The Last Unicorn – in Theaters?!
August 19th, 2013 · No Comments
Local screenings this week By Valerie Milano Los Angeles, CA (Hollywood Today) 8/19/13 - “I didn’t foresee that it would actually become a bloody classic, that it would move so many people so strongly. I get any number of people who come up to me at my signing table and say, ‘Thank you for my childhood.’ And I often get people who stand there motionless, clearly wanting to come up and talk — but they’re just shaking, and sometimes when they try to talk, they start to cry. When I see that I just have to get up and hold them, telling them, ‘It’s all right; I’ve become a big crier myself in my old age.’” Says Peter S. Beagle, author of The Last Unicorn, the book that spawned the animated movie in 1982 about a unicorn who searches for others of her kind that have disappeared. I was one of those that loved this movie as a child. I remember searching it out on the television, or renting it in video stores many times. There was something so lovely, and sometimes frightening about this whimsical movie that, as a child, I could not describe. Now, it’s so strongly a part of my childhood that I don’t want to try to describe it. Now, after 8 years of contentious legal wranglings and two years of work on the movie, Southern California is going to play host to five screenings this week, attended by Beagle himself! Unfortunately, the screening at USC is already sold out, but there are four others: Wednesday 8/21, 7:30 PM at the Regency Lido Theatre in Newport Beach: http://www.tix.com/Event.asp?Event=593840 Thursday 8/22, 7 PM at the Cal Oaks 17 in Murrieta: http://www.fandango.com/caloaks17_aakey/theaterpage?date=8/22/2013 Saturday 8/24, 2 PM at the Town Square Stadium 14 in San Diego: http://www.fandango.com/townsquarestadium_aaawj/theaterpage?date=8%2f24%2f2013 Sunday 8/25, 2 PM at the Gas Lamp Stadium 15 in San Diego: http://www.fandango.com/gaslampstadium_aaeet/theaterpage?date=8/25/2013 Beagle has also offered a free, signed film frame from one of the original 35mm theatrical prints. Just go to the signing table at the screenings and mention HOLLYWOOD TODAY.