The Last Unicorn to Return

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.

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4 Responses to “The Last Unicorn to Return”

  1. Aaron B. Says:

    Interesting way to spend five million bucks, but I suppose if its his film…

  2. Luna Says:

    Thanks the writer Peter S. Beagle for the noval and also all the manga workers, a more technical advanced “The Last Unicorn” is returning. Hope this will be another peak for the anime world. Actualy I know the manga has a very good theme, which is about being on the path to know oneself and know the world on the way to find friends, love and etc.. And I also love the song sing this manga, sung by Declan Galbraith, also the same as the manga”The Last Unicorn”. Very beautiful.

  3. princejarethh Says:

    It’s funny how you call an American animated movie a “manga”, when manga is a Japanese comic. Also ANIME is a Japanese cartoon. :D

    Novel = story book manga = Japanese comic reading from right to left

  4. Kymera Says:

    @princejarethh: There IS a graphic novel adaptation of the original book. Luna is half correct and probably not confusing animation with a comic book. But… again, only half. The graphic novel was published by IDW and the artists do not appear to be Japanese.

    I like the comic quite a bit. It tells the story smoothly and there is just enough of the original anime designs to make me nostalgic, but enough is still different to make it still interesting to read.

    Sigh… I really need to find out if this is coming to my city. I wasn’t even born when it was released the first time.

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