Absolutely wonderful movie, BUT - this is not for kids!
The Last Unicorn has been one of my all-time favorite movies since I was about 11-12 years old. Even now, almost 2 decades later, this is still one of my favorites. It is whimsical, bittersweet, and will tug on your heart-strings; it delves deeply into themes that will resonate strongly with adults, such as the main villain being someone who suffers with apathy and depression, and his villainous actions stem from that struggle to overcome his own sorrow. You can understand and pity the villains, rather than simply seeing them as the 'evil to be defeated.' Even the unicorn pities him. There is a love story, but it (SPOILER) ends in separation, because the unicorn knows that she must return to her true form and save her species, therefore forever dividing her from the man she fell in love with as a human.
BUT PARENTS, MAKE NO MISTAKE. THIS IS NOT A KIDS MOVIE. There is a stoned/druggie butterfly, a twisted woman so obsessed with her own fame and infamy she willingly lets herself be torn apart by a harpy and laughs the whole time, a lonely skeleton who died from alcoholism and spends his undead existence desperately trying to get drunk again, a tree that gets turned into a big-breasted woman...thing and tries to suffocate a man with her boobs, etc. There is scary imagery - the harpy killing the old woman, the absolutely terrifying Red Bull, etc.
Despite the hilariously incorrect 'G' rating, this movie is very much an ADULT CARTOON.
But, please don't let that stop you from enjoying it. This is a lovely movie with many deep themes, and ends on a bittersweet note that will linger in your mind for years. It has some amazing lines, too:
"It's a very rare person who is taken for what he truly is."
"I am a little afraid to go home. I have been mortal, and some part of me is mortal yet. I am no longer like the others, for no unicorn was ever born who could regret, but I now I do. I regret."
"No. I cannot change you into something you are not."
"A happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story."
"But what if there isn't a happy ending?"
"There are no happy endings, because nothing ends."
This title contains:
Violence & scariness
Drinking, drugs & smoking