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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 had seen a lot of good comments about this movie so I decided to watch it. It wasn't bad, but it seemed more pointless than anything. There wasn't much of a plot. Nonetheless, if I had grown up seeing this movie I might have understood the appeal.
I adore this film. I've loved it since I first saw it as a child and I love it still. Yes, there is a certain nostalgia factor to this, but there are things we love as children that don't hold up as adults (the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon comes to mind). This does. It speaks to me now just as much as it did in the 80's. It has wonderful songs provided by America, and characters that are unique. I love both the tragic love story, and the one that isn't ... and that those who end happily aren't the beautiful people. It's a story of love, heroism, selfishness and sacrifice. It's also pretty true to Beagle's book, which I would highly recommend as well.
For me, this is a nigh-perfect film, and a long-time personal favorite. I know it isn't truly a 5-star film, but I don't see it as anything less.
“There has never been a time without unicorns. We live forever! We are as old as the sky, old as the moon! We can be hunted, trapped…we can even be killed if we leave our forests, but we do not vanish. Am I truly the last…?”
A must-watch for any fan of the fantasy genre. This story from my childhood tells of a unicorn on a quest to find her lost brothers and sisters. Along the way she meets a memorable cast of characters, including a witch, a magician, a cook, a hero, and a king. It’s the stuff of legend and fairy tale, brought to life through the power of old-school animation.
I grew up watching this movie, but it wasn't until I was a teenager (when I picked up the novel) that I started to realize the strong emotions this movie makes me feel, and the powerful lessons I've learned from watching it.
This isn't the average children's film. It can be scary at times and the end is quite tragic. The characters show real human emotions, frustration, disappointment and resentment, and you emphasize with their predicaments. And in the end they are forced to confront the things they fear the most only to see an outcome, even though that outcome isn't a happy one.
"There are no happy endings because nothing ends" That won't mean much when you're a grown…
When the band America's super 1970s song "The Last Unicorn" started playing over the opening credits I knew I was going to like this movie.
"The Last Unicorn" is a melancholy riff on fantasy tropes, neatly bring the genre's subtext up to the forefront and letting it wash over the viewer. There's a lot to unpack in the film and I'm certain future viewings will be incredibly rewarding.
The film is also completely bonkers, full of weird anachronistic gags and inexplicable set pieces. My favorite is Rene Auberjonois as skeleton who just wants a drink of wine and frequently screams "UUUUUUUUUUNICOOORN!" The Last Unicorn" isn't disjointed per se, but there's an awful lot of stuff that feels just barely linked…
A little slow, and strange at times, but the deep melancholy it brings to the table is pretty commendable in a kids movie. Some really sad stuff happens thematically to the characters. Some of it comes of as strange and cheap, with weird tangents, like the butterfly at the beginning. But by the time you get to the end you feel for how kinda fucked up everything is for the characters. A good movie for those looking for non-disney animated stuff.
This is either the most beautiful ugly animated film or the most ugly beautiful animated film.
"Take me with you, for luck, for laughs, for the unknown."
Stranger and jankier and lovelier than I remembered. And I can almost see how part of this team went on to become Studio Ghibli.
Okay, I can jive with the Rankin/Bass fantasy work for this adapted book but please oh please someone dial up Bruce Davidson to redo the soundtrack! Ronnie James Dio is gone otherwise I'd say he should do but fer chrissakes let Iron Maiden make this magical. Impose The Soldier in the parade of magical creatures if you have to.
This is an unranked list of my most high holiest of favorite movies. It is something continually tinkered with, and…
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