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 upSee more details below

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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 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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Product Details

Release Date:
02/06/2007
UPC:
0012236204237
Original Release:
1982
Rating:
G
Source:
Lions Gate
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:33:00

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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