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Kevin7 asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

What is the film The Last Unicorn?

with voice of Mia Farrow and others

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    The Last Unicorn is a 1982 fantasy film produced by Rankin/Bass for ITC Entertainment and animated by Topcraft. The film is based on the novel of the same name written by Peter S. Beagle, who also wrote the film's screenplay. The Last Unicorn is about a unicorn who, upon learning that she is the last unicorn in the world, goes on a quest to find out what has happened to the others of her kind.

    The film features the voices of Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin, Tammy Grimes, Angela Lansbury, Jeff Bridges, and Christopher Lee. The musical score and the songs were composed and arranged by Jimmy Webb, and performed by the group America with additional vocals provided by Lucy Mitchell. The film earned $2,250,000 on its opening weekend and grossed $6,455,330 domestically.[1]

    Peter S. Beagle is currently in a public conflict with Granada International, successor to ITC Entertainment, seeking to be paid what he feels he is contractually owed for the film from video and DVD sales, other distribution, and merchandising.

    In an enchanted forest, a unicorn learns that she is the last of her kind and decides to embark on a quest to learn what has become of the other unicorns. The Unicorn discovers from the addled dialogue of a butterfly that a demonic animal called the Red Bull has herded all of her kind to the ends of the earth. Venturing into unfamiliar territory beyond the safety of her forest home, she begins a journey to find them and bring them back. Along the way she is captured for a time by the witch Mommy Fortuna, and is put on display in the cages of the witch's Midnight Carnival. While most of the attractions there are simply normal animals with a spell of illusion placed on them, Fortuna has managed to capture the immortal harpy, Celaeno, as well. The Unicorn eventually escapes (and in the process, frees Celaeno, who kills Fortuna and her henchman) with the help of an incompetent magician in Fortuna's employ, Schmendrick, and later gains a second traveling companion, Molly Grue, the care-worn lover of bandit leader Captain Cully of Greenwood Forest. When the Unicorn nears the seaside castle of King Haggard, supposed keeper of the Red Bull, she comes face to face with the Bull (which turns out to be a monstrous fire elemental) and runs, afraid. At the last moment before her final surrender and capture, Schmendrick's unpredictable magic transforms her into a mortal woman. In this human guise, the Red Bull is uninterested in her and departs.

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