Re-Watch: The Last Unicorn (1982)

The Last Unicorn
Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Writer: Peter S. Beagle
Based on: Peter S. Beagle’s novel
Cast: Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes, Jeff Bridges, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Rene Auberjonois, Robert Klein
Seen on: 20.7.2015
[Here’s my first review of the film.]

Plot:
The Unicorn (Mia Farrow) hears that she is supposed to be the last in the world, the rest of the unicorns having been chased by the Red Bull. At first, she doesn’t believe those news and she decides to go looking for the others. But as she scours the lands, she doesn’t find them. Instead she hears more stories about King Haggard (Christopher Lee) and his Red Bull. Joined by Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), a rather inept wizard, and Molly (Tammy Grimes), a former robber, they make their way to the castle to find out about the unicorns.

They brought The Last Unicorn on a cinematic tour to Vienna. Peter S. Beagle was supposed to accompany the film, but it appears he fell sick, unfortunately. But in his place, they showed interviews with him and some other people who were involved in the making of the film, which was also very interesting.

It was the first time I saw the film in English, not German, and the first time I saw it in the cinema, and the first time I saw it after reading the book and somehow all three things took a bit of getting used to.

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Re-Watch: The Last Unicorn (1982)

The Last Unicorn
Director: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Writer: Peter S. Beagle
Based on: his novel
Cast: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee

Plot:
The Unicorn (Mia Farrow) hears that she is supposed to be the last in the world, the rest of the unicorns having been chased by the Red Bull. At first, she doesn’t believe those news and she decides to go looking for the others. But as she scours the lands, she doesn’t find them. Instead she hears more stories about King Haggard (Christopher Lee) and his Red Bull. Joined by Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), a rather inept wizard, and Molly (Tammy Grimes), a former robber, they make their way to the castle to find out about the unicorns.

I am honestly not sure how many times I have seen this film. It’s older than I am and it has been with me through my entire childhood (we used to watch it at least once a year, usually around Christmas). I hadn’t seen it for a while now, so I was very glad when the film still carried the same magic for me as it did back then.

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The Flight of Dragons (1982)

The Flight of Dragons is a movie by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr., based on the novel of the same name by Peter Dickinson and The Dragon and the George by Gordon R. Dickson. It stars the voices of John Ritter, Harry Morgan, Victor Buono, James Gregory and James Earl Jones.

Plot:
Carolinus (Harry Morgan) is a wizard in a world where magic is slowly crowded out by technical advancement and science. He gets together with his three brothers to decide on a course to save the magical world, but one of them, Ommadon (James Earl Jones), wants to see humanity enslaved by its machinery and with that, he starts a war. Carolinus calls on Peter (John Ritter), a young scientist and dragon-afficionado from the future to help them save the world by going on a quest.

The Flight of Dragons is not the subtlest of films. It has one question it asks and explores, that of science vs. magic and it’s quite relentless in the pursuit of an answer and pretty obvious in its imagery. With all the focus on this, other things are a bit lost, such as a decent voice-acting cast or character development. In short, I’ve heard good things about the film but I don’t see its appeal.

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