Last Unicorn, The (1982, USA/GBR/JAP/GER) C-92m. *** D: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass. Starring (the voices of) Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Tammy Grimes, Robert Klein, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Keenan Wynn, Paul Frees, Rene Auberjonois. Dream-like animated fantasy about a unicorn, the last of its kind, who sets out to find others of its race and meets a king that is sending out a fiery red bull to capture every unicorn. Not always on-target, but creates a beautiful fantasy feel. Has become a cult item, especially among girls. Written by Peter S. Beagle, based on his novel. Beagle had also worked on the screenplay for LORD OF THE RINGS (1978). The Japanese animation team later worked for Hayao Miyazaki.

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