Quest for Camelot (1998) Poster


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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.
The film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release for the 1997 holiday season, but Warner Bros. later pushed the release date to May 1998 to avoid competition with Alien: Resurrection (1997), Anastasia (1997), The Borrowers (1997), Die furchtlosen Vier (1997), Flubber (1997), Home Alone 3 (1997), Mousehunt (1997), Mr. Magoo (1997), Titanic (1997) and the re-release of The Little Mermaid (1989).
Ruber's potion bottle says "Acme".
Christopher Reeve was originally cast as King Arthur.
One of three animated films in which Eric Idle performed a voice role in 1998. The other two were Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie (1998) and The Secret of NIMH 2: Timmy to the Rescue (1998).
The scantily-clad girl who briefly appears during Devon and Cornwall's song is "Red-Hot Ridinghood," featured in several 1940s Warner cartoons.
Gary Oldman and Bronson Pinchot first appeared together in True Romance (1993). Jaleel White appeared in Family Matters (1989), a spin-off of Perfect Strangers (1986), which also starred Pinchot.
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The movie came out on May 15, Frederik Du Chau's (the director) birthday.
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When Kayley and Garret are knighted, she wears a completed version of the dress that her mother tried to get her to wear at the beginning of the movie.

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