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Unico (1981)

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Unico the magical Unicorn is born with incredible powers that make people happy. But that angers some very jealous gods. They order the West Wind to cast the tiny Unicorn into exile and ... See full summary »


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Cast overview:
Katsue Miwa ...
Unico (voice)
Ryouko Kitamiya ...
Night (voice)
Kazuko Sugiyama ...
Chao (voice)
Junko Hori ...
Beezle (voice)
Makio Inoue ...
Baron (voice)
Iruka ...
Narrator (voice)
Taeko Nakanishi ...
Elder (voice)
Chieko Baishô ...


Unico the magical Unicorn is born with incredible powers that make people happy. But that angers some very jealous gods. They order the West Wind to cast the tiny Unicorn into exile and thus begins Unico's amazing adventures. He's whisked away to the Land of Mist on the Edge of the Earth where he teaches the meaning of friendship to Beezil. The pesky little Devil of Solitude. But Unico cannot stay. He journeys on to meet Katy a sad little kitty who dreams of becoming a witch. When Unico's magic transforms her into a beautiful girl she falls under the spell of a wicked count and a raging demon. Evil and hatred challenge Unico's powers of love. Written by Civonos

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Release Date:

14 March 1981 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico  »

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The character Unico first appeared in an ecologically-themed manga by Osamu Tezuka. See more »


Chao: I learned that stupid song from a little cat I used to know. I never liked it much... Do you have any fish, Sir? I'm hungry!
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Followed by Unico in the Island of Magic (1983) See more »

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Its strongest quality is that it reminds people of their youth.
20 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Don't get me wrong, that's a good thing. I must have been about 4 or when I first saw this movie. I don't really remember all that much of it. Just bits in pieces here and there, but I was interested enough to watch it again. Of course it was a very different experience now that I'm grown. As an adult and a movie enthusiast I've become accustomed to looking at things like quality and composition; something that no one really looks for when they're 4. Back then I just enjoyed colorful animation.

As an adult I have to rate this movie on certain things. I think that by today's standard, the quality of the animation is just OK. Although I noticed that even though it's almost 30 years old, some of it was actually quite ascetic. Personally, my favorite characters were the west and night winds. I really liked how they had been designed visually. However, there was a sort of ridiculousness in the style sometimes. Devils, unicorns, and talking animals aside, I thought it was kinda weird that the old woman had a nose the size of her entire head. There was also an odd quality to the voice acting that made it a bit clumsy.

There really wasn't too much plot. The main character just kinda got moved around against his will and tried to improve things for people wherever he went. So as an adult, this movie was a bit difficult for me to sit through, but keeping in mind that it was geared towards little children (and apparently did a good job of entertaining them as most of the comments I've read have been about how they loved this film as a child) Id have to say that this is actually a successful movie. Though not really big on production value, I did end up giving it a higher score than I would have if I had not seen it when I was a little kid.

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