The villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to destroy all the world’s unicorns. When a young unicorn (Mia Farrow) learns that she’s in danger and may soon be the last of her kind, she leaves the safety of her protected forest and enlists the help of Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), a gentle, albeit clumsy, sorcerer. Together, they embark on a long and dangerous journey with one goal: to defeat Haggard and save the unicorns from extinction.
In an era dominated by dungeons and dragons, this animated fairytale has stood the test of time through its visual creativity and star-studded voice cast that also includes Jeff Bridges and Angela Lansbury. Directors Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin Jr. may be better recognized for their holiday-themed TV specials from the 1960s and ’70s (Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman among them), but as one of their last collaborations together, The Last Unicorn deserves its own spotlight.