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Attempting to describeThe 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,Mark Twain, is real, and so are Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn, and Becky Thatcher. Yeah, we know. Just roll with it. In this world, Mark Twain also has a CoolSteampunkAirship, 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 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. (We know. Again.) And The Diary of Adam and Eve. And The Mysterious Stranger.This 1985 movie is known for being absolutely gorgeously rendered in Claymation, and for being creepy as hell. Literally. It's sometimes considered a "children's movie," but this 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 Nietzsche Wannabe.
Bittersweet Ending: 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.
Book Ends: Twain merges with his dark side, and fuses with the comet, and with the comet, returns to Eden, where the story once started
Died Happily Ever After: 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.
Evil Twin: "Dark Twain" is constantly stalking around the ship, until they finally meet up with the comet. However, in a case of Dark Is Not Evil, Dark Twain isnt so much evil as melancholy and weary of life, and as the regular Twain notes, he's not whole without him.
Foregone Conclusion: 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.
Man Child: Adam. Not surprising, since he was "born" into adulthood, and had no experience or understanding of the world until Eve showed up.
Market-Based Title: 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.
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.
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. Its Dark Twain, not the real Twain