The Last Unicorn (1982)


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Movie Info

A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.

Rating: G
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Peter S. Beagle
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 15, 2004
Jensen Farley Pictures


as Schmendrick

as Unicorn/Amalthea

as Mommy Fortuna

as Butterfly

as Mommy Fortuna

as King Haggard

as Capt. Cully

as Speaking Skull
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Critic Reviews for The Last Unicorn

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

Some horrific moments (the mark of the best fairytales) and some sublimely witty lines.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

We don't see stories like this anymore. In point of fact, we never did... which makes this movie all the more wonderful.

Full Review… | January 16, 2015

Nearly everyone who waxes rhapsodic over The Last Unicorn starts off noting how they 'grew up' on the film.

Full Review… | August 8, 2007
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Weighted with moments of surprising power yet undone by crazed-crank nickelodeon pacing.

Full Review… | April 29, 2004
Film Freak Central

The Last Unicorn is sure to be a rare treat for lovers of fantasy.

Full Review… | February 4, 2004
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for The Last Unicorn

The rare case of an animated childhood classic that looks and feels dated now but still oozes of the feeling you had when you watched it for the first time. Especially America's original songs give the story of the last unicorn facing its biggest threat a very unique atmosphere, giving it all a sweet melancholy that works fantastic together with the nicely animated magic forests and landscapes. Some other scenes are downright spooky for kids, but of course there is humor too. The story starts out strong and atmospheric and then loses a bit of its drive once the characters reach their destination. After that rather slow part, the exciting ending does a lot of things right again and makes it an overall very pleasing and sweet experience, even after all these years.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

The Last Unicorn is possibly the best of the Rankin/Bass animated features. It holds up surprisingly well and carries more warmth and weight than most of its counterparts. The superb voice cast is only the tip of the iceberg. There's a great little story here based on a great little book. The film itself was slightly censored for home video releases, but thankfully the new Blu-ray release amends that with two different viewing options. It's a nice little fairy tale that manages to surpass its own source material to become a classic.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

An impressive voice cast with a touching story, although a bit dated now visually. Will mainly appeal to a very young audience.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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