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The Last Unicorn (1982)




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

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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.

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

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (4)

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 It's full of rich ideas and revisions of outdated, sexist stereotypes, and thereby feels more modern than many animated classics.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 12, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

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

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

Super Reviewer

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