Genre Grandeur December Finale – Quest For Camelot (1998) – Whythisfilmpodcast

For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Non-Disney Animated Films of the 90’s here’s a review of Quest For Camelot (1998) by Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast.

In case you missed any of the reviews, here’s a recap:

  1. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999) – David
  2. The Iron Giant (1999) – Rob
  3. Antz (1998) – Darren
  4. The Nutcracker Prince (1990) – Sally
  5. Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996) – J-Dub
  6. The Prince of Egypt (1998) – Rob
  7. Quest For Camelot (1998) – Emily

In addition, I watched 11 movies in my companion series Genre Guesstimation. Unfortunately, none of those films will now be considered among my favorites in the genre.

  1. Jetsons: The Movie (1990)
  2. A Close Shave (1995)
  3. Rock-a-Doodle (1991)
  4. The Swan Princess (1994)
  5. Porco Rosso (1992)
  6. An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
  7. Beavis and Butthead Do America (1996)
  8. South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (1999)
  9. Balto (1995)
  10. Quest For Camelot (1998)
  11. The Rugrats Movie (1998)

Thanks again to Emily Slade of Why This Film Podcast for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s genre has been chosen by Jason Soto of The Rabbit Hole Podcasts and we will be reviewing our favorite Comedies that feature characters who are either Stoners or Drunk.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Jason!

Let’s see what Emily thought of this movie:


Much like Notre Dame de Paris by Victor Hugo before it, The Magic Sword: Quest For Camelot is adapted from material that does not automatically shout ‘animated music for children.’ Yet, as before  – i’m so glad someone took the chance. 
Vera Chapman’s The Kings Damosel is an Arthurian tale that opens with a violent assault on a young woman that proceeds to scar her as she watches her sister get married to the love of her life. In 1998 that became The Magic Sword: Quest For Camelot, a movie that has Eric Idle as one half of a two headed talking dragon. 
It un-deniably tries to follow the Disney formula, as so many studios did during the Renaissance, and like most of them, it pays off.
Jessalyn Gilsig is Kaylee – a brilliant heroine, who would rather be a knight rather than a damsel, Cary Elwes is the blind hermit, Garrett. 
The songs slap as much as the comedy. Gary Oldman is the perfect villain and the location designs are gorgeous and memorable, from Camelot to the Forbidden Forest. 
I am without a doubt tainted by nostalgia, but I’d like to see a child today not find something to enjoy in this movie. 

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