The Last Unicorn

1 h 32 min1982X-RayG
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.
Arthur Rankin Jr.Jules Bass
Mia FarrowAlan ArkinJeff Bridges
English [CC]
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Angela LansburyChristopher Lee
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KMReviewed in the United States on April 2, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie, but might be too scary for young kids
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I am one of those people who loved this movie as a kid but for me it still holds up to this day. It's not a perfect movie by any accounts, the animation swings between gorgeous and fluid and ugy and jittery at points, but is overall nice. The songs are good and unobtrusive, and aren't presented like a typical mysical, perhaps minus the one where the characters sing in the story itself. The plot is somewhat bare, stripped down from the deeper plot of the book, but its servicable for a kids move.

There are some darker parts to this movie that I think are pretty typical for films that came out in this time period. There are a few soft curse words and some parts that might scare smaller kids. The violence isn't graphic but it's not presented gently either, and there is some 'nudity'. I put that in quotes because you briefly see part of breasts on a monster character. It's not in the least bit sexual and I didn't even notice they were there until I was an adult. It's not something I think kids would even really notice, as they're mostly obscured and the movie doesn't put any particular emphasis on them.

One great thing about this movie is that you don't have to worry about there being potty humor and fart jokes every five seconds like there is in so many kids films today and there is what feels like real danger and scares as well as real beauty in the film. It's not for everyone but it's a wonderful movie that's well worth a try.
49 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Watched this when I was a kid. Still love it!
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This is the first movie I remember renting from a movie store. I think I was 5 or so. Then we bought it and it's pretty much all I watched growing up. I have a preschooler now and he's a pretty active little guy. He likes action animation movies so I wasn't sure he would like this. When I saw this I put it on more for me than for him but he was really into it! The music hooked him right away. The music is great if you haven't seen it. The animation is so beautiful and the colors and the story. I love everything about it. He loves it too so now we watch it together. The red bull parts are his favorite as he runs around the room and roars. This movie holds up even though it's older. So glad it's on prime.
40 people found this helpful
LaVona E.Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Ahh but I remember....
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I searched high and low for this movie without remembering the name. All i remebered was the line where the skeleton says "Ahhh, but I remember," when he was drinking the memory of wine!lol. I was so glad amazon had it, it bought back great memories for me and my brother. My children and niece and nephew enjoyed it too!
27 people found this helpful
BorReviewed in the United States on June 22, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Just beautiful
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I got the movie for my daughter who.has a growing interest in 80s fantasy type movies. This was my first time watching and I thought the animation was beautiful. I enjoyed the unicorn fantasy element. The music was pretty. It had a pretty good story that tended to get a little dark sometimes as these movies tend to do. The last unicorn was kind and innocent she was a great character who wanted to find the other unicorns even if it out her in grave danger. It's a type of animation and music you won't find in cartoons anymore. And I noticed the band America Did all of the music and it has a very pleasant flowy feel. I feel that cartoons of modern day don't project this type of beauty and innocence. Its a great movie.
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CrazydReviewed in the United States on April 19, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful... Best version of the movie I've seen
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Absolutely one of the best Animated Movies ever made; only a few Disney movies can compare with the soundtrack. To the point when 'The Orville' did a Cover of one of the more obscure songs I had not heard for years and I knew just where it was from and once the episode was over I looked up the movie once again. It was a great dedication to Jimmy Webb who was the composer for the music in 'The Last Unicorn'.

I use to watch on HBO back when I was young and even bought the Video Tape. None of the versions I've had have been as gorgeous as this one, even the DVD version I had wasn't this clean. The graphics for this movie have never been so beautiful. Spots still show up every now and then, but nothing as bad as it once was... the sound is very good.

The movie has always been a little dark for young children, but what else out their actually has Unicorns in it. A classic movie which could only be matched by Disney Studio's. Excellent cast including Angela Lansbury and music by America.
6 people found this helpful
Frank RebholzReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Forgotten Rankin/Bass Gem
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This was a film I watched once on Prime and was surprised to learn it was from Rankin/Bass! They were responsible for the classic televised Christmas specials like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Com’n to Town, The Little Drummer Boy etc. Aside from that, the animation is very close in feel to Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The plot in itself is interesting. The Unicorn is trying to find more of her own kind. While at the same time, she is curious in knowing of the mystical creature Red Bull. Soon, she is on an episodic adventure meeting a few human characters until discovering a small kingdom that might have the answers she seeks. Another high point in this film is that there is a lot of prominent voice actors. My favorite being Christopher Lee, followed by Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury and many more.
The only gripe I have about this film is that there are songs that detract the pacing of the plot and can be forgettable. Overall, I would consider giving this a watch. Not to say a classic but a curiosity for those interested in finding more Rankin/Bass movies. Even for a casual I would still consider this a watch. Rent it if you have to on Prime if interested.
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RuneReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic movie for all ages entertainment or mature intellectual exploration.
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Wonderful making of the Peter S Beagle book. The it is bittersweet quest story full of longing. Beagle has done a great job of writing a story, characters, and dialogue that are clever and can be experienced as light enough for a toddler or deep enough for a philosopher. There are themes of self identity, belonging, mortality, what it is to be known by yourself or others, growing up or transforming, what it is that makes anything true or real, love, regret, true sight vs illusions. You could even draw lots of comparisons to Christianity. There is no pat happy ending, and I love that. I hate closed structures and love infinite queries. It's just an entertaining cartoon, but, you could also mine it for its profound explorations infinitely. The soundtrack by America is one of the best.
4 people found this helpful
MeReviewed in the United States on March 8, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent nostalgia-inducing trip back to 1982
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Blu-Ray release restoration is gorgeous. The colors are probably quite a bit more vibrant than the original celluloid prints, but that's fine. I wanted to see the film as it was originally intended. The audio is clean, and the 5.1 mix is impressively detailed for such an old animated film. The dialog is completely intact, with Molly Grue's mild swearing present.

Highly recommended timeless story that only gets better with repeated viewings.
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