Once upon a time, there were some people called the Rushers of Din. Each night as they slept, sweet dreams were delivered to them from sunny Frivoli, while nightmares came to them from the mysterious Murkworks. But the malevolent master of the Murk, Synonamess Botch, was not content. He wanted the Rushers to have non-stop nightmares. To do that, he would need to gain control of the Cosmic Clock. To accomplish this, he kidnaps the deliverers of the dreams, Greensleeves and the Figmen of Imagination, and then tricks Ralph, the All-Purpose Animal and his pal Mumford into stealing the mainspring from the Cosmic Clock. Realizing they've been tricked, Ralph and Mumford try to get the spring back and prevent Botch from unleashing his nightmare bombs. Along the way, they get help from their Fairy Godmother, Greensleeves' niece Flora Fauna, the junior varsity superhero Rod Rescueman, and Botch's own head nightmare writer, Scuzzbopper.
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Henry Sellick, future director of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) and Coraline (2009) directed the sequence where Ralph and Mumford experience a nightmare. See more
"Ok,ok. I'm scared; it's official."
The end credits feature black and white pictures of the voice actors with the character they voiced next to them except for the character named "Mumford", who never spoke throughout the movie. Hence it says Mum as "Himself" See more
There are two major versions of the film. In very limited theatrical release and on HBO in 1984-5, the film featured profanity in a few scenes (Botch's opening monologue to his minions, Botch's dialogue while he's in his bathtub, Botch ordering his minions out to get the spring, Botch's ecstatic response when Rudy returns with the spring, and finally Scuzzbopper muttering "Asshole." when Botch dumps his manuscript out the window). The version released on VHS, Laserdisc, and seen on Cartoon Network uses alternate, 'clean' dialogue during these sequences and is missing two brief scenes lasting about 30 seconds in total:
-During the "Out on My Own" scene, where Ralph and Mum chase after the spring, it cuts back to Botch at the Murkworks watching the proceedings on television while bowling. He picks up Ratatooie (thinking he's a bowling ball) and scores a strike.
-When Mum, Ralph, and Scuzzbopper make it to Botch's control room, right after Scuzzbopper throws the bowling ball, there's a few extra seconds where Botch flees behind a walled panel and Ralph and Mum follow. See more
Referenced in Ratatouille
Written by George Cates
Performed by Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra
Courtesy of Rainwood Records & The Welk Music Group See more