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A Unicorn in the Garden (1953)

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


William T. Hurtz


James Thurber (story)
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »




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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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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Why wasn't this nominated for an Academy Award?
17 October 2000 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

The failure of AMPAS to nominate this cartoon for an Oscar is unbelievable! Granted, it was a good year for animated shorts and a good year particularly for UPA-Columbia, but this cartoon is simply delightful! Written by James Thurber and animated in Thurber's artistic style, it is his world come to life! If you like James Thurber, you'll love this cartoon, probably as much as I do! Highly recommended.

Edit: Since I posted this particular comment, I discovered just why it wasn't nominated for the Academy Award for Animated Short Subject-it was never submitted to AMPAS for consideration, because Stephen Bosustow was, for some reason, not pleased with the end results. I think that it's a marvelous piece of work, but without submission for consideration, the Academy could not nominate the short. I've since watched it several times and it is still highly recommended.

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24 September 1953 (USA) See more »

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