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Desc:Should I watch this movie?
Category:Classic Movies, Pets & Animals
Tags:creepy, the last unicorn, harpy
Submitted:poorwill
Date:04/03/16
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Comment count is 35
memedumpster
Have you ever wanted Ovid to be your dungeon master? The answer to one is the answer to the other.
poorwill
yes, actually

baleen
I loved it when I was 7 but man does it suck.
Old_Zircon
This was the first movie I saw in the theater but I was so young I only really remembered the colors and that my parents didn't seem to like it.


Watched it as an adult, it's pretty bad.


Definitely worth watching.

Old_Zircon
This is the same movie with the drinking skeleton, isn't it?

I definitely remember seeing that in something or other when I was very young.

Nominal
Yes, the drinking skeleton is in here and he was by far the most disturbing part of the movie.

Until I rewatched this recently, the only things I remembered were the bull and the skeleton.

Miss Henson's 6th grade class
The rock band America did the soundtrack!

cognitivedissonance
Naw, there's some fantastic character design and background work. Shmendrick is an amazing design.

Nominal
The skeleton used to be on here but the link is dead. I updated it.

Old_Zircon
I think I need to rewatch this again.

Old_Zircon
Ok, I started, I must have just not been in the right mood last time.

Xenocide
Drinking Skeleton was played by Odo from Deep Space Nine, too!

The Mothership
Same as OZ for me, this was an early theater viewing, and all I remember is being scared during the film, but happy when the end score rolled the credits cause I thought it was a nice tune.

and Drinky-Bones the skeleton is - in retrospect - a really funny bit.

Nominal
Too young to have seen it in the theater, but I do remember renting it over a dozen times from the video store. This and Dark Crystal probably made up 75% of my video rentals in the 80s.

Nominal
Drinking skeleton gets the best creepy shouting scene in a fairy tale movie since the "boo" woman in Princess Bride.

Old_Zircon
The Dark Crystal was the best.

Old_Zircon
Although my most watched late childhood/early puberty stuff was a tossup between Labyrinth, Pee Wee's Big Adventure and Big Trouble in Little China, until they were overtaken by Aliens (around 6th grade, watched it so many times in middle school I don't even know).

Old_Zircon
Incidentally, the "boo" woman in the Princess Bride, was that her real voice? Becasue she sounded EXACTLY like Frank Oz, especially when he voiced Aughra in the Dark Crystal, and even as a kid I always suspected he ADRed the voice (well, as a kid I thought she was the voice actress who did Aughra because I was too young to pay attention to credits).

Karen Prell (the junk lady in Labyrinth and a bunch of Fraggle Rock extras) would be my second guess.

StanleyPain
Aughra was voiced by Billie Whitelaw.

Nikon
See it. It's very moody and affecting.
rustedmutt
I once went backstage at a trained bird show...one of the birds was a massive andean condor sitting in a cage where she sat between performances.

She was enormous and enjoyed showing off to new people by spreading her wings (about 9 ft wingspan) and arching her neck while making this otherworldly grunt-hissing.

Immediately reminded me of this scene.

She was *awesome* and utterly terrifying.
rustedmutt
TLDR: Harpies are much more impressive in person.

Binro the Heretic
Have you read the book? If the answer is "no" then go ahead and watch the movie. It's not great , but not awful. It's got some really good voice performances in it and the art style is great.

If you've read the book, then, yeah, maybe go ahead and still watch it. Just go in expecting most of the good elements to be cut out.
cognitivedissonance
It's an incredibly dark book.

Old_Zircon
The art style is definitely great but it definitely suffers many of the same flaws of tone that Rankin and Bass's Hobbit did.

If the tone had been closer to something like Watership Down (the film) and they'd ditched the songs (sorry America, your first two albums were some of the best Neil Young ripoffs going but I don't think your presence was good for this) it would have been a lot more satisfying. Watership Down was disappointing compared to the book (which was my favorite book for quite a few years when I was really young, from maybe 4 until 1st grade, and is still up there, furries be damned) but it's still pretty good and hits a great level of darkness where the characters and story have real weight but it's still kid friendly.

NancyDrewFan123
There's a scene where the old Bandit Queen is cursing the unicorn out for showing up in her life after she's old and worn and used up and it was too fuckin' real.

The movie is like.... what I imagine the dude's who spray painted wizards and dragons on the side of their vans back on the day dreamed of, and I mean that in a good way. Very of it's time but not like normal fairy tales or fantasy.
Binro the Heretic
That was the best scene of the movie. That's sort of what the book was like and what the whole movie should have been like.

It was the head-on collision of fantasy with reality and neither one made it out without injury.

Xenocide
This clip removes the creepy old gypsy lady's main motivation: She not only knows that the harpy will break out and kill her one day, she WANTS it to. Because the harpy can't ever die, but it will always remember that the gypsy lady captured it. And as she puts it, "that's my immortality."

The whole movie is about how people deal with death, all set up by having the protagonist be while everyone else is not. There's the unicorn's despair at the prospect of becoming human ("I can feel this body dying!") and Molly's anger at the unicorn for appearing to her when she's already become old. At the end Shmendrick ruminates on how the unicorn will still be around long after humans have died out and all that remains of our history is a few "fairy tales told by rabbits."

It's a rare movie that ruminates on the ephemeral so much, especially a low budget cartoon movie from the 80's. And it does it all without being overly dark or depressing.

So yes, see it.
Nominal
Has any recent kids movie come close to touching stuff like this or Watership Down?

The closest we get are Coraline and Paranorman :(

Kid Fenris
Yep, see the movie. Also buy the book, and then the sequel. Peter S. Beagle is monumentally underrated.
Nominal
Geez I keep forgetting how famous the cast was.

That old woman is Angela Lansbury!

Unicorn is Mia Farrow.

Magician Alan Arkin.

Later on you get Christopher Lee and Jeff Bridges.
Binro the Heretic
Don't forget Brother Theodore and Rene Auberjonois.

StanleyPain
The movie is a great adaptation of the book, but it hasn't aged that well. I mean, it's really well animated and artistic and everything, but I just can't watch it anymore. (whereas plenty of other movies I loved as a kid I can still enjoy)
joelkazoo
I saw this at way too young of an age and the tree with the gigantic boobs permanently fucked me up.
Mother Lumper
I love those baggy harpy titties.
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