Quest For Camelot

Quest For Camelot

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Director: Frederik Du Chau, Jessalyn Gilsig, Andrea Corr, Cary Elwes

Cast: Frederik Du Chau, Jessalyn Gilsig, Andrea Corr, Cary Elwes

     
 

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For this feature-length foray into Arthurian animation, screenwriters Kirk DeMicco (A Day in November), William Schifrin (Townies), Jacqueline Feather (Dancing in the Dark), and David Seidler (Tucker, Dancing in the Dark) adapted The King's Damosel (1976) by British novelist Vera Chapman. The 85-minute tale follows independent

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For this feature-length foray into Arthurian animation, screenwriters Kirk DeMicco (A Day in November), William Schifrin (Townies), Jacqueline Feather (Dancing in the Dark), and David Seidler (Tucker, Dancing in the Dark) adapted The King's Damosel (1976) by British novelist Vera Chapman. The 85-minute tale follows independent, strong-willed Kayley (Jessalyn Gilsig voice, with the singing of Andrea Corr), who hopes to follow the path of her late father, Sir Lionel (Gabriel Byrne), a brave Knight of the Round Table who died defending his king against the evil Ruber (Gary Oldman). Some years later, when Ruber is joined by sidekick Griffin (Bronson Pinchot), the two manage to acquire and then lose Excalibur, the legendary magic sword of King Arthur (Pierce Brosnan with Steve Perry singing). Preparatory to his invasion of Camelot, Ruber first kidnaps Kayley and her widowed mother, Lady Juliana (Jane Seymour, Celine Dion singing). Making an escape, Kayley travels through the haunted Forbidden Forest, where she meets Garrett (Cary Elwes, Bryan White singing), a bitter blind man assisted by his silver-winged, seeing-eye falcon, Ayden. Once King Arthur's stable boy, Garrett dreamed of becoming a knight, but after he was blinded by a fire, he ran away to live in the Forbidden Forest. When Garrett learns Kayley is the daughter of the knight who trained him to fight, he agrees to help Kayley search for Excalibur. Falling in love with Kayley, Garrett soon finds the courage to start anew. With the blessing of Merlin (Sir John Gielgud), the couple sets out to save Camelot. Along the way, they meet the two-headed dragon, Devon (Eric Idle) and Cornwall (Don Rickles), a dragon duo delivering dotty dialogue replete with riotous riffs and cinematic references (to such films as Dirty Harry and Taxi Driver). Yet another supporting character is Bladebeak, a cutting-edge hybrid possibly fashioned to illustrate the axiom, "Don't count your chickens before they're a hatchet." Following the live-action/animation combo of Space Jam, this is the first fully animated feature from the L.A.-based Warner Brothers Feature Animation unit, and the film began production May 26, 1995 in L.A., expanding operations February 11, 1996 with a sister studio in London: a 20,000-square-foot facility in London's Covent Garden district. The new UK unit shared production duties on Quest for Camelot, receiving storyboards from L.A., animating with both computers and traditional techniques, and digitally transmitting completed art back to L.A. for ink and paint. At the London WBFA studio, John McKenna (previously head exec of the London City Ballet and Disney's London studio manager) initially supervised a staff of 73 (including 50 artists from the British animation talent pool) that expanded to 350. The film eventually employed over 600 staffers as it ran through a variety of working titles (The Quest for the Grail, The Quest, The Quest for Camelot). Songs by Grammy-winners David Foster and Carole Bayer Sager include On My Father's Wings, (Kayley), I Stand All Alone (Garrett), The Prayer (Juliana), and If I Didn't Have You (Devon, Cornwall). The director of Quest for Camelot is Frederik Du Chau, who attended film school in his native Belgium, entered the industry via commercials and TV series, worked for Disney France, made his own animated short (The Mystery of the Land), drew Disney projects at Baer Animation, co-directed for Sony Wonder, directed The Land Before Time 3, joined Chuck Jones Productions, and was developing his own animated project for Warner Bros. when he was asked to direct Quest for Camelot.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/13/1998
UPC:
0085391660736
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessalyn Gilsig Kayley
Andrea Corr Kayley (singing)
Cary Elwes Garrett
Bryan White Garrett (singing)
Gary Oldman Ruber
Eric Idle Devon
Don Rickels Cornwall
Jane Seymour Juliana
Celine Dion Juliana (singing)
Pierce Brosnan King Arthur
Steve Perry King Arthur (singing)
Bronson Pinchot Griffin
Jaleel White Bladebeak
Gabriel Byrne Lionel
John Gielgud Merlin

