The Last Unicorn (1982)




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A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world's unicorns.
Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Jensen Farley Pictures

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Alan Arkin
as Schmendrick
Mia Farrow
as Unicorn/Amalthea
Jeff Bridges
as Prince
Angela Lansbury
as Mommy Fortuna
Robert Klein
as Butterfly
Tammy Grimes
as Mommy Fortuna
Christopher Lee
as King Haggard
Keenan Wynn
as Capt. Cully
Paul H. Frees
as Talking Cat
Rene Auberjonois
as Speaking Skull
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Critic Reviews for The Last Unicorn

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (2)

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery.

August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

Classic '80s animated fantasy has some scary moments.

Full Review… | June 23, 2015
Common Sense Media

Would the act of giving The Last Unicorn an average rating be tantamount to kicking a puppy?

Full Review… | June 11, 2015
Creative Loafing

Holds a forlorn, poetic beauty that separates it from the more conventional family-targeted animated features of its time—or any era, for that matter.

Full Review… | June 8, 2015

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

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.
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
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
Dean King

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