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Hut vs. Sommers: Compare and Contrast the Directors of the Film "Huckleberry Finn"

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Hut vs. Sommers: Compare and Contrast the Directors of the Film "Huckleberry Finn" Like most enchanting novels, Hollywood directors desire to create a film about a classic novel. Such was the case with the American classic: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Two directors took upon the goal of producing a visual aid for the morally impacting novel. Peter Hunt was the first to accept this challenge and with his directing abilities, he created a move that was about 4 hours long. On the other, a director from Disney, Stephen Sommers, decided to remake the move about Huck Finn and with his directing talent, he produced a move that was only an hour and a half long. With the differences of lengths, it is quite clear that there were quite a few dissimilar approaches while trying to portray a good movie and still trying to stay true to the book's meaning. ...read more.


Petersburg, Missouri and in various locations along the river through Arkansas. Time wise, both films take place before the Civil War, roughly 1835-1845 when African Americans were still considered slaves. Also during this time, rifles did not contain the ability of rapid fire and being tarred and feathered was a custom that was not forgotten yet. In conclusion, between Disney's film and Hunt's movie, there were similarities between place and time. But, the moods of two were significantly different. Due to the time differences between the two the films, plot development between the two movies were different. Hunt's version which was about 4 hours long, was a clone to the Twain's novel. In other words, Hunt was careful enough to put every detail from the book in his movie. Also, since the rising action took a significant amount of time, the movie was drama and serious like. Huck as a character altered his perspective about life slowly and probably more of realistic fashion. ...read more.


The reason behind these numerous differences is the fact that the Disney version of the movie was aimed for a young audience whereas Hunt's creation was supposed to viewed by a mature audience. However, the few similarities that the two movies did have were the time, place, and message. The time and place are a significant part of the story because that is when and where this whole epic of a boy that helped a slave could have happened. Finally, the message of the two movies is the same. Although Hunt's movie may have delivered it in a better fashion, both directors intended to show that racism, and the stereotyping of a group for their skin color is ridiculous. In conclusion, if looking for a serious and life alternating movie, Hunt's Huck Finn is probably a better choice than Disney's version. However, if looking for an amusing movie that delivers a good message in a much lighter note, Disney's Huck Finn the obvious choice. ...read more.

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