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Quest for Camelot (1998)

Jessalyn Gilsig , Cary Elwes , Frederik Du Chau  |  G |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Don Rickles, Eric Idle, Gary Oldman
  • Directors: Frederik Du Chau
  • Writers: Kirk De Micco, William Schifrin, Jacqueline Feather, David Seidler
  • Producers: Dalisa Cooper Cohen
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 20, 1998
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305123454
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,153 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Quest for Camelot" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 3 documentaries: How It's Done, The Voices of Camelot, and The Dragon Song
  • Steve Perry music video I Stand Alone
  • Computer Animation Tests

Editorial Reviews

Following their animated/live action hit Space Jam, Warner Bros. jumped into the fully animated feature competition by playing it safe, giving the Arthurian legend a conspicuously Disneyesque facelift. Ingredients from Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Pocahontas are evident in the tale of a girl named Kayley (Jessalyn Gilsig) whose father, a Knight of the Round Table, is killed by Sir Ruber (Gary Oldman), a maniacal brute who steals Excalibur and threatens to seize King Arthur's Camelot. Kayley enlists the blind, reclusive knight-aspirant Garrett (Cary Elwes) to brave the Enchanted Forest and retrieve the magic sword, and their adventure is (of course) fraught with danger. Adding extra punch to the movie's commercial appeal, the soundtrack songs are performed by big names like LeeAnn Rimes and Celine Dion. And if that's not enough to hold a kid's attention, there's a two-headed dragon ("we're the reason cousins shouldn't marry") voiced by Eric Idle and Don Rickles. With so much talent involved, it's entertaining but uninspired, although cleverly harmless riffs from Dirty Harry, Taxi Driver, and other movies spice up the adventure with enjoyable pop-culture references. --Jeff Shannon

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A magical feature-length animated adventure brimming with laughter and song! A heroic young girl, a handsome blind hermit and a comical two-headed dragon join forces to recover King Arthur's magical sword Excalibur after it is stolen by an evil enemy.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Childrens Entertainment.. February 22, 2006
By K. Bell
I ordered the Quest for Camelot dvd for the wonderful Steve Perry video that was included on the disc. Having never watched the movie before I was pleasantly surprised. My 10 year old loves the movie and she loves the games that are included on the disc.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars TALE OF A KNIGHTESS November 28, 2004
QUEST FOR CAMELOT is a charming, if somewhat derivative, animated film the whole family should enjoy. Loosely based on the King Arthur and Excalibur legend, the story follows a young girl whose knight father was murdered by the evil knight Ruber. She enlists the aid of a blind young man and his magic bird, and also a two headed dragon, added for humor and ultimately to help save the day.

With animation reminiscent of early Disney and one CGI segment involving a sleeping ogre, CAMELOT has all the ingredients for a musical toon. The songs written by Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster are more pop oriented but performed well by Bryan White, The Coors, Celine Dion and some of the cast members.

The characters are voiced nicely by Jessica Gelwig (Kayley), Cary Elwes (Garrett), Gary Oldman (Ruber), Jane Seymour (Julianna); Pierce Brosnan (Arthur), and of course Don Rickles/Eric Idle as the dragon.

It's probably not destined to be a classic, but it's fine entertainment for the whole clan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining...yet...Bizarre October 12, 2005
I give this movie four out of five stars because it was memorable and fun, but it wasn't fantastic. It was comical and light, so it was good to watch while I was pretty much brain dead. Light entertainment. So here's what I thought.

First of all, the songs were sub-par. I really liked the song "Looking Through Your Eyes". I think that song should be among the famous love duets. My favorite song however was "Prayer", sung by Lady Juliana, Kayley's mother, as Kayley runs from those wacko tool shed villains. It was very pretty and had a nice effect. Plus it also gave Lady Juliana depth. "If I Didn't Have You" was comical and fun. However, The songs, "On My Father's Wings" and the opening song weren't really memorable for me and the opening song lacked the power and umph that I generally like in animated movies. Ruber's, the bad guy, song was weird and I didn't realize he was even singing until about halfway through the song. I thought that he was just chanting along to that weird music.

