Don’t miss this very special screening of the classic 1982 animated fantasy The Last Unicorn, in a brand-new digitally restored version, featuring a live appearance by acclaimed author/screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, who will host a post-film Q&A . Copies of his novel The Last Unicorn and other merchandise will be available for sale and signing at the event.
“This animated fable is unexpectedly touching and memorable … a story filled with genuine sweetness and mystery.” – Janet Maslin, New York Times
Legendary Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Peter S. Beagle’s 1968 novel The Last Unicorn is regarded as one of the greatest all-time novels in the fantasy field. Since its first publication it has never been out of print in the US, and has sold over 6 million copies worldwide in over 25 languages. In 1982, an animated feature film written by Mr. Beagle, directed by Rankin & Bass (Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer), and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Christopher Lee, Mia Farrow, Alan Arkin and Angela Lansbury was released to theatres before going on to become a cult favorite on home video. In this enchanting film, a lone unicorn seeks out others like herself through a mystical land of talking cats and spellbinding magicians. In her search for other unicorns, the last unicorn encounters a cast of delightful characters as well as dangers she never imagined. Throughout the fantastic adventure, she learns of friendship, love, and most importantly, her true self.
Except for a handful of film festival and special appearances, The Last Unicorn has been relegated to home video since its original release in 1982. For many of its millions of fans, the small screen is the only way they’ve ever been able to see the film. Now author/screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, Conlan Press, and Europe’s ITV plc (the owner of the film) have joined forces to change that. For 8-12 days every month until the end of 2015, a beautiful new 2K digital print of The Last Unicorn will tour the world one movie theater at a time, with Peter S. Beagle himself at every screening to host audience Q&As, meet fans, and sign books, videos, art prints, soundtracks, and special new merchandise. In 2014 the tour will hit locations all around the United States, Canada, and Mexico, and jump across the Atlantic to screenings in Great Britain, Germany, and more. (Dir. by Jules Bass & Arthur Rankin Jr., 1982, USA, 92 mins., Rated G) Digital