The Last Unicorn

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The Last Unicorn lacks the fluid animation to truly sparkle as an animated epic, but offbeat characters and an affecting story make it one of a kind for the true believers.

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In this animated musical, the villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to destroy all the world's unicorns. When a young unicorn (Mia Farrow) learns that she's in danger and that she may soon be the last of her kind, she leaves the safety of her protected forest and enlists the help of Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), a gentle, albeit clumsy, sorcerer. Together, they embark on a long and dangerous journey with one goal: to defeat Haggard and save the unicorns from extinction.

Cast & Crew

Alan Arkin
Schmendrick
Voice
Jeff Bridges
Prince Lir
Voice
Mia Farrow
Unicorn, Amalthea
Voice
Tammy Grimes
Molly Grue
Voice
Robert Klein
The Butterfly
Voice
Angela Lansbury
Mommy Fortuna
Voice
Christopher Lee
King Haggard
Voice
Keenan Wynn
Captain Cully
Voice
Paul Frees
Mabruk
Voice
Rene Auberjonois
The Skull
Voice
Martin Starger
Executive Producer
Michael Chase Walker
Associate Producer
Jimmy Webb
Original Music
Tomoko Kida
Film Editor
Peter S. Beagle
Screenwriter
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Critic Reviews for The Last Unicorn

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (6)

  • The Last Unicorn will endure as a film for reasons both intellectual and aesthetic. It's full of rich ideas and revisions of outdated, sexist stereotypes, and thereby feels more modern than many animated classics.

    June 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Alex McLevy

    AV Club
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  • The Last Unicorn represents a rare example of an animated kids' pic in which the script and vocal performances outshine the visuals.

    July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

    Variety Staff

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

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Geoff Andrew

    Time Out
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  • A story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery.

    August 30, 2004
  • Its charms hold up exceptionally well, in part because it grows along with its audience. Few stories carry that kind of power, and fewer pieces of animation can bring it so marvelously to life.

    June 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • While there's plenty in The Last Unicorn that appeals to fantasy nerds and stoner kids and little girls with dreams of lonely, enchanted unicorns, what makes this movie more special than anything Pixar or Disney ever imagined is fearlessness.

    June 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Last Unicorn

  • Aug 05, 2012
    Peter S. Beagle's beloved fantasy classic, The Last Unicorn, is brought to life in this Rankin/Bass animated film. When a unicorn learns that she could be the last of her kind, and that the others have been driven into the sea, she sets out on a quest to save them. Starring the voice talents of Mia Farrow, Jeff Bridges, Angela Lansbury, and Christopher Lee, the film has a strong cast. However, the animation is weak and doesn't have much depth or texture to it. And, the soundtrack by America doesn't really work. Yet despite the flaws, The Last Unicorn still carries the enchantment and spirit of Beagle's original tale.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2010
    An interesting story about a unicorn, I didn't get to see the end, though, so I want to see the rest sometime. So far, I thought it was okay.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2010
    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 S Super Reviewer
  • May 15, 2009
    I remembered it better when I was a kid...not so great when I rewatched it.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer

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