Last Unicorn

Last Unicorn

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Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.

Cast: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges


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Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's (voice by Christopher Lee) plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's (Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn (voice by Mia Farrow) teams up…  See more details below


Only one of the mythological creatures escapes the evil King Haggard's (voice by Christopher Lee) plan to eliminate all unicorns from the land in Rankin-Bass's (Frosty the Snowman, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) sophisticated production of The Last Unicorn. In hopes of rescuing her exiled breed, the last unicorn (voice by Mia Farrow) teams up with the kindly, if bumbling wizard Schmendrick the Magician (voice by Alan Arkin), who accompanies her on the far-reaching and treacherous quest to save her kind. ~ Tracie Cooper

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
There is real magic in this overlooked, cel-animated fantasy that was originally released in 1982 B.C. (Before Computers). Adapted by Peter Beagle from his own novel, The Last Unicorn is a more mature change of pace for directors Arthur Rankin Jr. and Jules Bass, the creators of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and other stop-motion holiday perennials. Mia Farrow puts her heart and soul into the voice of a unicorn, who is stunned to overhear that she may be the last of her kind and ventures from her enchanted forest to discover what became of her brethren. Alan Arkin adds his own magic to the hapless Schmendrick, an aspiring wizard, who accompanies the unicorn and transforms her into human form. Jeff Bridges is the voice of Prince Lir, son to the wretched, aptly named King Haggard, who has corralled all the unicorns ("but one") into the sea for his amusement. This film's G rating is generous; PG might be more appropriate. The ferocious Red Bull who does the King's bidding may upset younger viewers, and the scattered mild profanities may give parents pause. Themes of loss and regret might also be too sophisticated for the preschool set. Jimmy Webb composed the hit-and-miss songs performed by America. The voice cast also includes Angela Lansbury in a villainous role as the keeper of a fraudulent circus of so-called mythical beasts. Robert Klein flits in and out of the film as a jive-talking butterfly. Japanese animators account for the film's anime look, which was not as mainstream in 1982 as it is today.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
Produced by the famous children's cartoon duo Rankin-Bass, The Last Unicorn is a lesser-known but worthy entry in the family fantasy-adventure genre. Based on his own novel, the screenplay was adapted by Peter S. Beagle, who also adapted The Lord of the Rings for Ralph Bakshi's 1978 animated film. In this story, emotionally charged drama takes precedent over rousing adventure, as many of the characters are dealing with some kind of loneliness or loss. The dramatic focus is helped by Hollywood actors supplying the voices, such as Alan Arkin, Angela Lansbury, and the ethereal-voiced Mia Farrow as the titular heroine. As fantasy-adventures go, the story is a standard quest, filled with magic and strange creatures, but it is exceptional for its strong characters and dialogue. The animation style is not exactly high in quality and it's worsened by inconsistencies, with much of the character design and animation done by both U.S. and Japanese companies. The music numbers are mostly unnecessary to the plot and feature Jeff Bridges and Farrow singing along with the '70s soft rock group America. If you can tolerate the songs, The Last Unicorn is a worthwhile film with much to offer adults and kids.

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Special Features

Newly remastered 16x9 widescreen version; 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Digital audio; English and Spanish subtitles; "The Tail of the Last Unicorn" - minidocumentary; "Escape the Red Bull" - set top game; "Schmendrick's Magical gallery"; English closed captioning; Original trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alan Arkin Schmendrick
Jeff Bridges Prince Lir
Mia Farrow Amalthea,Unicorn
Tammy Grimes Molly Grue
Robert Klein The Butterfly
Angela Lansbury Mommy Fortuna
Christopher Lee King Haggard
Keenan Wynn Capt. Culley, the Harpy
Paul H. Frees Rook
René Auberjonois Talking Skull
Brother Theodore Actor
Jack Lester Actor
Don Messick Actor
America Singer

