The Last Unicorn – Lost in Adaptation

The Dom compares the Rankin Bass film to the novel by Peter S Beagle.

About The Dom

Reviewer of games, TV shows and movies. The Dom also likes to look at film adaptations of books and talk about what got lost transitioning from page to screen.

14 comments

  1. I didn’t know that The Last Unicorn was a book. I’ve never read the book or seen the movie. I wonder if there was any controversy with the movie’s boobs.

    • Not that I’ve ever heard of. The sorts of parents who would freak out over that wouldn’t show a genre movie like this to their children in the first place. My parents are not Auntie Mame avant garde and they had no problem with the film.

      Fantastic movie. The script streamlines many of the speeches and makes them more poignant subsequently (Though it was rather dumb to keep the “four men-at-arms” line in when they were cut from the story). The voice performances are spot-on and special praise must go to Christopher Lee and Tammy Grimes.

      The soundtrack doesn’t carry the film all alone but if it had to, it could; If the film was overall a steaming pile of crap, its existence would be worthwhile just for that untouchable music.

    • I Am Groot!

    • HROUUUM! HRRRUUM!! DOOOON’T BEEEEEE HAAAAASSSSTTYYYY!

    • Despite common opinion that animation is for kids, it newer was only for them especially in 80’ties when it still was a niche and many works like Don Bluth trilogy, Watership Down, Ringing Bell, Rescue at Midnight Castle or even several Disney animations were quite dark (obviously Hannah Barbera TV animation was a shit crediting bad reputation). It wasn’t until 90’ties where from one hand due to Regan reforms animated toy commercials make animation popular again (ironically that increase TV shows quality). But in this same time due to streamlining animated movies we have Disney renesanse on one hand and wave of trashy exploitative animated movies on another what equalize situation between TV and full feature releases (around same time we have also anime revolution what pulled attention from niche mature western animation even more).

  2. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for doing this review!!!!!!! Saw the movie, read book and sequel. My father says the movie ruined me.

  3. “Sorry to keep HARPING on that!” – BA-DOM! TSSH!

  4. Fun fact: Christopher Lee spoke King Haggard in the german version too.

    • Truth: Christopher Lee was basically a real life James Bond before he became an actor. He worked for British Intelligence.

      On the set of Isengard for Return of the King, Peter Jackson was trying to give Mr. Lee some direction for his death scene, when he gets stabbed. And Mr. Lee just looked at him and basically said, “I know what a man who has been stabbed sounds like. Trust me.”

  5. I always assumed that the Skeleton drinking the wine was similar to an addict who goes through the mere motions of doing something that would get them an addictive buzz in some form. It’s less “I’m drunk off the wine” since it has nothing to drink or metabolize the wine, but is “my brain/thoughts say doing this makes me drunk when I do this thing, so doing this even when nothing will happen still gives pleasure”.

    Or I could be wrong.

  6. So, they had 3 choices;
    A) no boobs at all
    B) boobs on the beautifull woman who would in face be naked because she was a horse a second ago
    C) redesign the harpie so she’s even uglier than mythology and have boobs be the only “part human” part of her.

    Rackenbass did not make the same descision I would have.

  7. So, I never really got into this film as a kid (my sister was the one who loved it)… in fact, I only watched it a mere few years ago, and quite honestly, I fell asleep half way through it. Not because it’s bad, you understand, but the rose-tinted glasses of nostalgia were never there for me.

    That brings me onto my question, Dom… and while I tried and couldn’t see if you already had done it, but there was another Rankinbass movie that I DID watch as a kid, and is a favourite to this day, and I wondered if you’ll get around to doing it one day.

    The Flight of Dragons

    Aka, the adaptation based on a combination of a book by the same name by Peter Dickinson, and “The Dragon & The George”, by Gordon R. Dickson.

    Will you be reviewing that any time soon, please?

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