Quest for Camelot

  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998

Common Sense Media says

Animated musical has a few tense scenes.
  • Review Date: August 1, 2005
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1998

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What parents need to know

Violence & scariness

Good guy killed. Tense scenes.

Sexy stuff

None

Language

None

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

None

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has no inappropriate content for kids but younger or more sensitive kids may be disturbed by a few tense scenes, and a scene in which a good guy is killed.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

QUEST FOR CAMELOT centers on a young girl named Kayley, who dreams of being a knight like her father, who was killed defending King Arthur from the brutal Ruber. When Ruber steals Excalibur from Camelot, Kayley goes into the forbidden forest to find it. There she meets Garrett, a squire befriended by her late father, who left Camelot after he became blind. Joined by a two-headed dragon, they find the sword and fight Ruber to return Excalibur to Arthur.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This is the first attempt by Warner Brothers, home of Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck, to get into Disney territory with a full-length animated musical drama, and it is a step in the right direction, even if it does not match Disney or even non-Disney features like Anastasia. The movie's greatest strength is the first-class talent providing the voices: Cary Elwes as Garrett, Jane Seymour and Gabriel Byrne as Kayley's parents, Don Rickles and Monty Python's Eric Idle as the dragon, and (all too briefly) Sir John Gielgud as Merlin.

The animation has some good moments, especially a sleepy ogre. The heroine and hero are spirited if a bit too generic. But with the exception of the dragon's cute duet, the songs add little and slow down the story. Themes worth discussing include the importance of cooperation, loyalty, and the strengths of those considered disabled.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of cooperation, loyalty, and the strengths of those considered disabled.

Movie details

Theatrical release date:May 15, 1998
DVD release date:October 20, 1998
Cast:Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, Pierce Brosnan
Director:Frederik Du Chau
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Music and sing-along
Run time:86 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Adult Written byAshnak April 9, 2008
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5
QUALITY
 

Great Kids Movie

This is an excellent kids movie worth seeing.

Teen, 14 years old Written byiheartchocolate198 December 23, 2009
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10
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I do not remember a lot of it, so I am probably not going to give the best review. I remember that I loved this movie as a kid.

Adult Written bynduns July 20, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

A fun movie that'll keep kids entertained

But like most Disney ripoffs, it's lacking the depth of what made the films it's trying to be like work. This movie starts with a great premise: a woman and a blind man becoming knights. That is a brilliant idea. Too bad they didn't handle it well enough. For starters, there is only one occasion in which Garret's blindness actually hinders his performance. The rest of the time, you can't even tell if he's blind or not. Also, 90% of the time, Kayley is useless. Even during the final battle, she's still not that good, and this is the girl who wants to be different and prove that women can be knights? Try again, writers. There's slowly developing a character into a true hero and then there's stopping half-way. That said though, the songs, with the exception of the villain song for some reason, are fantastic and the action scenes are entertaining. It's not great but it's worth a look.

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Too much violence

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