The Frida Cinema is proud to present THE LAST UNICORN – with an appearance from the film’s author and screenwriter, Peter S. Beagle!
Except for a handful of film festival and special appearances, the classic animated feature The Last Unicorn has been relegated to home video since its original release in 1982. For most of its many millions of fans, the small screen is the only way they’ve ever been able to see it. Thankfully for fans of this wonderful film, Peter S. Beagle, Conlan Press, and Europe’s ITV plc (the owner of the film) have joined forces to change that!
Now a beautiful new 2K digital print of The Last Unicorn is touring the world one movie theater at a time – and on January 12 at 7pm, we are proud to present it at The Frida! Author Peter S. Beagle will be on hand to himself to host audience and audience Q&A, meet the film’s fans, give out prizes, and sign your books, videos, art prints, and soundtracks, as well as special new merchandise!
The tour began on April 20, 2013 at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco, where a crowd of 800 came together at noon on a Saturday to join the film’s title character on her journey, and has since continued with sold-out shows in 17 states and 8 Canadian provinces. By the time the tour ends in July 2016, it will have played in all 50 American states, the District of Columbia, and more than 19 different countries. We are so proud to take part in this wonderful cinematic journey!
The Last Unicorn has been a fan-driven sleeper hit for decades, doing amazing business without any advertising or promotion: 6.5 million copies of the novel sold in 25 languages, 4.5 million home video copies sold in North America since 2004, and a NY Times bestselling graphic novel in 2011. Now it is showing similar legs in movie theaters thanks to the tour, which will draw more than 400,000 people into these special screenings before the final show. Peter S. Beagle’s one-of-a-kind creation is making history all over again!
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Author Peter S. Beagle and Josh Duhamel (Transformers, Las Vegas) appear at the 92nd Street Y to discuss The Last Unicorn on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 9:30 pm!
Actor-Producer Josh Duhamel and co-producers Fergie, Connor Cochran and Lauren Sands are launching a Broadway-bound immersive musical of Peter S. Beagle’s classic fantasy The Last Unicorn.
The original novel has sold six million copies worldwide in 25 languages, the animated film has tens of millions of fans and the graphic novel was a New York Times Bestseller. Now the unicorn is coming to life on stage in a new and uniquely imaginative way. Come join Josh and Peter (along with other members of the team) for the first public discussion of this project, plus other amazing Last Unicorn news!
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The Cartoon Art Museum and The Castro Theatre are proud to host the premiere screening of Peter S. Beagle’s nationwide theatrical re-release tour for The Last Unicorn—and his 74th birthday celebration! Throw on your best Schmendrick the Magician or Amalthea outfit and join us at The Castro Theatre for a screening of the uncut edition of the animated movie The Last Unicorn, a question and answer session with author and screenwriter Peter S. Beagle, an amazing raffle, pop-up shop, and limited book signing! Following the screening at the Castro Theatre, the Cartoon Art Museum will open its doors from 6:00pm to 8:00pm for an intimate reading and chat with Mr. Beagle, an exclusive auction, and continued signings. Costumes are encouraged!
This is the kickoff event in a two-year screening tour that will see Peter S. Beagle and The Last Unicorn coming to hundreds of local movie theaters in the United States and Canada. To get details on the tour, email email@example.com.
Each ticket comes with one raffle entry, a 35mm film frame from an original 1982 theatrical print of the movie, and membership in The Last Unicorn Tour (including discounts on exclusive tour merchandise and other benefits).
Our exciting raffle items, generously supplied by Conlan Press, are:
Third Prize: Signed regular edition Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $25). (Two winners)
Second Prize: Signed Last Unicorn trade paperback and Blu-ray/DVD combo (value: $36) (Two winners)
First Prize: Signed deluxe Last Unicorn graphic novel (value: $50). (One winner)
Items for the VIP auction include:
A complete 35mm frame set of all 17 characters from the film, in signed glassine envelopes, plus an official Certificate of Authenticity.
A signed “printer proof” limited edition of 7 Original Character Concept Design Art Prints from The Last Unicorn, by lead animator Tsuguyuki Kubo.
An original penciled page from The Last Unicorn graphic novel.
This event is generously sponsored by The Castro Theater, with proceeds benefiting The Cartoon Art Museum and Peter S. Beagle Tour.
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 enchanting audiences since he published his first book, A Fine and Private Place, while still only 20 years old. His most famous novel, The Last Unicorn, has sold more than six million copies in 25 languages since its original publication in 1968, and the 1982 animated film version (for which Peter wrote the screenplay) has tens of millions of fans around the world. 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.
About the Castro Theatre
The Castro Theatre was built in 1922 by pioneer San Francisco theatre entrepreneurs, the Nasser brothers, who started with a nickelodeon in 1908 in the Castro neighborhood. It is now a neighborhood landmark and host to many Bay Area hits including the popular Castro Theatre Sing-A-Long series. For more information about The Castro Theater visit castrotheatre.com
About the Cartoon Art Museum
Founded in 1984, the Cartoon Art Museum is the only museum in the western United States dedicated to cartoons and comics. The museum was started by a group of cartoonists and collectors who wanted to share their appreciation of this unique art form with the rest of the world. The museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, study and exhibition of original cartoon art in all forms to benefit historians, cartoonists, journalists, artists, collectors and the general public. For more about the Cartoon Art Museum visit www.cartoonart.org.