Technical Credits
Frederik Du Chau Director
Stanford C. Allen Editor
Andre Clavel Associate Producer
Dalisa Cooper Cohen Producer
David Foster Songwriter
Kirk De Micco Screenwriter
Zahra Dowlatabadi Associate Producer
Patrick Doyle Score Composer
Jacqueline Feather Screenwriter
Russell Hall Animator
Dave Horton Sound/Sound Designer
Alan Robert Murray Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Pilcher Production Designer
Carol Kieffer Police Art Director
Tony Renis Songwriter
Carole Bayer Sager Songwriter
William Schifrin Screenwriter
David Seidler Screenwriter
J. Michael Spooner Art Director
Alberto Testa Songwriter

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Quest For Camelot 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
KingsDaughter7 More than 1 year ago
This movie gets a lot of flack. And I'll be the first to tell you it deserves some of it (not ALL but some). But do I think there were enough strong points to make it worth it for people to give up 1 1/2 hours to watch it at least once? Totally. When the fallen knight Ruber steals then loses Excalibur, 20-year-old Kayley gets a chance to prove her medal. Now she's got to stay a step ahead of Ruber and get through "a place of untold danger," the Forbidden Forest. She's going to need help (whether she wants to admit it or not). And for Kayley help comes in 2 unexpected places. The first is Garrett--a young hermit who actually lives in the Forest and while perfectly willing to go after the sword is NOT very happy about having Kayley following his every step. And Devon and Cornwall--a two headed dragon who are happy to help but it's hard to say how much actual HELP they will be. Now this four-some (5 if you count Garrett's seeing-eye falcon Ayden. Oh, didn't I mention?) will have to work together to save Camelot...oh, boy. This movie was kind of a weird mix between noticeable faults and particularly strong points. The 2 main faults being: the singing and the romance (there are a few more small faults, most of which are common to animated movies in general so I won't go into that). The singing. Whoever was in charge of getting people to do the singing was never told that they needed to conceivably match the speaking voice. They were so keen on getting well-known voices it didn't even pop into their head. Sometimes the match was possible--or at least doable (like Steve Perry for Pierce Brosnan), sometimes...the match was just ridiculous (like Bryan White for Cary Elwes). Personally, I loved the music. And the voices chosen were great voices and they did great with David Foster's score...they just didn't always work as the characters voices. The romance. Was really adorable but seriously just came out of NOWHERE. I guess the writers thought it was so obvious that it was going to happen they didn't even bother to build up to it and just jumped to "they're in love now." Ok, admittedly sometimes a fast romance works fine (think Thumbelina or Snow White) but here it didn't. Here we've got 2 independent and equally stubborn people who have never given romance a thought. And the fact that they are so independent was one of the high points. We've got a strong female lead (not the same caliber as, say, Mulan but still good) who thinks more about becoming a knight then boys. Plus, usually when a girl is the central lead the main male character has 1 dimension and very little good screen time--not Garrett. He's probably one of the best animated male heroes around (right up there with Aladdin and John Smith); with a 3-dimensional personality and actually a lot of the best lines in the movie (another note: the humor in here is great. Got more than 1 giggle and smile out of me). So, like I said, it's not the best but it's still really cute and has some great music and characters. Give it a shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very funny I liked the part were the guy calls the griffen a mythological moron I liked this movie alot
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to give it 5 stars because it had everything: adventure, romance, and good songs! This is a really good take on Arthurian legend. I like the protagonst Kayley - she's fun. Besides Mulan, there aren't very many female fighting heroes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was perfect. It had the right level of everything: romance, action, adventure, good music, great characters... I could go on and on. An age would love this movie! :D
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