Saturday, February 16, 2008

1990 Prison Break

Tom Sawyer & Huck Finn breaking Jim out of his prison. My first clayplation, 1990
All in camera editing- MESMERIZING

It's a short bit based on a portion of the book "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", by Mark Twain. My apologies to Mr. Twain, but I think we got an A out of it.

As wikipedia summarizes our plot:

Jim's escape

After the four fugitives flee farther south on their raft, the king "captures" Jim and sells his interest in any reward while Huck is away in a nearby town. Outraged by this betrayal, Huck finally rejects the advice of his "conscience," which continues to tell him that by helping Jim escape to freedom, he is stealing Miss Watson's property. Telling himself "All right, then, I'll go to hell!", Huck resolves to free Jim.

Arriving at the home where Jim is being held, Huck discovers, improbably, that the king has forty dollars sold his supposed interest in the slave Jim to Silas Phelps, Tom Sawyer's uncle. In a parallel to the con men's earlier scheme with the Wilks family, Silas's wife, Aunt Sally, mistakes Huck for Tom himself, and Huck plays along, hoping to find a way to free Jim. Shortly thereafter, Tom himself arrives for a visit, and agrees to join Huck's scheme, pretending to be his own half-brother, Sid Sawyer.

Either out of a desire to revenge himself on the grifters or out of charity for the townspeople, Jim reveals the secret of the Royal Nonesuch before the two rogues are able to set their confidence game into motion. That night, Tom and Huck see the duke and the king, who have been captured by the townspeople, tarred and feathered, being run out of town on a rail.

Rather than simply sneaking Jim out of the shed where he is being held, Tom develops an elaborate plan to free him, involving secret messages, hidden tunnels, a rope ladder sent in Jim's food, and other elements from romantic novels, including a note to the Phelps warning them of an Indian tribe stealing their runaway slave. Huck and Jim go along with the plan, but Tom is shot in the leg during the resulting chase. Rather than complete his escape, Jim insists that Huck return to town and find a doctor to treat Tom. This is the first time that Jim demands something from a white person; Huck rationalizes this by saying "I knowed he was white on the it was all right now." Jim and Tom are then captured and brought back by the doctor.


Martin said...

kai, 1990? were you in high school? that was great. you have been cool too long.

ps - sarah mceneaney has an opening coming up, are you going?

Ryan said...

Wow, with tears falling, I think that I've just witnessed the greatest piece of cinema ever created. The special effects with the credits, the lifelike believability of the characters.... Stupendous. Did I really wear that many bracelets back then?

Kai said...

Yes, great cinema. Maybe I'm with you on the lifelike believability, though I think there's some things we could've dredged deeper. But no way did you wear that many bracelets back then, that was all part of a wardrobe decision by the execs. It all came down to pantries really.