Science on Screen Jr.: The Last Unicorn
Before watching the classic fantasy film The Last Unicorn, kids learn how they can help save Massachusetts' endangered species--from humpback whales to twilight moths--from extinction! Speaker Elaine Brewer of the Massachusetts Natural Heritage & Endangered Species Program will explain how the state fights to save its native species, and introduce a few of the endangered animals that she has worked with this year. About the film In this musical animated fantasy, the villainous King Haggard (Christopher Lee) plots to remove all unicorns from the world, with the help of a terrifying fiery bull. When a reclusive unicorn (Mia Farrow) learns that she might be the last of her kind, she leaves the safety of her enchanted forest and reluctantly enlists the help of Schmendrick (Alan Arkin), a gentle, albeit clumsy, sorcerer. Together, they embark on a long and dangerous journey with one goal: to defeat Haggard and save the unicorns. Animated by the Japanese anime studio that spawned Studio Ghibli, the film is darker and more ambiguous than most children's movies, touching on themes of loss, loneliness, regret. In turns mournful and magical, brimming with eccentric characters, romance, and genuinely scary moments, The Last Unicorn is an unconventional and enduring fantasy classic for older children, tweens, teens, and adults.