The Last Unicorn (1982)


“There are no happy endings because nothing ends.” – Schmendrick

Number of Times Seen – At least 5 times (Numerous times on cable in the 80’s and 20 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After finding out that she is the last of her kind in existence, a unicorn goes on a quest to find out what happened to the rest of her species.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall seeing numerous times on cable as a kid and enjoyed it a lot.

Since, I hadn’t seen it in decades, I decided to see what I would think of it as an adult.

The story is done quiet well and remains intriguing throughout.

The characters al feel quite unique in everything they say and do and that helps keep things quite enjoyable to watch unfold.

They manage to give the story an epic feel and the message rings through from start to finish.

The voice cats is also great with Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Angela Landsbury and Christopher Lee all giving great performances that help bring these characters to life.

Lee, as always, stands out here as the voice of the King Haggard who is only happy when he looks at unicorns.

The biggest problem with the film tho is that the animation doesn’t flow very well and that hurts the believability of the fantasy story that they are trying to tell.

The film’s theme song is superb.

Check out these two versions:

The original by America

and the Cover by Kenny Loggins:

 

Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Sir Christopher Lee (King Haggard) showed up for the recording sessions armed with his own copy of the book, with several places marked to indicate things that must not, in his opinion, be omitted. This is similar to his behavior on The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and its sequels in which he also showed up on set with his copy of the books, and was often a stickler for exact fidelity to the novels. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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