This is an especially wonderful production cel from 1982's The Last Unicorn. It's especially great to find a cel that's so dramatically posed and framed. This also happens to be my favorite moment in the film, when a middle-aged woman comes face-to-face with an object of her childhood fantasies, and can only see heartbreak and loss. The unicorn becomes a symbol of her lost youth and lost dreams. Then she erupts in anger and frustration, and you can't help but feel sympathy for her.
This sense of loss, of matching the fairy tale fantasy with the cold realities of adulthood, is what gives The Last Unicorn its gravitas. Peter S. Beagle deconstructs the traditional fairy tale myths without becoming jaded, cynical or nihilistic. He still feels a nostalgic kinship with his characters and his world; an anti-Watchman, when you think about it.
Overall, I thought this was a very, very good movie. I could have done without all the cheesy song numbers; I think Beagle's story works without it. This isn't a Disney fable and it doesn't try to be. If there's an eye towards Walt's classic fables, then it's aimed at the rear view mirror, fading fast.
daniel thomas Categories: independent animation, screenshots...sorta