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Quest for Camelot (1998)

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 goofy two headed dragon to brave the Enchanted Forest and retrieve the magic sword. 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)  »

Also Known As:

La espada mágica: La leyenda de Camelot  »

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$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,041,602 (USA) (15 May 1998)

Gross:

$22,717,758 (USA) (7 August 1998)
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Bill Kroyer, the original director of the film, intended to make a darker film, more faithful in tone to the original book. Following the phenomenal successes of the films of the Disney Renaissance, Warner Bros., among many other film studios, moved into feature animation, hoping to replicate similar successes with their own animated films. At Warner Bros' behest, the director's vision for the film was rejected in favor of a more Disney animated musical film style and the film was put into production before the story was even finalized. The complex plot and dark nature of the novel, The King's Damousel, were replaced with several animation trademarks of the 1990s era: musical numbers, a strong female heroine, a power hungry antagonist who wants to usurp the kingdom, a romantic subplot where the couple lives happily ever after, talking animal sidekicks, and family-friendly comedy gags. See more »

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At some points of the film, the pupils in Ruber's eyes tend to disappear briefly for one frame. See more »

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Kayley: You *saved* my life! Thank you!
Garrett: Well, everyone makes mistakes sometimes.
Kayley: Oh, I get it. This is where King Arthur sends his unfunny jesters, right?
Garrett: And now I'll thank you...
Kayley: For what?
Garrett: For reminding me why I'm a hermit. Good day!
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Referenced in Third Watch: Responsible Parties (1999) See more »

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The Bunny Hop
Written by Ray Anthony and Leonard Auletti
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Flawed
24 September 1999 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Animated films are becoming a dime a dozen nowadays, with newcomers like this film. Unfortunately, it comes nowhere close to the spectacular magic that Disney brings to the screen.

Firstly, the plot is questionable in parts -- some bits of the story are just glossed over. For instance, when Garrett is terribly wounded, it all heals in a matter of seconds so that the two lovebirds can get on with their song.

The characters themselves are quite annoying -- Kayley and her silly voice (by Jessalyn Gilsig) really get on one's nerves.

The animation in Quest For Camelot is sadly disappointing, with not enough detail and intricacy. Perhaps the makers of the film were too caught up in the ogre -- a gem of a computer generated image but terribly out of place. The character of Ruber looks terribly similar to Hades from Hercules, while Garrett simply lacks life. In fact, the characters in general are rather lifeless. It would really help if they looked like they were singing rather than opening their mouths vaguely.

The songs and music are quite remarkable, though, which is not surprising given that they were composed by songmaster David Foster. This was only let down by the incredibly bad casting of voices -- Andrea Corr's lovely voice did not at all sound like Jessalyn Gilsig, Bryan White was too American-pop-star for Cary Elwes and the film in general, Celine Dion too powerful for the gentle Lady Juliana. Even the singing Gary Oldman didn't sound like the talking Gary Oldman. The songs were also introduced a little abruptly, and there were too many parts where singing was in the background but the characters were actually doing something else -- a little absurd, don't you think?

Okay. I know that from all my complaints, it sounds like I hated the film. In actual fact, it was quite watchable but boy, am I glad I watched it on video rather than at the cinemas! The kids will probably love it -- but it really does have many flaws which need to be worked on. Without the melodious soundtrack, I'd have given it 2/10 -- with the soundtrack, 4/10.


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