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A real shame, as this could have been a dark classic had Disney allowed one of their underemployed animators, a lad by the name of Tim Burton, to direct this back in 1983. Ray Bradbury's source novel, a rich blend of small-town nostalgia, a beautifully evoked father-son relationship, and an old-fashioned battle between good and evil, is a favourite, and the casting is perfect (Jason Robards as the ageing dad, Jonathan Pryce as the evil carnival owner). But the designs are vulgar and tacky, the music sentimental, and the atmosphere of a dark, irrational evil settling on the town is entirely absent. Having directed an overtly Freudian version of 'Turn of the Screw' in the sixties, Jack Clayton seems desperate to play up everything and over-dramatise it, rather than rely on spooky atmosphere and a suggestion of menace. Very disappointing.