It was the 1990s and animated movies were outstanding, no matter whether hand-drawn or computer animated. The tales come from the studios of Disney, Universal, and Warner Brothers were amazing, and our millennial kids could not get enough of them. The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot is one of those movies. A new take on the Arthurian legend, this focuses on Kayley(Jessalyn Gilsig), the daughter of Sir Lionel (Gabriel Byrne) and Lady Juliana (Jane Seymour). Kayley is enamored with all the ideals of what a true Knight of the Round Table stands for, and wants to be a knight just like her father. At this time, the kingdom is very prosperous and at peace, but too peaceful for one knight in particular. Sir Ruber (Gary Oldman) has become greedy, and looks to take Arthur’s land for himself. To do this, he must obtain Excalibur, and after attacking Arthur to steal it, Sir Lionel is caught between them and takes a fatal wound. Ruber succeeds in getting the blade, and gives it to his hench-creature? Griffin (Bronson Pinchot) to fly back to his keep for safe-keeping.
En route to the keep, Griffin is attacked by a falcon over The Forbidden Forest, and it seems that Excalibur is lost, but a fate far worse is in store for the late Sir Lionel’s family. Sir Ruber has a nasty potion brewed that turns animals and people into living mechanical beings. He first uses the potion on Lady Juliana’s rooster, and Bladebeak (Jaleel White) becomes the first of Ruber’s henchmen. Ruber’s potion has one true purpose, and that is to fuse Excalibur to him, making the sword an extension of his arm, but to do that, he needs to find Excalibur. In all of Ruber’s demonstrations to Lady Juliana, he does not see Kayley slip away, and she hears of Griffin’s slip-up and heads to the Forbidden Forest to find the sword.
This Forbidden Forest is classic WB, and is filled with creatures from ogres to intelligent plants to dragons, but there is one thing in here that will truly help Kayley find her way. It is a blind young man, Garrett (Cary Elwes) who navigates this forest better than a TomTom. Along the way they meet with a two-headed dragon that has a truly split personality. Devon (Eric Idle) and Cornwall (Don Rickles) are the comic relief on this adventure, and it is 86 minutes of pure Dark Ages fun. Good verses evil, wizards, kings, villains, dark magic, and more. If you missed this gem back in the day, find it and watch it now. Your kids will love you for it!
I give this film a Musing review of