The Last Unicorn
I was nine years’ old when I saw the film based on Peter S. Beagle novel of the same name, The Last Unicorn. I loved it – fiercely – enough to read the book years later, enough to own the film when it came out on DVD and even enough to purchase – scent un-sniffed – the Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s recent perfume oil offering, Touched Twice. I don’t know if it’s the power of nostalgia, but to this day the film has a huge sway over me.
Interestingly, one of my first cinematic crushes developed as a result of watching it. You might be thinking that I was attracted to the Love Interest – tall, blonde, and traditionally handsome – Prince Lir (voiced by Jeff Bridges). Of course, if you think this, you don’t know me at all. I was utterly besotted with Schmendrick (voiced by Alan Arkin). Schmendrick possessed all of the qualities I adore – smart with a dry, quick wit, a self-deprecating sense of humor – combined with his dark, messy hair and…ahem…striking nose, he was and is the cartoon version of my male ideal.
For old time’s sake, I decided to watch the film this morning with the kiddos and then this visual epiphany hit me like a ton of bricks:
Oh. Oh my. I get it now.