Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
The Last Unicorn
There's Magic in Believing!
From a riddle-speaking butterfly, a unicorn learns that she is supposedly the last of her kind, all the others having been herded away by the Red Bull. The unicorn sets out to discover the truth behind the butterfly's words. She is eventually joined on her quest by Schmendrick, a second-rate magician, and Molly Grue, a now middle-aged woman who dreamed all her life of seeing a unicorn. Their journey leads them far from home, all the way to the castle of King Haggard.
Watched this on Blu-Ray with my little princesses. Artwork was not very impressive.....then again does anything compare to Disney hand drawn animation? Story line is decent...voice work is fine...but the artwork and the very dated music hinders this movie. From my kid's eyes...the 4 year kept getting scared...the 7 year old cried at the end. Two star rating from me...3 star rating from 4 year old and 4 star rating from 7 year old....which averages to 3 stars.
I've been off work sick today and have really been craving some good comfort films to just chill out and watch. I obviously turned to The Last Unicorn, one of my favourite films ever!
I used to go stay round my dad's house every weekend, and I specifically remember that the only VHS he had for me was a copy of You've Been Framed (which cut to Commando half way through) and The Last Unicorn (the collection expanded to the whole first series of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles when my little brother was born, and a copy of The Pokemon Movie in Flemish by the time my dad had moved to Belgium). God knows where he got The Last Unicorn…
Part of the 1982 Project
Film L of March Movie Madness
The second film from Rank/Bass from 1982 is by far the best one, The Last Unicorn is based on the classic novel by Peter S. Beagle. Set in the the time of Robin Hood, this pleasing animated fable tells of the adventures of a beautiful white unicorn who enters a forest in search of others of its kind.
There is a definite anime vibe going on and it's very different from the usual animated stuff from the 80s. This is almost adult in story telling, it's not condescending to its audience and although there a few songs sprinkled about the film , it doesn't ruin the mood.
This is a very decent 80s animated film and has been severely over looked.
The last unicorn prances around like a My Little Pony, swishes her mane around, turns human (but not really), falls in love, sings some songs tunelessly (oh dear Mia Farrow), will they make her change back into a unicorn so that they're all gone forever?
I'm being generous and giving it 5/10 because it's possible that this wasn't really aimed at me, it missed widely.
Quizás la narrativa, que avanza un poco a trompicones, o el uso de música pop de los 80 para la banda sonora, no me han dejado disfrutar de esta película de animación y de fantasía, que tiene para algunos un valor de obra de culto.
Sin embargo, me ha llamado la atención un tono nada condescendiente con el espectador, que no teme llegar a conclusiones poco complacientes. También el arte, con una estética a ratos preciosista, a ratos oscura, a ratos feista, y el poner sobre la mesa temas bastante inhabituales en una fábula supuestamente para niños, como la obsesión, la confrontación entre mito y realida o la muerte, por poner algunos ejemplos. En todo caso, una obra adelantada a su época, muy distinta a lo que el entonces omnipresente Disney nos tenía acostumbrados...
I've written a big review on here before about this one so I don't have much more to say. It's just beautiful and I love it.
For the longest time, I have ranked this movie as my second favorite film of all time. I probably first saw it when I was 7 or 8, a year or two after it came out. I had no idea who Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, or Christopher Lee were. I just knew that there was a unicorn and a bull on fire. That was enough for me. Like most kids, I re-watched movies over and over. As I got older, some of the nuances sunk in. I started really digging the soundtrack. I learned more about what kind of creatures Mommy Fortuna had in captivity. I understood why King Haggard found solace in the sea on a more meaningful level.…
Had a friend at work loan me this one, and I went home and instantly watched it. I was surprised. I had always known of this cartoon without really knowing anything about it. It was good. I had a few problems with it, like the Jeff Bridges character being a throw-away character, and the speed of the last act felt very rushed trying to cram everything into that family-friendly 90 minute mark. Nice animation, nice characters, aside the JB character [don't remember the name]. Loved the ending, and the Red Bull creature was awesome. I'd recommend this to anyone animation lover and will probably be seeking out a copy for myself. A hearty 4/5.
Well that was a surprise! My girlfriend requested I watch this with her today. To be completely honest I was not expecting much, but I sat down and watched it. In the very beginning I though it was exactly what I had anticipated, but than it took a turn. This children's film turned into a dark fairy tale with very adult themes subtly, expertly woven in. It follows a unicorn on a search to find the rest of her species. On the way she is enslaved, cursed, and must overcome incredible odds to reach her ultimate goal. With voice acting by Alan Arkin ,Christopher Lee and Jeff Bridges it has some strong performances and rather beautiful imagery. There is a sequence in the film in which I felt like I was watching an animated version of Solaris. It is a wonderful movie which is definitely going on the list of films I can't wait to show my children.
Luscious animation that is so dark and so out there that it may be too much for little kiddies.
La película favorita de animación de mi infancia, fue un placer volver a verla.
I remember this movie from when I was a kid. Almost every family had their own copy of this movie and it always wound up in the mix.
Having not seen it since I was a child, it was interesting to revisit it. The voice acting is a bit overdramatic, but the unique art style and music by America really make this movie shine.
It's the kind of film I will show to my children and I hope they enjoy it as much as I do.
I saw this when I was a kid. I remember the animation being pretty cool.
This movie is pretty dark for kids, but I remember LOVING it when I was young. Maybe that's why I'm so weird now.
Absolutely classic children's film. Beautiful style and very fairytaley. Perhaps a little dated and shallow, but has a satisfying childishness and whimsy to it.
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