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…
You don't mess with The Last Unicorn.
This was... not at all what I expected. I actually enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. It's a very simple story, but there's a beautifully melancholy undercurrent which I would never have expected in a children's fantasy. It's full of regret, bittersweet goodbyes, and a sense of complete isolation. I have no idea if I would have liked this as a kid, but as an adult, I found myself really gravitating to the darker themes of the story. The ending was tremendously satisfying, neither too depressing nor unrealistically saccharine. It's not perfect, but it was definitely a pleasant surprise.
How it entered my Flickchart:
The Last Unicorn > Stepmom
The Last Unicorn < Spanglish
The Last Unicorn < Wild…
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.
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.
Not as well animated as Disney films but still a lovely thing to watch. Very faithful to the book.
At this special revival tour showing of The Last Unicorn at Alamo Village, April and I got to meet Peter S. Beagle! He stayed for hours after the film to meet fans and sign things for free. What a wonderfully sweet and charming man.
One of my all-time favorites
Seriously, just thinking about this, now I have that stupid song stuck in my head and now I am depressed. This was one of the only titles available at my tiny video rental store.
Good fantasy for kids, with a strong enough heart and themes to overcome the choppy animation.
I remember seeing this as a kid and loved it. I just watched for the first time since with my son. It holds up; I still like it and he really likes it too. This should be an animated class if it's not considered so already.
A wonderful animation feature that always stuck with me since I seen it as a kid. Back then it genuenly disturbed me and not only because of the Red Bull. The wistful way it approached themes and ideas like loneliness, loss and the hopeless search for happiness went over my had back then, but still left a deep impression. Of course it doesn't have the same impact now, but finally understanding the subtext proves the story is still powerful. The terrible music by America doesn't hold up that well, but the animation is just wonderful. No surprise, since the animation studio responsible later evolved into Studio Ghibli.
Unicorn lovers be like: "What the heck?"
07:10 am, Feb. 07, 2015
P.S. I have always love unicorns yet this film perfectly ruins everything.
A two-fer: Christopher Lee (who was in "Castle of Fu Manchu") and Keenan Wynn (who was in both "Laserblast" and "Parts: The Clonus Horror)
For a movie I watched growing up, I had very few concrete details of the movie except the titular unicorn, which is weird. So much of my memory space was taken up with animated movies, the fact I hardly remember anything about "The Last Unicorn" is a weird oversight on my part. Maybe it gave me nightmares and so much time passed from then to now, I don't remember. (It's not like I can remember every single dream I had when I was little) Or maybe I never watched it all the way through. (Also possible.…
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