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.
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…
#18 in my 80's Week marathon. (I transformed into a cat and no cat has ever told humans the truth about weeks.)
Partly poetic, part dreary. Gets really meta toward the end; the characters debating fairy tale conventions - happy endings, heroes, magic - and evaluating their practical purposes. Talking about the situations as though they weren't in them. From the perspective of people who are disappointed in how unpredictable, dramatic, and uprooting the stakes in fantasy are.
Not sure what that does for you, but I was fairly indifferent and unmoved throughout. Lives are lived with the appropriate amount of strife and deaths come on the end of a lot of flopping around. (Especially in the case of the…
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 watched this movie so many times growing up, that my dad, even today, mention how obsessed I was with it. How I watched it even though the VHS-tape had gotten worn out from all the rewatches. I then revisited it when I was in my later teens and wasn't at all impressed, and here I am now, 31-years of age watching it with my soon-to-be 4-year-old in its original language (the Swedish dubbed version is in some Swedish TV-channel archive and has never been released on DVD), not watching it on VHS but streaming it on Netflix. The time changes, the movie remains the same.
The Last Unicorn tells a simple story about the poor old lonely last unicorn…
Film #1 of the Scavenger Hunt #3 Challenge!
Task #1. A film featuring unicorns!
Rewatching a childhood favourite can be a risky endeavour. As I learnt to my great disappointment when I rewatched The Black Cauldron a couple of years ago.
But the really good films don't look worse over time, they just look different.
Of course I'm not going to see this film in the same way I saw it as a five year old. Then I loved the beauty and delicateness of the Unicorn. When I was 8/9 I liked the singing butterfly, who sang all the funny songs my dad sang and I liked the wizard who could do magic tricks.
When I watched this a few…
"You may come and go as you please. My secrets guard themselves. Will yours do the same?"
Scavenger Hunt #3 12/30
1. A film featuring unicorns!
RIP Christopher Lee. Was pretty pleased to be able to fit this into the Scavenger Hunt and watch a Christopher Lee film this weekend. This animated feature tells the tale of The Last Unicorn, who goes on a quest with a young magician to find what has become of her kind. Lee provides the voice of King Haggard, a sad, evil man who has imprisoned the unicorns in the sea.
With a soundtrack by America this film is very much a product of the 80s and is bizarre and entertaining.
Two word review: RIP Lee
A gorgeously animated fever dream of a movie where Jeff Bridges falls in love with a horse.
The film does a fine job for a fairytale. For me, the music diminished the emotional impact. The songs did not age well for my taste. The actors were really good.
The first 15 minutes were boring, but it picks up. A decent flick if you like older animations.
The Last Unicorn is a true classic, with an amazing voice cast, and an incredible magical story.
A decent animated feature with some lovely aesthetics and strange narrative choices. The entire movie is brimming with a sort of mythic darkness, the type that leaves big impressions on the little minds of children, and even as an adult it's easy to appreciate how much of a rare outlier it is for kids' movies.
As unique as it is, though, there's something to be said for Disney polish. TLU's color design and background work is phenomenal, but the animation itself often feels jerky and overdone, as if the animators were afraid to keep their characters still but didn't have enough money to produce enough movement. And while the story is just focused enough to bring up ideas about fate…
The music is haunting me hours after watching. I really liked the music, except the butterfly. But as a whole, something about it left a very generic feel.
What did I just watch? I am all for trippy cartoons but what was this? So 70s. So so 70s.
It is a classic. I love the music. I love the story. It is a fantastic ride through fantasy with lovely characters. I have to see it every Christmas since I was a kid.
Visually this movie is impressive with it's alternating bouts of dreamy beauty and terrifying hellscapes, but the story is melancholy and drags on and on. It struck me as strangely unsettling during the credits and the feeling never lifted. I don't think any of these characters should be relatable to children and I'm not sure why I used to like it?? Yikes at walking stereotype Schmedrick.
the last unicorn is: living with the curse of love.
I'm not very good at keeping track of movies people recommend to me. I have an old list floating around…
A highly personal, largely indefensible ranking of every movie I've seen featuring the late Christopher Lee, from the sublime to…