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The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

A henpecked husband sees a unicorn outside his window--or does he?



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Based on James Thurber's short-story about a mild,hen-pecked man who, while preparing his breakfast, looks out the window and sees a unicorn eating flowers in the garden. He rushes upstairs to inform his domineering wife, and she accuses him of being crazy and threatens to have him put away. He persists that he did see a unicorn in the garden, and she phones for the authorities to come take him away. But when they arrive, with strait-jackets, they find the wife rambling and raving about seeing the unicorn, and promptly take her away. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 September 1953 (USA)  »

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Enhjørningen i haven  »

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Henpecked milquetost husband: [nudging his wife awake, causing her to impatiently roll over to face him] There's a unicorn in the garden - - eating the flowers.
Shrewish overbearing wife: [irritably, in a loud contemptuous dramatically-paused "read my lips" tone] A UNICORN - - is a MYTHICAL - - CREATURE!
[huffily rolls back over and wraps the blanket tightly around her head]
Henpecked milquetost husband: [...]
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Straightforward yet inspirational for one of my animation projects
30 May 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this cartoon on YouTube while I was doing some research on cel-animated dialogues as part of a university assignment. Although everything about this cartoon is simple (the character designs, lip-sync and colour scheme especially), the unicorn is cute and the garden is beautifully designed. The animation is also straightforward yet impressive since it uses basic principles such as exaggeration (when the man's arm stretches to close the blinds), squash and stretch (the woman stretching upwards and the psychiatrist squashing downwards) and staging (in particular the arrangement of the policemen, women and psychiatrist sitting down when the woman reports what her husband saw). I also thought the background music was pleasant and the moral was decent.

All in all this is a rare gem that was well worth the search, in spite of its somewhat repetitive dialogue, and reminiscent of classic Aesop's fables. 8/10.

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