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Unico (1981)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 14 March 1981 (Japan)
A story about how joy and happiness can be the most powerful weapon ever. A young unicorn is ordered to be taken from his home by the gods. They are envious of little Unico's power to bring... See full summary »

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Cast

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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 ...
West
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Storyline

A story about how joy and happiness can be the most powerful weapon ever. A young unicorn is ordered to be taken from his home by the gods. They are envious of little Unico's power to bring joy and happiness everywhere he goes. Come see the power of friendship triumph over all, in Unico. Written by mrs_s04

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14 March 1981 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

The Fantastic Adventures of Unico  »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Unico: Huh? Why do I have to go?
Beezle: Because I am the Devil of Solitude, that's why.
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Connections

Followed by Uniko: Mahô no shima e (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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