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Film / Tom and Huck

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Tom and Huck is an Adventure film that was released by Disney in 1995. It is based on Mark Twain's novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

The film followed Tom Sawyer (Jonathan Taylor Thomas) and his best friend Huckleberry Finn (Brad Renfro), who witness the murder of the town doctor by Injun Joe (Eric Schweig). To make matters worse, Muff Potter (Mike McShane), the town drunk is accused of the murder, but only Tom knows that he's innocent, but Huck does not want to reveal the truth, stating an oath that if either of them confessed about who really did it, then they would drop dead to the ground and rot. Made even worse when their attempt to prove Muff's innocence by trying to acquire a treasure map from Injun Joe proves most Tom and Huck go through several adventures trying to retrieve evidence and clear Muff's name.

This film provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Actor Allusion: Tom Sawyer is seen doing a little Home Improvement by painting a fence in one scene. Also, Courtney Peldon (who'd later appear in Home Improvement as JTT's love interest Laura) cameos as one of the townsfolk.
  • The Alcoholic: Muff Potter
  • Big Damn Heroes: Huck gets one during the climax, to save Tom from Injun Joe.
  • Big "NO!": Injun Joe gives one when he sees Tom taunting him with the emptied treasure chest.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Sid, Tom's cousin
  • Clear Their Name: This was Tom's intention to prove Muff's innocence.
  • Cowardly Sidekick: Emmett, as seen during the part where he and Joe are in the old house, while Tom and Huck are trying to acquire the map from Injun Joe. The biggest pointer is that he thought that Joe's hat was a ghost, because it had been snagged by the hook and rope that Tom and Huck were using and gave it the impression that it was floating like a ghost.
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: Instead of starving, Injun Joe falls into a ravine.
  • Disney Villain Death: Injun Joe, when he falls into the chasm in the climax of the film.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Both Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn.
  • Giving Them the Strip: Injun Joe nearly drags Tom down into the cavern abyss with him, but Tom's shirt rips and Joe plummets to a Disney Villain Death with the torn-off sleeve in his hand.
  • The Hyena: Emmett, Injun Joe's crony.
  • Ill-Timed Sneeze: Tom accidentally sneezes while trying to take the map from a sleeping Injun Joe, waking him up. They barely manage to hide before Joe can spot them.
    Huck: Ya had to sneeze, didn't ya?
  • Kick the Dog: Injun Joe accuses his crony Emmett for attempting to claim the treasure for himself and tosses his dagger into Emmett's back, killing him.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Injun Joe keeps calling Huck "Blueberry".
  • Mucking in the Mud: Both Tom and Huck cover themselves up with mud to disguise themselves in the first attempt to get the map from Injun Joe.
  • Name and Name
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss/Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: This was the relationship between Tom and Becky.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Tom puts a jar containing a tarantula on Sid's chest while he was in bed with a cloth in his mouth, as a threat to keep Sid from telling Aunt Polly that he was running away from home.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Huck gives one of these to Tom, after Tom confessed to the court about Injun Joe being the true murderer of Doc Robinson. Unusually for this trope, it's Huck who is actually in the wrong here, as Tom not doing what he did would have meant sending an innocent man to his death.