PG | | Comedy, Family, Fantasy
A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.
The story, based on John Bellairs's novel, was previously made as a television episode of CBS Library (1979). The segment was featured in the episode CBS Library: Once Upon a Midnight Scary (1979).
Three gongs... last time it was four. What happens when it gets down to one?
Mrs. Zimmerman: Nothing good, that's for certain.
Florence tells Lewis that the Brothers Grimm wrote their Fairy Tales in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald) of Germany. In reality they wrote the tales in Kassel, which was a full day's journey from the Black Forest with the travel options of 1808.
The closing credits sequence are filled with with characters and objects from the film, in the artwork of Edward Gorey (a Goth artist who collaborated on John Bellairs novels).
At the end of the closing credits, the film's cast wave goodbye.
$26,608,020 (USA) (23 September 2018)