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Voyage of the Unicorn [Import]

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I have to say, right away, that I fell in love with James Christnensen's book before I even heard about the movie. I was nine when I got the book, and even now, five years later, I am still entralled by it. If you liked this film, the book you will adore. It's the most beautiful (the gorgeous illustrations) and lyrical (the story is just the right level: easy enough for young readers, touching and with deep messages for older readers) thing I have ever set eyes upon.
The full-length version, that usually takes four hours, is great. (Although there were many things that were cut out of the TV broadcast, such as the scene of the Sphinx in the ship.) The trolls were my least favorite part of the movie, because in the book they were just stupid creatures who didn't really have a reason to go after the Aislings, it was just their nature. The really long and annoying stomping and chanting by the lava stream-thing is totally unneccessary and boring. Another thing I didn't like were Oberon's and Titania's costumes and make-up. Oberan looks like a dog, and Titania looks like a mermaid/vampire. I liked the way they were depicted in the book: more tradiional, and human-like enough they didn't seem kooky. Other than those aspects, this did justice to the book. I adored (read: I think Sebastion is hot) the love subplot with Miranda and Sebastion, it was so awesome to see her just run up to him and kiss him. I wish we could have seen all the creatures that worked on the ship in the book, but this is a TV movie, they already did a good job on design anyway. This film has GREAT acting, even the actors in all the make-up and elaborate costumes. The two Aisling daughters (Chantal Conlin as Cassie and Heather McEwan as Miranda) were terrific, and totally believable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Kind of Movie July 14 2002
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I'm the kind of girl who like fantasy movies(The Labyrinth, The Dark Crystal, Legend, etc.) , books (Lord of the Rings, The Ancient One, etc.), and games (Final Fantasy)....but when i saw this movie on the odyssey channal, I knew i had to see it again. Being the kind of person that dreams about stuff like fairies, dragons, unicorns, elves, and all of the others every since i can remember, the thought of me have this movie wasn't a want, it was a need. Most ppl bresth air but I fantasy and fictional characters. My favorite character in this movie was Miranda; she was such a real person. As skeptical as she was she finally figured out that all she had to do to get home was to believe in herself. As fictional as this movie is, there are also many thing in the movie that pertain to some of our real-life situations. Most truly great fantasy movie are like that. Take it from the expert. What I love most about fantasy is that it's so much greater than in the real-world, I mean the imagination of its limits reach higher than the sky and the sky is definately not the limit for this movie. If you haven't seen this movie I deeply recommend it.
~Just Another Standout in the Crowd ;)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great movie - but loose ends aren't tied up March 19 2002
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The 'Voyage of the Unicorn' is the story of the Aisling family - Professor Alan Aisling and his two daughters - the skeptical, bad-tempered Miranda and the dreamy, absent-minded Cassie. The girls weren't always like this though - they were once happy, sweet-natured girls - till their mother dies that is. Now the family live separate lives though they live in the same house - Alan who devotes his time to preaching his 'cresendo vides' (in believing one sees) philosophy at the university, which does not go down well with the Dean; Cassie who looses herself for days in her mother's portfolio and artwork, neglecting school, food and the real world in general; and Miranda, who has lost most of her faith in the human race and leds an unhappy, discontented life. All this is about to change however, when their home is attacked one night by a violent group of trolls, who are out to stop a prophesy concerning the Aisling family from coming true. While Miranda and Mr Aisling attempt to ward them off, Cassie is whisked off by an elf - Sebastian, and a dwarf - Malachi, down to the docks where their ship, The Unicorn waits. Followed closely by Miranda and Professor Aisling, all of them are spirited away to the Landscape of the Imagination on board the magical, beautiful ship which has been specially prepared for them.
It is there that they discover their destiny from King Oberon and Queen Titania on the Isle of Faerie - it has been prophesied that 'a man of learning, and two maidens gentle of spirit' will enter the realm to free the land of the evil scourge of trolls by finding and summoning the great dragon - and at the same time freeing heroes of old.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy at the Peak of Imagination April 6 2001
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When we first saw the advertisements for this movie, we were impressed. Then when we saw the movie itself, we were enthralled. Taken from the novel Voyage of the Basset, The Voyage of the Unicorn takes you on a magical and dangerous journey where you encouter trolls, a unicorn, Medusa, fairies, dwarves, and a cute elf named Sebastian. When one night, a curious young girl named Cassie is awakened by the sound of her dead mother calling her name, she embarks upong a journey with her beautiful sister Miranda and her father, Professor Ainsley. Togther they board the Unicorn which takes them to the landscape of imagination and "where magic is concerned, it does not pay to ask too many questions." With the help of their new friends, Malachi, dwarf and captain of the unicorn, and Sebastion, a cute elf with pointy ears and eyes only for Miranda, they travel to Fairy Isle where King Oberon and Queen Titania of the fairies reveal to them their purpose for coming. They must find the legendary dragon in order to protect the good magical people from the evil trolls. Guided by their slogan "Credendo Vides" or "By Believing, One Sees," the family and their friends start out upon their dangerous quest and soon learn that the true magic that they need to survive is within themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A cute simple fable for everyone....
Kind of a cross between Full House and Sinbad the Sailor, this mini-serie is a perfect example of family fun.

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Published on March 22 2010 by Yves-Michel
5.0 out of 5 stars I've only seen the looong TV-version, but...
...Great movie, if you like fantasy and paralell dimensions's and stuff like that. I love tha fact that two of the heroes are young girls. It's about time! Read more
Published on June 28 2002
3.0 out of 5 stars An Abridged version of the TV mini-series recorded at EP
When I first saw this mini-series to the Odyssey channel I fell in love with it. Please understand that the low rating not because of the full mini-series, but it is because of... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Family Movie!
This movie was adorable. The cast was perfect and the effects were stupendous. Loved it!
Published on Aug. 12 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage of the unicorn
Voyage of the unicorn is a family movie for all ages!The story takes place in a mystical setting where everything doesn't seem to be what it is. Read more
Published on June 22 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Voyage of the Unicorn
For anyone who enjoyed Merlin then this is right up your alley.Professor Aisling is a teacher of mythology. Read more
Published on April 5 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good mini-series
I first saw this mini-series on Odyssey last Saturday, and I loved it! It is a truly imaginative story about Cassie Aisling, a young girl who is swept away with her father and her... Read more
Published on March 19 2001 by M. Smitherman
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