The Last Unicorn, the 1982 animated fantasy film directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. and featuring the voices of Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, and Angela Lansbury…is on tour and Peter S. Beagle, author of the book on which is was adapted, will be there.
From the press release:
THE LAST UNICORN: ICONIC ANIMATED FILM MAKES ENTERTAINMENT HISTORY WITH INNOVATIVE RETURN TO MOVIE THEATERS
30 Year-Old Classic Outdraws Current Hollywood Releases With String of Sold-Out Shows – Conlan Press Announces Personal Appearances By Author-Screenwriter Peter S. Beagle At Every Screening
Montara, CA – September 13, 2013 – The Last Unicorn, the classic 1982 animated fantasy film directed by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr., and featuring the voices of Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, and Christopher Lee, is beginning the first East Coast leg of a multi-city screening tour on September 20th. First stop: Winchester, Virginia, followed by more shows in Virginia and Pennsylvania, plus four locations in New York City from September 26th through September 30th (that last day specially added to the tour to meet demand from Observant Jewish fans who couldn’t make any of the other NYC screenings because of September’s High Holidays).
So far The Last Unicorn Screening Tour has sold-out shows in California, Texas, Missouri, and Colorado, routinely pulling in more moviegoers than the summer blockbusters, mainstream comedies, and high-profile art films it has been up against: and it has done so based entirely on word of mouth and viral internet promotion instead of standard movie advertising. All advance assigns are that East Coast audiences are going to be even bigger, as word continues to spread.
“I’m excited to be going out on the road with the film,” says The Last Unicorn Author-Screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, who will be at every screening to do an audience Q&A session, meet fans, and sign books. “When I began work on this story, just over 50 years ago, I never imagined it would go on to reach so many people, or affect them so deeply. It’s a little hard for me to believe, actually. But still, there’s just nothing like getting a chance to share these characters directly with others who love them as much as I do.”
Since its first release, The Last Unicorn has enchanted audiences everywhere with its moving story about a unicorn trying to find and rescue her lost people, and the price she pays for bringing magic back into the world. Considered one of the great fantasies of the last century, the original novel has sold over six million copies in 25 languages, while the film adaptation has sold more than four million home video copies in the USA in just the last nine years.
Now fans of The Last Unicorn can meet its creator and finally see this spectacular film on the big screen, the way it was meant to be seen, on the big screen! There will be showings at theaters all over America from now through the end of 2015, as well as events in major cities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, and Japan.
Complete information and updates about all screenings and special events can be found on the tour’s official website: www.lastunicorntour.com.
SEPTEMBER SHOWS – First East Coast leg of the tour
- Friday 9/20/2013 – Alamo Drafthouse Winchester, Winchester VA
- Saturday 9/21/2013 – Alamo Drafthouse One Loudon, Ashburn VA 1 PM
- Sunday 9/22/2013 – Reading Cinemas Angelika Mosaic, Fairfax VA 2 PM
- Monday 9/23/2013 -The Strand Theatre, Kutztown PA 5 PM and 7:30 PM
- Tuesday 9/24/2013 – Reading Cinemas Manville 12, 7 PM
- Thursday 9/26/2013 – Reading Cinemas Village East, Manhattan NY 7 PM
- Saturday 9/28/2013 – Reading Cinemas Cinemas 123, Manhattan NY 2 PM
- Sunday 9/29/2013 – Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, 7 PM
- Monday 9/30/2013 – Reading Cinemas 86th Street East, Manhattan NY 7 PM
About Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn
According to Neil Gaiman, Peter S. Beagle is “the gold standard for fantasy.” Arguably America’s greatest living fantasist, Peter’s extraordinary body of work has been exciting audiences since he published his first book, A Fine and Private Place, while still only 20 years old. Peter is also a gifted singer and songwriter, and wrote the screenplays for the original 1978 animated film version of The Lord of the Rings and “Sarek,” a fan-favorite episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. Born in New York City and raised in the Bronx, he now lives in Oakland, California.
About Conlan Press
Conlan Press was originally founded in 2005 to provide an easier way for Peter S. Beagle’s worldwide legion of fans to get signed or personalized copies of his works, and other creations related to them, either on-line or at public events. In 2013 the company is publishing a host of brand-new Beagle titles, plus book, ebook, audiobook, music, and art print releases from a carefully-selected group of uniquely creative authors, artists, and musicians. For more on Conlan Press visit www.conlanpress.com.