YMMV / Twice Upon a Time

  • Animation Age Ghetto: A rather convoluted example, but ultimately why the movie was a flop. It was a family movie, as the filmmakers had been commissioned to do, but the studio somehow thought it would play well with college audiences. After all of the college-aged test screenings flopped, co-writer Bill Couturié panicked and hastily re-cut the dialogue to include new, more profane lines from the actors to appeal to an older audience. Unfortunately, theater chanis were not informed of these last-minute changes and put it on a double-bill with the (slightly) more family friendly The Secret Of Nimh. Parents were understandably pissed and the film was quickly pulled from theaters. John Korty, who had already moved onto another project and was unaware of all of this, was livid and threatened to sue the studio if they released the film anywhere without his consent.
  • Awesome Art: The backlit paper cutout animation technique is really pushed to its limits in this film. Some shots even manage to recreate traditional animation techniques, such as smears and squash-and-stretch.
  • Counterpart Comparison: Ralph has sometimes been described as a proto-Jake the Dog: a small quadrupedal animal who has a human sidekick and is capable of transforming at will.note 
  • Cult Classic: It's a small cult because of its limited distribution, but it's there — Turner Classic Movies thought enough of it to air it in February 2015 as part of its TCM Underground block, and it finally saw a DVD release later that year; moreover, unlike most Warner Archive burn-on-demand titles, it's not a Vanilla Edition.
  • Fanon: Fraggle Rock fans who saw the film during its HBO run thought the middle-aged man at the conclusion buying a balloon was Doc (Gerry Parkes).
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • It's impossible not to smile when said man buys the balloon and it turns yellow.
    • The end credits depict the voice actors interacting with their characters.
  • Nightmare Fuel: When the nightmare bomb goes off, engulfing Mum and Ralph inside it.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Deconstructions of fairy tales, pop culture references, Getting Crap Past the Radar moments, and Cluster F Bombs were unknown to animated films outside of Ralph Bakshi's output in 1983.
  • So Okay, It's Average: Now that Warner Archive has released it on DVD, allowing more people to analyze it, most would agree that the visuals are highly ambitious and enjoyable, but the story and characters are a bit thin. If anything, this was why it took so long to get a DVD release.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Frivoli — intentionally. It even has cows that sing their mooing!
  • Ugly Cute: Ratatooie.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: As mentioned above, it was supposed to be for kids, but failed test screenings lead to the hasty re-cut with more "adult" language.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Somebody try to describe this one, and make it seem like you're not already stoned.


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