Okay, the characters. Kayley was nicely done and she was a good, interesting heroine. I give her a thumbs up. One comment on her though-would they really allow girls to wear that sort of outfit in the middle ages? It seemed kind of boyish and out of place, even though it was cool. I thought Lady Juliana was a really good minor character because she had so much faith in her daughter and never gave up. She is also very strong and isn't afraid of anyone. I loved her. I thought that the female characters in this movie were drawn stronger than the males. The guys all looked awkward. Anyway, moving on. Garet was a good character and I liked him, although his song (which I forgot to mention above) was merely okay. He was strong and could fight very well for a blind guy.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Fun and More! June 10, 2002
Stretching the truth of the Knights Of The Round table, just a little, this is a great story for kids. Teaching them courage and trust and friendship.
The voices are great, Cary Elwis, Pierce Brosnen, Jane Seymore, John Cleese, Don Rickles and the singing talents of the Corrs, Celene Dion and Steve Perry. This has a wonderful score and the soundtrack is just as good. Great lyrics and music.
The DVD has three fun features that make it just as interesting for the adults and the kids, but I am sure the kids will have far more fun. Technically it is a well put together film and the music and sound effects are brilliant.
The story is sweet and touching and the comedy sprinkled throughout. A must for every family or animated feature fan!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as the critics think February 9, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I am in the favor of this movie, probably because I'm a sucker for animated movies. But the blatant point besides being an "animated movie lover," I try NOT to be biased. True, the Warner Bros. children fantasy epic does has some ... of "Beauty and the Beast" and other good movies.
As the movie suggests, this is about a tomboyish beauty who ignores her widowed mother's wishes to become a proper lady and sets off to be a knight and "rescue damsels in distress." But she is sidetracked by a would-be-usurper who wants to take King Arthur's Excalibur and rule Camelot, who kidnaps her mother (because the girl's father was killed when protecting Arthur's life) as revenge.
The girl meets a two-headed dragon and a blind, hunkish hermit she enlists in thwarting the apparent villain from his devious task.
The animation is so-so but is occasionally colorful and dazzling. The vocals are finely done (superb "acting" by Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Gary Oldman, and Pierce Brosnan as King Arthur) and the songs and plot are slight. Despite what the critics have talked about it, it's a well-made animated movie with a few minor flaws. Give this a look.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I remember I was 6 when this film came out and shen I first watched this I knew I would love it! The flim starts off with the main herione of the film Kaylie when she was a little girl. She wants to become a knight like her father Sir Lionel, he promises Kaylie that when shes old enough he will take her to Camelot and she'll get her chance to be a knight. Things go well until the evil knight Sir Ruber makes an assassination attempt on King Arthur because Ruber wants to be king and have more land then everyone. As he trys to kill King Arthur he kills Sir Lionel in the process. And Kaylies hopes of becoming a knight are ruined. 10 years later Kaylie is no longer a little girl but a beautiful tomboyish young woman. Excalibur is stolen and Kaylie wants to go after it despite her mother Juliana being against it and telling her no. That is until Ruber takes Juliana and Kaylie hostage and before Kaylie escapes Juliana tells her to warn Arthur about Rubers plot and find the sword before Ruber does. Whilie Kaylie is on this quest she meets a blind hermet named Garret and Merlins bird Aiden and a two headed dragon named Devon and Cornwall. Together they band together to stop Ruber and his cronies. I think critics are too harsh on this movie because its about a female that wants to become a knight. But Joan of Arc became a knight and shes a female. I think despite it being a fantasy film teaches people especially women just because society says you can't do something doesn't mean you should just sit there and except it if you really want it go after it and don't let anyone stop you. And looking back on it now its nice to have a female hero that doesn't wait to be rescued by a man all the time like the Disney princess's we know and love. And don't get me wrong I like the idea of a prince charming rescuing me. But you can't wait for things to change you have to do it no matter who says what.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the story and the songs
A childhood favorite and watched it right away . Not every good animated movie has to be Disney. Great entertainment.
Published 1 day ago by Ms thang
5.0 out of 5 stars Still holds up
I watched this movie a lot when I was young, and it was a great movie then. Recently repurchased it, and it's still a great movie. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Jack Fox, Badgerlord
4.0 out of 5 stars Quest for Camelot
A cute and enjoyable family/kid movie. I really liked how they didn't make the characters perfect. The music was great also.
Published 16 days ago by Kate
4.0 out of 5 stars No age limit on this type of movie
Always cute, what can I say. Pure entertainment for any age (even seniors like me). Safe for children of all ages.
Published 16 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Movie
I haven't actually watched the movie yet, so I'm not sure if the DVD works perfectly, but I haven't had any problems with this seller in the past. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Kylie Gross
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
This is one of my favorite animated films ever.I first saw it as a young boy and I have loved it ever since.
Published 19 days ago by Josiah Riemer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie!
Fun movie. An old classic. It is great for kids, and wonderful all around. My wife loved it, so we figured our kids would too!
Published 22 days ago by Tmaki
5.0 out of 5 stars Quest for Camelot
My Grandson loves it. He loves the action with the dragons. He will see it over and over. Highly recommended.
Published 22 days ago by Cecilio Martinez
2.0 out of 5 stars This is sure not a Disney Cartoon but Warner Brothers first Attempt at...
This movie is sure not The Walt Disney classics like "Beauty and Beast" or "The Little Mermaid" or "The Lion King"
the movie was dumb dumb dumb.... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie!
This is easily in my top five animated movies of all times. It arrived in brand new condition, still int he plastic and the movie plays in both theatrical and wide screen versions... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Misty Zawicki
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