The Last Unicorn, one of the best animated films ever made, is getting a massive improvement overhaul and will be released in theaters! It was made by Topcraft, the Japanese studio that animated Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind two years later.
It’s such a beautiful movie! If you haven’t watched it, don’t let its ‘gay’ title make you think it’s a dumb movie for little girls. It’s actually awesome; it’s full of fantasy and magic. It’s an instant favorite for any fan of the fantasy genre. The soundtrack is good too, if you don’t mind a 70’s-ish melody. Here’s its opening
Here’s the full article about this:
In its latest e-mail newsletter, Conlan Press has formally announced that the 1982 animated film The Last Unicorn will be getting a theatrical re-release next year. “Starting early next year and running through the middle of 2013, there will be more than 80 special digital theater screenings of The Last Unicorn taking place in America, Canada, Great Britain, and Germany. [Last Unicorn author] Peter [S. Beagle] will be at every one of these events to do audience Q&A, meet people, and sign stuff.”
Furthermore, the film will also be getting a five-million dollar digital overhaul. “Not remastering, mind you, but renovating: going through The Last Unicorn from end to end and top to bottom, spending five million dollars to upgrade the special visual effects and soundtrack, smooth out and improve character animation, finish background paintings that were never completed, and add five to eight minutes of entirely new shots and sequences that will bring the story to a whole new level. And when the work is done, this wonderful new 30th Anniversary Version will be given a worldwide theatrical release in both 2D and 3D.”
The 1982 film was produced by American production company Rankin/Bass Productions and animated by Topcraft, the Japanese studio that animated Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind two years later.
Source: AnimeNation Blog
SHAKING AND CRYING
Wow! And I can actually be excited about this because they finally worked out the royalties with Peter S. Beagle, meaning he’ll actually make money from this. (Yes up until very recently Peter Beagle didn’t see a dime from the movie of The Last Unicorn or any of it’s related merchandise due to some true fuckery.)
BTW much as I love the movie (Mia Farrow’s singing aside) everyone should read the book because it is truly one of the most heartbreakingly beautiful books I’ve ever read.