The writer Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In 1985 director, Will Vinton, released an animated film called The Adventures of Mark Twain! The story shows the famous author in a hot-air balloon, racing across the sky in an attempt to reach Halley’s Comet. Halley’s Comet passes the earth once every 76 years and was in the sky in 1835 when Mark Twain was born. In 1909 he apparently said, “I came in with Halley’s Comet in 1835. It is coming again next year and I expect to go out with it.” This strange prediction came true when he died a year later, the day after the comet returned.

Inspired by this story, the film shows how Twain tries to keep his appointment with the Comet. Hidden on the hot air balloon with him are characters from his stories, including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. The hot-air balloon gets higher and higher and they try to persuade him not to go. Finally they learn to fly the air balloon and try to stop his plan. The author flies off alone to meet the comet and leaves his airship in the hands of the young pilots.

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Mark Twain






Illustration by Fabio Delvó, taken from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, Green Apple Life Skills, Step One (CEFR A2)