THE PLOT THUS FAR
A brave unicorn and a magician fight an evil king who is obsessed with attempting to capture the world’s unicorns.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
Based on the Peter Beagle novel, this animated tale follows a unicorn (Mia Farrow) who believes she’s the last of her species and is searching high and low for someone just like her. All the while, she must avoid the evil Red Bull. He’s believed to be the one who killed off the rest of her kind. Along the way, she’s disregarded and harassed, but finally finds solace in a magician (Alan Arkin) and a knight named Prince Lir. There are physical layers being filmed in Snow White era stop=motion to show depth. Its gorgeous and tactile. The trees appear two dimensional and three dimensional at the same time and it’s magic. Next up, we have some relatively human men ride through this wood with a prologue of sorts: We live in a rational world and all the unicorns are dead, isn’t that a pity? Except, these woods are weird? Thank creation (not god) there is one unicorn left in the world.
The audience now knows that the world is almost without unicorns. Allegorically, science has killed fancy and there are people who regret this. Further, with the established meaning of unicorns in symbolism being innocence, the world is almost completely ruined beyond innocence. Immediately we meet with the most innocent of creatures, the one that is fictional. We have a short soliloquy where she comes to first terms with the annihilation of her species, and the mystery involved in it. Her first interaction with another creature is half a conversation with a butterfly. The butterfly’s personality resembles many a nutcase throughout literature. All he does is spout off snippets of poetry and music. After listening to something like gibberish which only loosely follows the unicorn’s own external monologue, she embarks on a Gilgamesh/Joseph Campbell quest.
The Blu-Ray comes with a loaded combo pack that includes a DVD copy. There’s a fun set-top game that’s easy to play, as well as a ton of featurettes that has been compiled over the last few decades. The original writer leads a commentary track, as fans provide a ton of art work that fills the special features. There’s even a ton of material about original writer Peter Beagle. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is flawless, while the transfer shows signs of its production age in HD. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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