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Quest For Camelot

posted by rkumar
B
Lowest Recommended Age:Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating:G
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:None
Violence/Scariness:Some tense scenes, good guy killed
Diversity Issues:A theme of the movie
Movie Release Date:1998
B
Lowest Recommended Age: Kindergarten - 3rd Grade
MPAA Rating: G
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: Some tense scenes, good guy killed
Diversity Issues: A theme of the movie
Movie Release Date: 1998

A young girl named Kayley dreams of being a knight like her father, who was killed defending King Arthur from the brutal Ruber. When Ruber steals Excalibur from Camelot, Kayley goes into the forbidden forest to find it. There she meets Garrett, a squire befriended by her late father, who left Camelot after he became blind. Joined by a two-headed dragon, they find the sword and fight Ruber to return Excalibur to Arthur.

This is the first attempt by Warner Brothers, home of Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck, to get into Disney territory with a full-length animated musical drama, and it is a step in the right direction, even if it does not match Disney or even non-Disney features like “Anastasia.” questforcamelot.jpg
The movie’s greatest strength is the first-class talent providing the voices: Cary Elwes as Garrett, Jane Seymour and Gabriel Byrne as Kayley’s parents, Don Rickles and Monty Python’s Eric Idle as the dragon, and (all too briefly) Sir John Gielgud as Merlin. The animation has some good moments, especially a sleepy ogre. The heroine and hero are spirited if a bit too generic. But with the exception of the dragon’s cute duet, the songs add little and slow down the story. Themes worth discussing include the importance of cooperation, loyalty, and the strengths of those considered disabled.

  • Dominic

    Quest For Camelot is released in 1998 after Turner’s previous efforts such as 1993’s Once Upon A Forest,1994’s The Pagemaster and 1997’s Cats Don’t Dance.

  • Nell Minow

    Thanks, Dominic! Once Upon a Forest and Pagemaster were released by 20th Century Fox. Cats Don’t Dance was the only animated feature produced by the short-lived Turner Entertainment animation unit. Later it was renamed Warner Brothers Animation Unit. It’s a technicality, I know, but it is correct to say that this film was Warner’s first feature-length animated drama.

  • Dominic

    I think Quest For Camelot is more medieval than Turner’s recent offerings such as 1992’s Ferngully The Last Rainforest,1993’s Once Upon A Forest,1994’s The Pagemaster and 1997’s Cats Don’t Dance.

  • Dominic

    Quest For Camelot is released in 1998 after David Kirschner’s previous animated efforts such as 1986’s An American Tail,1993’s Once Upon A Forest,1994’s The Pagemaster and 1997’s Cats Don’t Dance.

  • Dominic

    Quest For Camelot is similar to David Kirschner’s 1997’s Cats Don’t Dance,1994’s The Pagemaster and 1993’s Once Upon A Forest.

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