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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.
"It's a very rare person who is taken for what he truly is."
There's a real serious cult following for The Last Unicorn out there, and it's not hard to see why. This movie features some truly great, old-school, hand-drawn animation full of vibrant colors and creative fantasy imagery (I've had a strange craving for FernGully recently, and this fulfilled some of that desire), and it manages a pretty powerful bittersweet climax if you successfully buy into the characters (I was about 60% sold on the characters, so it worked pretty well).
It also covers a lot of thematic ground without feeling too dense or overly contemplative: appearance vs. reality ("I can't change anyone into something they're not."), coming of…
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…
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…
#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.
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…
I know it’s a beloved classic and all that, and the animation is beautiful, but man does it have some pacing issues.
I was captivated by the story of this unicorn in a way I was not expecting. At times it slugged a bit, but in the end it was enjoyable, wish I had seen it as a child though.
Trivia: The animation for the film was done by the Japanese studio Topcraft, who also animated Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (1984).
So you wouldn't think that a sexual relationship between a unicorn and a giant bull covered in fire would be possible or expedient, but then if you add a wizard in there whose skin is so thin that he needs magic to keep it from cracking and give him an enormous confidence, it gets kind of sexy and this is a kids' movie great job good luck gettin' through it.
I liked the carrion with boobs. Made me think of my dad. His aesthetic.
I thought I was having a seizure watching this. The characters kept moving around weird all the time, like it was deliberate, because the illustrations were perfect. The key-frames seemed evenly spaced out on the X-sheets, or placed in the wrong moment of dialogue, and the tweens had no easing. There were no follow-throughs or antics to give the animation fluidity. I saw glimmers of greatness, which were probably animated straight ahead, but then it glitches out after they ran out of cells and had to recycle old ones. This probably had something to do with handing off the storyboards to a Japanese studio, who were probably just as confused by the nonsensical story as I was.
I know I'm using a lot of animator's jargon, but just try this: try and imitate the movement of any character in the movie. You'll see what I mean.
And yet, pause at any moment and it looks beautiful. Strange experience.
top notch in animation, and did a good job more of a re-imagining than adapting the story.
This is just off-beat enough that if I saw it as a child I would have really enjoyed it-sure it's really half-baked overall and that "Now That I'm a Woman Song" is really fucking grating (the rest of the soundtrack was fine so what happened there??), but if my young cousins or neighbors kids wanted to watch this I wouldn't object to putting it on.
every time i watch a beloved movie from childhood i feel slightly nauseous at how fucking creepy it invariably is. let me summarize, Mia Farrow (aka the LAST EVER unicorn) has no idea she is the last unicorn in existence until some drug-addled butterfly tells her. she morphs into a human so she can be sexy to a prince. she rescues ALL the sexy unicorns from doom. the Red Bull is an actual villain not an energy drink that gives you (me) a headache. "the king is in the counting room, counting off," is a line that will never not weird me out.
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I never watched this one growing up but I've always been a huge fan of Rankin & Bass; I had heard that a lot of the animation team went on to form Ghibli and I've always had a soft-spot for America.
I wasn't totally blown away. The voice acting was great for the most part (Alan Arkin was able to steal most scenes in which he was featured) and the animation was very pretty. I'm not the biggest fantasy fan but this is certainly watchable. If you're into fantasy or unicorns or something, you'll probably enjoy this even more than I did.
This is an unranked list of my most high holiest of favorite movies. It is something continually tinkered with, and…