For some reason I had never heard of this animated film until I moved to Germany, where it usually comes on tv over the Christmas Holidays.
A Rankin/Bass production from 1982, it features the voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, and Christopher Lee. The band America performed some of the main songs for the soundtrack.
I loved this film from the very first time I saw it, and on the surface I found it a bit strange that it was being played during the holidays, instead of a more “classic” children’s Christmas movie – say, like, Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer (also a Rankin/Bass production).
It is dark and scary, and many people seem to remember being scared half out of their wits when they watched it as young children. I can imagine why. The journey is long and dangerous, and at times it seems as though having any semblance of hope is simply too much to ask.
Without giving too much away, the focus of this story is not on the sort of romantic love that is only shared between two people. It is the sort of love, support and respect that every living thing should have in common, which is emphasised. I find it especially beautiful during these short dark days (erm, in the northern hemisphere), and now it’s perfectly obvious to me as to why it’s on tv this time of year.
Looking back on 2017 there were many dark and scary moments that were survived by brave and hopeful people. Now that 2018 is here, let us share even more hope and light with each other, regardless of who or where we are.
Happy New Year!
If you have time for it, here’s a link to the lovely animated story of The Last Unicorn: