The Last Unicorn is an American anime in the best sense. It was directed and produced by Jules Bass and Arthur Rankin, Jr. It adapted the work of an American writer, with Mr. Beagle himself even writing the screenplay.Jun 28, 2009
Unico is a baby boy unicorn with light blue or white fur, a pink mane, a white tail, orange hooves, and little cinnamon bun-shaped ears. He has the natural born gift of making other creatures lighthearted and happy. He is usually with his friends: Beezle, the young Devil of Solitude from Scottish/Celtic Mythology.
UNICO means “unique” or “only one of its kind” in Italian and additionally, the letters represent: U-Unity, N-Neighborliness, I-Integrity, C-Charity and O-Opportunity.
The Unico films (the pilot, Fantastic Adventures, and Island of Magic) were produced by Sanrio, so some of Sanrio's characters, such as Hello Kitty, Tuxedo Sam, and the Little Twin Stars, make cameo appearances in the films.
- Originally serialized in Sanrio’s Lyrica magazine from November 1976 to March 1979, Tezuka’s story about a magic little unicorn, Unico (1976-79), is one of his best known manga series specifically aimed at children. The story begins in ancient Greece where he has befriended a young mortal girl of unparalleled beauty named Psyche.
- The rights to all Unico manga and anime transferred from Sanrio to Tezuka Productions after Tezuka's death in 1989; unlike Sanrio, Tezuka Productions has no American distribution arm, hence the reason why it took 25 years for the two movies to be licensed for an official North American DVD release.
- Unico makes some cameos in episodes of the Black Jack TV series adapted from the Black Jack manga . Unico also made an appearance in the Game Boy Advance game Astro Boy: Omega Factor, where he gives Astro Boy the ability to have a warm and tender talk with Dr. Tenma, his father.