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screenplay by Peter S. Beagle, based on his novel
directed by Arthur Rankin, Jr. and Jules Bass
by Walter Chaw Rankin & Bass' typically sloppy adaptation of Peter S. Beagle's classic The Last Unicorn (adapted for the screen by Beagle himself) is terribly voiced and animated, even by the '70s Bakshi/flash-frozen/Saturday-morning conveyor belt standard. The melancholy poetry of Beagle's novel, rife with dread and the vertiginous feeling of falling into chaos, is notable for its similarity to the big eye, little mouth of traditional anime but falls short of that gold standard in terms of performance and detail. Mouths don't move, backgrounds are static and recycled, and it doesn't help that the colours on the print making it to the DVD format look as though they'd been left in the front window for too long.