Part 1: the Last Unicorn
I first saw this film when I was in my single digits. I was lost in the throes of Kindergarten and as such had no real grasp of animation per se, but this film stuck with me in the back recesses of my childhood mind.
It centers around the titular character, who ventures outside her forest to look for others of her kind. Along the way, she gathers companions (a magician named Schmendrick and Molly Grue, the old maid). Together they seek the Red Bull (who drove the other unicorns into the sea) and its master King Haggard.
I stumbled upon this film again at my local video store (DVD copy) and instantly remembered it. I bought it right then and there, and it went into my video backlog for a year or two.
Eventually I gave it a watch and was instantly enchanted! The animation is top notch, songs by America (the band, not the nation) and imaginative and memorable characters like Schmendrick and Molly Grue… can’t rave about the film enough!!
The film is based on a book by Peter S Beagle, which I admittedly have never read. There’s also a graphic novel that I do own (I skimmed it but haven’t given it a dedicated read)
In summation, I recommend the movie, book and GN to fans of fantasy, animation and romance. I will try to check in next week with another inspiration of mine…