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YMMV / The Adventures of Mark Twain

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  • Alternative Character Interpretation: Satan doesn't represent Satan. He's the god from the Garden of Eden story as viewed by his peers rather than from the point of view of those he created. Explored by Diamanda Hagan here.
  • Animation Age Ghetto: It's sometimes thought of as a "kid's movie" by virtue of being animated, but when you consider that it's essentially about a man's death wish...
  • Cult Classic
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  • Just Here for Godzilla: A lot of people are directed towards the film due to hearing that the "Mysterious Stranger" scene is a "banned cartoon" although most of the time, people put it out of context as to what it actually is.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The mini-adaptation of The Mysterious Stranger is known for being one of the creepiest things ever put to film, let alone a film that you could ostensibly show to children.
    • Some cable network airings of the movie edited this segment out altogether.
    • Their second run-in with Injun Joe after The Mysterious Stranger is similarly pants-shittingly scary. Watch.
  • Signature Scene: The segment adapting The Mysterious Stranger is one of the most well-known parts of the movie, due to how creepy it is.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • The end of the final Adam and Eve segment. "Wherever she was, there was Eden."
    • "I am tired... and old. I wish I were with my Livy..."
  • Uncanny Valley: Cartoon realism does not work well with claymation puppets.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Much like Watership Down, children who aren't easily disturbed will find a lot to like here. However, attempt to show it to most kids, and you'd better be prepared to pay for those therapy bills later in life. None of this is helped by the fact that the movie somehow carries a "G" rating. If you want a good, family-friendly film about Mark Twain's later years look for the 1991 Disney film Mark Twain And Me.

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