Animation Beyond Disney
For decades, Disney cornered the animation market, but with the death of Walt Disney came to their downfall. This collapse opened up avenues for new animation companies to arrive on the scene.
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
Starring: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee
What I Like
The animation is breathtaking. From the landscapes to the action scenes. It draws into this fantasy realm and never releases.
The music in all aspects is tremendous. It flows beautifully from scene to scene like a great piece of art.
Not everyone loves a star-studded voice cast and I can understand why. However, I’ll never say no to a film that features the voices of Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee, Alan Arkin, and Jeff Bridges. Each character’s voice is very fitting and soothing for their role.
I happen to think the entire cast of characters are interesting and more well-rounded than other animated films. Many of them grow in some fashion from start to finish.
I love the feel of this film. It gives me a very whimsical and uplifting feeling. I could imagine watching this film when I was sick or having a really bad day. Just easing my troubles away and there is something profoundly beautiful to it.
What I Don’t Like
If the film has a flaw, it is an awkward script. At times it is redundant and ill-fitting.
The characters do grow and there is an epiphany in the film, but it runs very shallow. I feel the film could have driven their point deeper.
Even without being a Disney film, there still happens to be several moments and or suggestions involving wine and or getting drunk.
There have always been other non-Disney animated entities out there since the creation of movies. However, this was the first animated film for myself and my family to break into our circulation. With its beautiful animation and soothing melodies, it tells a fantastic tale.
The Animation Ladder
The Jungle Book (1967)
101 Dalmations (1961)
The Last Unicorn (1982)
Robin Hood (1973)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/snow-white-and-the-seven-dwarfs/
Cinderella (1950)- https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/cinderella-1950/
Lady and the Tramp (1955)
The Black Cauldron (1985)
Sword in the Stone (1963)
Fox and the Hound (1981)
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
The Great Mouse Detective (1986)
The Rescuers (1977)
The Sleeping Beauty (1959)-https://andrewthemovieguy714.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/animation-evolution-sleeping-beauty-1959/