Another good animated fantasy classic - America's soundtrack sounds so nice it'd make me shed a tear or two, the animation on the Unicorn & Lady Amalthea is wonderful, the entire voice castings had some good choices to portray, and parts of it were made in Japan as well. I now would like to read the original novel next. (Awesome transformation scene near the end, btw.)
The animation is beautiful, and it builds to an interesting climax. But I did not enjoy the voice acting, and HATED the America songs. And the pacing was generally a little off. Like much 80s animation, it is simultaneously charming and annoying.
Animated fantasy with a darker edge to it and a likable title song, but not much really happens. The animation varies between good to poor and the film is dragged down by lackluster songs. Christopher Lee, Angela Landsbury and Mia Farrow do nice voice work but this is mainly for fans of the book and animation in general.
A gorgeously animated allegory for the different states and conditions of faith and lack there of, which arcs its character in such a way that suggests divinity need be tempered by certain human emotions in order to be motivated and practical enough to repel evil. Voice acting can be hit or miss (Angela Lansbury does wickedly well in her part), but everything comes together pretty okay on the whole.
I think I saw a comment on Reddit in which the user was genuinely surprised to find out that this animation actually existed and wasn't just a part of a fever dream they had as a child. I experienced a similar feeling rewatching this as an adult.
"And darling, we will be fine; but what was yours and mine
appears to me a sandcastle
that the gibbering wave takes.
But if it’s all just the same, then will you say my name;
say my name in the morning, so that I know when the wave breaks.
I wasn’t born of a whistle, or milked from a thistle at twilight.
No; I was all horns and thorns, sprung out fully formed, knock-kneed and upright."
i loved this movie as a kid. but later on, after i read the book by peter s. beagle and watched the movie again i didn't like it as much. the book is a real gem. a must read for everyone who liked this movie.