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Blu-ray review: ‘The Last Unicorn'

Blu-ray review: “The Last Unicorn.” 1982 animated fantasy film comes to Blu-ray.
Published: March 18, 2011

“The Last Unicorn,” based on the book by Peter S. Beagle, is a wistful fantasy that moves at its own pace. The well-characterized fantasy is a good example of 2-D animation of the 1980s.

Upon learning she may be the last unicorn, a female unicorn (voiced by Mia Farrow) goes on a quest to find the rest of her race. She's captured by an evil witch (Angela Lansbury), then saved by the bumbling magician Schmendrick (Alan Arkin).

Going through Greenwood Forest, they meet up with Molly Grue (Tammy Grimes), who berates the unicorn for not arriving when she was young and beautiful and dreamed of meeting a unicorn. Still, she joins them in their quest. When they near the castle of King Haggard (Christopher Lee), they are beset by the Red Bull. As the unicorn is about to be captured, Schmendrick uses his magic to turn the unicorn into a young woman. The Red Bull has no interest in her as a human, and the three escape.

At King Haggard's castle, Schmendrick introduces the now-human unicorn as his niece Lady Amalthea. Haggard's kingdom has largely gone to seed — the only remaining people are King Haggard, his adopted son, Lir (Jeff Bridges), and a few guards. He agrees to put the trio up, with Schmendrick replacing his court magician, and Molly Grue working as a scullery maid.

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