Genre Guesstimation – Quest For Camelot (1998)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre was chosen by S.G of Rhyme and Reason and he chose Fantasy/Sci-fi animation (non Disney/PIXAR) Films as the Genre for May.  If you want to still submit a movie, the deadline is 25 May. Just send it to me at animation@movierob.net

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Fantasy/Sci-fi animation (non Disney/PIXAR) movies…

quest for camelot“You have reminded us that the strength of a kingdom is not based on the strength of the king, but on the strength of its people.” – King Arthur

Number of Times Seen – 2 (DVD in 1999 and 10 May 2015)

Brief Synopsis – After the King Arthur’s sword Excalibur is stolen, a young maiden who yearns to be a knight sets off on a quest to retrieve it

My Take on it – This is a movie with a storyline that should have been much better since it draws on well known tales of yore.

Unfortunately, that potential and advantage was pretty much wasted and we are left with a very mediocre fairy tale storyline.

The animation isn’t much to look at.

The only field where this movie excels is with its choice of original songs to accompany the storyline.

Despite the fact that I hadn’t seen this movie so often, I knew all the songs and found myself singing along throughout.

The best song is obviously ‘The Prayer’ which was a duet between Celine Dion and Andreas Bocelli.

Here are a few examples of these great musical tunes:

This final song, The Prayer won the Golden Globe for best song that year but was (rightfully) bested by When You Believe from The Prince of Egypt (1998) at the Oscars that year

Bottom Line – Storyline isn’t as good as it really could have been. Amazing and catchy soundtrack that is usually reserved for Disney fare is very welcomed here among the rest of this mediocre production.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Was originally intended to be darker and more faithful in tone to the original book, however, more songs, characters and family-friendly gags were added to tone down the content. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. Not such a great story despite a great soundtrack.

Rating – BAFTA Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – Quest For Camelot (1998)

  1. It’s funny that I still have most of your Genre Guesstimations this month on videotape from when I was a kid. This definitely isn’t Disney quality, but it’s decent. I liked it as a kid anyway.

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