particularly his later ones which caused many to label him a NietzscheWannabe.

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!!This film contains examples of:

* AdamAndEvePlot: ...''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin The Diary of Adam of Eve]]''.
* AdaptationDistillation: The short based on ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'' manages to cram most of the essentials into 5 minutes of film, much to the terror of its audience.
* AnimatedArmor: The Mysterious Stranger is depicted as an empty suit of red plate armor, holding an animate masquerade-style mask on a stick where its head should be.
* BabyPlanet: The angel Satan dwells on one made of clay (of course).
* BigLippedAlligatorMovie: When you get down to it, this movie is essentially a FramingDevice story strung together by {{Big Lipped Alligator Moment}}s of varying length. ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'' segment is probably the worst offender. Still amusing, though.
* BittersweetEnding: The ending to the Diary of Adam And Eve. Paradise is lost, but with the end of Innocence comes Love and the ability to grow and learn, and both Eve and Adam considers themselves better off at the end of their lives.
* BookEnds: [[spoiler:Twain merges with his dark side, and fuses with the comet, and with the comet, returns to Eden, where the story once started]]
--> '''Becky''': Mr Twain, where is the comet going now?
--> '''Twain''': To Eden, angelface. Back to Eden.
* CallBack: At the very end of the movie, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Tom gives Becky the heart shaped leaf from Paradise hidden inside Adams diary, that Adam had saved and given to Eve at the end of their life as a last token of his love]]. And [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Huck found]] Adam's GrouchoMarx Glasses.
* {{Claymation}}
* CoolAirship: As in, "[[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum it runs on]] the RuleOfCool;" one travels between decks via the "Indexivator", which accesses the two riverboat-esque "main" and "hurricane" decks, Twain's lounge -- and [[FramingDevice interactive versions of Twain's writings]].
* CoolGate: Twain's airship is in possession of such a door, which leads into all his stories ''and'' the different parts of the ship.
* DeadpanSnarker: True to real life, Twain is a fount of endless quips both on Tom and Huck's antics and on human nature.
** Most of those quips are ''taken from'' real life - the screenplay was written by Vinton's wife, a Mark Twain scholar.
* DeathSeeker: [[spoiler:Mark Twain]].
* DiedHappilyEverAfter: [[spoiler:Twain rejoins his dark side and the two fade into light, becoming part of Halley's Comet! Now if ''that'' isn't a cool way to go out, nothing is.]]
* EvilTwin: [[spoiler:"Dark Twain" is constantly stalking around the ship, until they finally meet up with the comet. However, in a case of DarkIsNotEvil, Dark Twain isnt so much evil as melancholy and weary of life, and as the regular Twain notes, he's not whole without him.]]
* ForegoneConclusion: It's a fairly famous bit of trivia that Mark Twain "came in with Halley's Comet, and went out with it." So it's no surprise what happens to him at the end of the movie.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: Twain's {{Deconstruction}} of it.
--> '''Captain Stormfield''': ''"I begin to see that a man's got to be in his own Heaven to be happy."''
** And even ''then'' things are confusing.
* FullyClothedNudity: Adam and Eve have underwear. After Adam eats the apple, he suddenly realizes this and covers up.
* GirlishPigtails: Becky.
* GrotesqueGallery: The alien FluffyCloudHeaven Capt. Stormfield accidentally winds up in.
* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: Satan (and by extension Mark Twain's dark side) is under this impression.
* ItRunsOnNonsensoleum: See "Cool Airship", above.
* {{Leitmotif}}: The comet has one. It even gets an 80's-tastic synth-heavy Epic Reprise [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45WMWSJ30tM during the credits]].
* ManChild: Adam. Not surprising, since he was "born" into adulthood, and had no experience or understanding of the world until Eve showed up.
* MarketBasedTitle: Called ''Comet Quest'' in the UK. Perhaps it's because Mark Twain doesn't hold quite the same, seminal place in the UK mindset as he does in the American one, being a distinctly American author.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [-''"What's your name?"''-] '''''"Satan"'''''
--> '''Huck:''' That's a really sorry name for an ''angel.''
--> ''([[SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere Satan beckons to his]] [[BabyPlanet miniature world]])''
--> '''Tom:''' [[CuriosityKilledTheCast C'mon, you guys!]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: [[spoiler: Nice job sabotaging it, Tom Sawyer.]]
* NightmareFace: [[spoiler: Injun Joe, the Mysterious Stranger]]
* NonHumanSidekick: Huck's frog, Homer.
* OminousPipeOrgan: Played by Twain's dark side.
* OnlySaneMan: Poor Becky Thatcher...
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: Some details of Samuel Clemens' historical life do make it in to the film, and there is one scene in which he quietly mourns for his departed wife.
-->'''Becky Thatcher''': ''"That's really why [[DeathSeeker you want to meet up with the comet]], isn't it, Mr. Twain?"''
** A portrait of Twain and his wife shown just after the poignant ending of the "Diary of Adam and Eve" segment adds additional poignancy by revealing that Twain has been mentally imaging himself and his wife as the titular couple - particularly that like Eve, Olivia died first, leaving Twain alone for the final years of his life.
--->''"Wherever she was, there was Eden."''
** Samuel Clemens was born in the Halley's Comet year 1835, and died in the Halley's Comet year 1910. This film was released in the next Halley's Comet year '''1985''', when Clemens would have been 150 years old. In the film's story, Mark Twain said that if he missed Halley's Comet, he'd have to wait until he was 150 (in 1985) to catch the comet again.
* {{Satan}} is ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger''.
** [[spoiler: If you've read the original novel, its revealed that it isnt Lucifer, but a "family name" of sorts.]] Lampshaded by Huck.
--> '''Huck''': "Pretty sorry name for an angel"
* SealedRoomInTheMiddleOfNowhere: the world of ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'' aka Satan.
* SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler: Twain and "Dark" Twain come together for real at the end of the film, just before he [[DiedHappilyEverAfter goes to meet the Comet.]]]]
* {{Steampunk}}: The airship.
* SugarBowl: The Garden of Eden in the "Diary of Adam and Eve" segments.
* TagAlongKid: All ''three'' of the kids sneak aboard the airship.
* [[ThatRemindsMeOfASong That Reminds Me Of A Story]]
* VerbalTic: Tom keeps saying "aeronort" instead of "aeronaut".
* [[WhatTheHellHero What The Hell Angel?]]: During ''Literature/TheMysteriousStranger'' sequence, Huck's not afraid to call it as he sees it.
* WhamLine: [[spoiler: Dark Twain]]: Do you remember your old friend - Injun Joe?
* TheWonka: Mark Twain
** Also, Mark Twain opening the gate to Injun Joes lair and almost gets Huck killed by him, but closes the door in time for Joes knife to get stuck in it, seemingly just to torture the kids. [[spoiler: Its Dark Twain, not the real Twain]]
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