Technical Credits
Jules Bass Director,Producer
Arthur Rankin Director,Producer,Production Designer
Peter S. Beagle Screenwriter
Matthew McCauley Score Composer
Martin Starger Executive Producer
Jimmy Webb Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Last Unicorn
1. Good Luck to You/Main Titles [4:59]
2. The Butterfly's Songs and Story [6:29]
3. The Search Begins [3:26]
4. Carnival Captors [1:43]
5. Schmendrick Can See Her [3:25]
6. Mommy Knows Best [2:59]
7. Freedom for All [5:58]
8. Going on Together [2:00]
9. Bands of Outlaws [5:48]
10. Rescue... And Another Companion [4:31]
11. The Red Bull [3:48]
12. "What Have You Done?" [2:17]
13. In King Haggard's Castle [5:35]
14. Settling In [2:44]
15. Now That I'm a Woman [3:45]
16. The Cat's Riddle [3:08]
17. That's All I've Got to Say [3:39]
18. What Makes the King Happy [4:38]
19. Memory of Wine [4:08]
20. Quest Through Time [4:34]
21. Victory and Liberation [4:42]
22. Separate Ways Home [3:16]
23. End Credits [1:07]


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The Last Unicorn 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 86 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this movie when I first saw it 10 years ago. I now have the book (by Peter S. Beagle) and the CD (it says The Last Unicorn in German but the CD is in English) along with the VHS and other random Last Unicorn items. I was so excited to see this come out on DVD and i STRONGLY suggest that everyone who likes unicorns, fantasy or just plain beauty should watch this incredible movie. Believe me, it's not just any cartoon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie for the first time when it came out on television, in 1985. I was 4 years old. My dad taped it for me. He knew I loved Flight of Dragons and since that was my favorite movie, thought I would like this one too. I watched it on a dark rainy day in early spring. Bad idea! I cannot tell you how many nightmares I had from this movie and was unable to sleep well from how long. If your child is highly imaginative and/or sensitive, please don't let them see this until they are in their teens, b/c there are many, many disturbing and perverse elements in it. Not only that but the language and themes are somewhat difficult for a child to understand. So why my rating? For its audience, which should be teens to adults, it is a profound work of art that american animators just don't make anymore. It is true japanese anime, before it was known as such. Remember, just because something is animated doesn't mean its for kids!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is well written, and beautifully drawn, I have tried to find this movie for years without luck. I am soo happy to see that it is being released on DVD, I look forward to sharing it with my children.
Guest More than 1 year ago
my absolute fav. movie.couldn't take my eyes off it even if i tried!!!! no other movie could take its place. Perfect for the lover of the enchanted world of unicorns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie offers everything to everyone, it's got action, adventure, humor and tears. Not to mention, the Unicorn transforms into a hot cartoon chick guaranteed to make the guys smile. I recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so happy to see this title rereleased into DVD format. I first saw the movie in the theatre way way back in '83 and immediatly fell in love with it. My husband used to get annoyed to see it in the vhs player 'again' and I've almost worn out my poor old orginal vhs copy. Children will adore this film and the hopeless romantic will end up using at least 4 tissues throughout. I recommend the reading of the book as well. Peter Beagle can be hilarious. Like the Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia, the 'Last Unicon' just doesn't get old, it simply gets more marvelous.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Last Unicorn is one of my all time favorate movies. I still to this day have my original recording off of Showtime. I am so happy that it will be put out on DVD in March. Just the other day I was in Hot Topic and they had a Last Unicorn T-shirt, which made me so estatic bc I love the movie. Ever since I was a little kid unicorns have been one of my favorate mystical creatures. And with this movie being so great it's ashame that so many people do not know of it. One of my teachers in the school I am attending is one of the only people I know outside of my family that knows about the movie. Like I said before I am glad that this movie is going to be released on DVD bc that means I will be able to share this movie with my children in the future and I know they will enjoy it. I also have a 2 yr old god cousin who's sister loves me dearly and I want to be able to share this movie with her as well bc we are so much alike in many ways so I know she will enjoy it. I know that with it being released on DVD more people will enjoy this movie as much as all the people who've seen it in the past years.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i first saw the movie when i was 3 years old, back in 89. i fell in love with it instantly. being a total sucker for fantasy, it has been one of my favorites ever since. though i was never actually able to own a copy of it and was forced to renew it constantly from the library. imagine my dismay when one day the library told me its previous renter had lost it. :( i've been mourning ever since. but! when i saw the release date in march i became absolutely extatic and you can bet that i WILL be buying. an amazing film that i and other children will always cherish. it just never gets old.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this movie it was given to me a a little girl and i have had it seens then , and i would get it if i was you . you will love it to
