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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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Enhjørningen i haven  »

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Included in the 3-disc DVD set "UPA: The Jolly Frolics Collection," released 15 March 2012 by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. See more »

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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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Husband, Wife, Unicorn
6 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

*** (out of 4)

Charming and at times funny short from UPA has a husband seeing a unicorn eating flowers in his garden so he tells his wife who basically tells him to shut up and go on. The husband then sees the unicorn again and once again his mean wife pushes him away. After the second time the wife decides to call a mental hospital to report her husband. I'm not going to spoil where the film goes from here but there's no question that this animated short is very funny and the twist at the end is certainly good enough to make the film worth sitting through. Once again I can see how some might not enjoy the visual look of UPA but I think it really works well here and especially the scenes with the unicorn and the bright yellow background. I also thought the husband character was very charming and a perfect mix for the mean and dark wife. The animation fits the material quite well and I think fans of the genre should really enjoy it.


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