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Quest for Camelot (1998)

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An adventurous girl, a young blind hermit and a goofy two headed dragon race to find the lost sword Excalibur to save King Arthur and Camelot from disaster.

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Kayley (voice)
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Kayley (singing voice)
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Garrett (voice)
Bryan White ...
Garrett (singing voice)
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Ruber (voice)
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Devon (voice)
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Cornwall (voice)
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Juliana (voice)
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Juliana (singing voice) (as Celine Dion)
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King Arthur (voice)
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King Arthur (singing voice)
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Griffin (voice)
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Bladebeak (voice)
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Lionel (voice)
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Merlin (voice) (as Sir John Gielgud)
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During the times of King Arthur, the story of an adventurous brave girl, named Kayley, whose father, a Knight of the Round Table, is killed by Sir Ruber, a maniacal brute who steals Excalibur and ultimately threatens to seize King Arthur's Camelot. Kayley enlists the blind, reclusive knight-aspirant Garrett and a young blind hermit and a goofy two headed dragon to brave the Enchanted Forest and retrieve the magic sword, and their adventure is also of course fraught with danger. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Garrett & Kayley: A noble warrior and a brave girl find the magical sword. See more »


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15 May 1998 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£126,160 (UK) (24 July 1998)

Gross:

£927,569 (UK) (28 August 1998)
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Trivia

One of three 1998 animated films Eric Idle performed a voice in, the other two being Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998) and The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998). See more »

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When Devon and Cornwall make shadow puppets on the wall, Garrett (who is supposedly blind), looks at the shadow puppets on the wall. See more »

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Kayley: Hey, your falcon has silver wings!
Garrett: *Really?* I'll have to take your word for it.
Kayley: Oh, no. I'm Sorry, it just means he knows where Excalibur is!
Garrett: Sure he does, in Camelot. You know, big castle, lots of flags...
Kayley: No, it's somewhere in the forest!
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Heart is in the right place, but flawed...
3 April 2002 | by (Springfield, MA) – See all my reviews

I am going to agree with the majority of the other posters here. There is a lot of good elements in this movie, but it is all put together as much more of a cliche then it had to be.

It seemed like there were too many singing scenes and they were too abrupt and not integrated into everything. Every time one started, I couldn't wait for it to be over so we could get back to the story. And as others mentioned, the singing voices were too different from that of the characters themselves. Imagine if they had used the time during the songs to actually give more plot and character development.

Everyone seemed too two-dimensional. As someone else pointed out, how did the bad guy even get to the round table in the first place? He was charming in his own way, but too cookie-cutter.

As others mentioned, the animation is very hit-or-miss. The backgrounds and overall mood are very well done, but a lot of the characters were just not animated well, the hawk was frequently deformed, etc. It stood out badly due to the quality of everything around it. Take a look at something like Princess Mononoke to see characters animated on a limited budget that meshes much better with everything else, with a lot more visual style.

It seems like it would have a feminist bent, but then she is still rescued most of the time, and the dress scene at the end seems especially absurd in the context of everything else.

Some of the comedy elements were cute, but I did dislike all of the movie references and everything. Since everything else seems centered in the world, it seems out of place.

Like the Black Cauldron, this was an OK movie that could have been a lot better. But at least BC didn't have all that singing. Sword in the Stone also worked a lot better while being in a similar vein.

If you want an American animated movie that is really consistent with its own world, animated well, has good characters, etc. check out the Secret of Nimh. You can get it really cheap on DVD now. Seeing Quest for Camelot the day after Nimh, there really is no comparison...


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