The Last Unicorn

The Last Unicorn

DVD - 2015 | Widescreen edition
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When a young unicorn learns she may soon be the last of her kind, she leaves the safety of her protected forest and enlists the help of a clumsy sorcerer as they embark on a long journey to save the unicorns from extinction. Special features include: The Tail of the Last Unicorn featurette, Escape the Red Bull game, Schmendrick's Magical Gallery, and more.
Publisher: Los Angeles, CA : Shout! Factory, [2015]
Edition: Widescreen edition
Copyright Date: ©1982
Branch Call Number: DVDJ LAST
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (93 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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A deeply weird, end-of-the-age and doom laden adventure set in a world where some of the adults are actively (and successfully) working to banish beauty, wonder and magic from the world. Watch out for the Red Bull!


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RandomLibrarian Mar 19, 2020

This movie has been a favorite of mine since childhood, but I found that there are things I appreciate about it far more now that I'm an adult. "The Last Unicorn" is a cult classic and rightfully so; it has the trappings of 1980s children's fantasy films, both the absurd and the surprisingly dark and scary, but offers things that adults can understand and appreciate, such as Molly's regret that she had never seen a unicorn when she was young and full of dreams, and her resentment of the unicorn coming to her when she was "old and ugly" and her youthful dreams long since gone. If you never watched it as a kid, take some time to do so now.

SJPL_JessL Oct 30, 2019

Based on the fantasy novel by Peter S. Beagle, The Last Unicorn is marvelously imagined animated film for children. Although this story is fairly dark at times, there are several life lessons learned by the characters as well as character development.
The music is very early 90s and isn't for everyone, but the story and animation are worth a watch if you're into children's animation that isn't Disney.

sjpl_leizel Sep 09, 2019

This is one of my all time favorite movies! It is the story of a unicorn who sets out from her enchanted home to find out what happened to all the other unicorns and learns what it is like to be a mortal. I love the fluid, dreamy animation style, the all-star voice actor cast (especially Mia Farrow as the Unicorn/ Lady Amalthea and Christopher Lee as King Haggard), and the folk-rock soundtrack by America. I loved it as a child because unicorns, but I still enjoy it today and found deeper meaning with the story as an adult.

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bell5133
Jul 30, 2019

I think the art is pretty good. The storyline requires some patience and maturity to follow, so it’s not the best movie for very young kids. There’s a part in the movie where an old woman is yelling, “Damn you!” Multiple times too.

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black_tiger_804
Apr 04, 2019

I love this movie now! The graphics aren't the best, but the movie and storyline is amazing.

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TheDynamiteKid
Dec 13, 2018

Japanese animators were called upon by Rankin/Bass (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and other stop-motion animation) to depict this classic children's story for North American audiences. The result was by our standards excellent, but at the time most were still used to the Disney animation style (Fox and the Hound was released almost at the same time) and this movie did not do all that well at the box office. The appeal of the story and overall look of the movie has grown over time, but it still has the usual Japanese anime quirks that are well known now, but at the time a bit unusual and jarring for North Americans.

A really great but sadly underrated flik. I love the art style and the soundtrack, and it's got a surprisingly high-caliber voice cast. Better yet is the ending, bittersweet instead of happily ever after.

Beatricksy Dec 12, 2017

I *desperately* wish I would have watched this when I was younger. I almost did, so many times, but every time I put the movie back for something else. It's not awful...but it's not fantastic, either. The character design is beautiful, and the opening credits song is spine-chillingly good. Schmendrick's bone-dry line reads are hysterical, and Molly Gru is as delightful as the book would let you think, but the pacing hits a brick wall when we get to Haggard's castle, and most of the pop-culture songs are simply painful (maaaaaan's roooaaaaad). It doesn't age well if you didn't grow up with it, tragically.

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biffblack
Oct 15, 2016

Awful. Depressing. The endless pop songs on the soundtrack are DREADFUL. I can't imagine any normal, healthy child liking this gloomy, so-called children's movie.

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Nords
Jan 17, 2012

This classic holds up really well. Especially the voice acting (amazing) and the music by the band "America". Everyone remembers watching this back in elementary school 25 years ago and it is fun to see it again. My 4 year old daughter enjoyed it but there are some scary scenes with the Harpy and the red bull. Very moving story.

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Jul 30, 2019

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