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was my all time favorite movie as a child and it still holds a special place in my heart. It is a great movie for any little girl who has alot of imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i wish i had read the barnes and noble review before buyin this movie. it is a good movie for adults, but i don't need my kids repeating 'damn you' from the movie. they say damn twice and what 'what the hell' once and those are just the ones i caught. someone is also called an idiot. this movie doesn't belong in the kids section. i took it back to the store and exchanged it for one i knew didn't have bad language in it. it's not a G-rated movie!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember the first time that I saw the moive The Last Unicorn. All of my life I've had a speical connection to unicorns. Weither or not this moive was the cause of it, I don't know for sure; but I do know that this movie definetly fueled it. The feelings that I get from watching the movie, or just from hearing the theme song alone; bring up so many feelings and memories that tap back into my childhood innocents and wonders about the world. A place where unicorns, fairies, and anything else fantasy where real and lived amongst us in our everday lives. I think that this movie is a must for not only unicorn lovers, but also for lovers of fantasy, and of course older children. I think that this movie can also help expand the immagination and creativeity of children. I guess the point that I'm really trying to make, is that you'll love it and so will your kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a beautiful, exciting and unique animated movie that takes you to another world and the script is just original. A childhood favorite movie of mine, this is a movie for everyone, too bad the DVD is bareboned but that's OK, maybe next year when the remake hits theaters there might be a 2-Disc edition with widescreen to cash in on the remake. P.S: Amalthea in the movie, who is the unicorn's half-naked chick self is incredibly hot and is guaranteed to make men and boys watch this movie!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this movie was great! It is truely magical and tells the story of the last unicorn beautifully. It has great songs and graphics, the cels are really beautiful.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this movie ever since I was a little child. I used to sit with my best friend and make her watch it every weekend with me. The story is wonderful and enchanting, while the unicorn is beautiful and magical. I know this is not a typical childrens movie, but it is a movie that I will always love and treasure forever. I'm sure I will sit my children down more than once to watch it. I recommend this movie to everyone!
Guest More than 1 year ago
a truely wonderful movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love this movie. If you like fantasy, you'll definitely love it. However, if you've seen and didn't like most of the titles(i.e. Labyrinth, Legend, etc.) I've listed below, you may want to skip this one. You might want to be careful if you plan on showing it to small children, as they do swear a few times, and some of the characters might be frightening to a young audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this movie as a kid! I first saw it when I was 6. I'm now 26, and I still remember how all my mom had to do to get my cousins and I quiet would be to put this in the VCR. This video was definitely the cause of my love for such movies as the Hobbit, LOTR, and any number of fantasy movies later on. Seeing this here reminds me of the days of my childhood. It's got everything you could ask for: fights, magic, danger, comedy, beauty. I watched it so many times the video finally gave out. I never thought I'd ever see this in a store again, especially on DVD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG. If you have not been blessed with the opportunity of seeing this movie, run right out and get it. Now. I loved it as a teenager and hadn't seen it in years until just recently when my 'friend' brought it over. He just loves it. It was such an eye opener to realize that you didn't have to be high to enjoy this film like I originally thought. You really don't need alcohol and drugs to have a good time. This movie finally proved that to me. It also has helped me with my foundation's plight to end unicorn hunting for meat, their precious horns, and sometimes even for the hide. Check us out. We are Unicorns Forever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could really understand that the person who wrote the review was right, a kid even at 4 would've been TERRIFIED... i wonder why they add THAT much scary stuff!?
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember watching this movie when i was about three or four. It was my favorite movie and probally still is. The movie has so much adventure and fantacy in it, its hard to resist. For all you people who have not seen it, go rent it today. You wont regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has been my favorite story since the moment I first watched it! I love that it is being re-realesed for a whole new generation to love. I can't wait to share it with my own children!!