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Quest for Camelot

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Quest for Camelot
Quest for Camelot- Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster by John Alvin
Directed by Frederik Du Chau
Produced by
  • Andre Clavel
  • Dalisa Cohen
  • Zahra Dowlatabadi
Screenplay by
Based on The King's Damosel
by Vera Chapman
Music by Patrick Doyle[1]
Edited by Stanford C. Allen
Distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Release date
  • May 15, 1998 (1998-05-15)
Running time
86 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40 million[3]
Box office $38.1 million[3]

Quest for Camelot (released in the United Kingdom as The Magic Sword: Quest for Camelot) is a 1998 American animated musical fantasy film directed by Frederik Du Chau and based on the novel The King's Damosel by Vera Chapman. The film stars Jessalyn Gilsig, Cary Elwes, Jane Seymour, Gary Oldman, Eric Idle, Don Rickles, Pierce Brosnan, Bronson Pinchot, Jaleel White, Gabriel Byrne, and John Gielgud. Céline Dion, Bryan White, Steve Perry, and Andrea Corr perform vocals. The film was released by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment on May 15, 1998.

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Hello, I'm the Nostalgia Critic. I remember it so you don't have to. Say, have you ever wanted to see Carey Elwes, Gary Oldman, Urkel, Gabriel Byrne, Pierce Brosnan, Balki from Perfect Strangers, Jane Seymour, that chick from Heroes, Don Rickles, and Eric Idle in a movie together? No, nobody wants to see that! But they did it! In this fucking piece of shit called Quest for Camelot. Back in the mid nineties when animation studios were trying to take down Disney by...doing exactly what they did, Warner Brothers gave us Quest for Camelot. This cheap, uninventive knockoff of the Disney style is so bland and so inpassionate that you'd swear the steel they're fighting with would make much better characters. And actually, some of them do. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's take a look at this medieval blast from the ass and see why it should've stayed in the Dark Ages. So we start off in Pride Schlock as we see our main hero, who's a girl named Kayley. Awwwww. She's the daughter of one of the knights of the round table, played by Gabriel Byrne. What's the knight's name? Well, it doesn't really matter, they're having fun in this opening, which obviously means he's a goner. Kayley: I'm coming with you, daddy! Father: Yes, when you're old enough, Kayley. Kayley: One day, I'll be a knight. Like father. Well, you better work on growing that penis, honey. It's the Dark Ages, it sucks for everybody. So the father joins the other knights as they venture towards their destination. They ride to... Camelot! ♪We're knights of the round table♪ No, no, no no no no no! This is meant to be taken seriously. The real deal. There aren't any singing knights in this version. ♪ Each of us will now divide ♪ ♪ in equal shares our countryside ♪ Ugh. Alright, but if any of those knights are Richard Harris I'm getting the fuck outta here. Liberty! Justice! Trust! Wind! Water! Heart! Freedom! Peace! Honor! Tyrannosaur! Mastodon! Pterodactyl! Goodness! Strength! Valor! Bobby! Annette! Now, I don't wanna give anything away here, but one of these guys is going to be the villain. Can you guess who? Wow, you''re a dumbass. Actually, it's this guy, and his name is Ruber. And wouldn't you know it, he's played by Gary Oldman, who played ANOTHER obvious bad guy that everybody trusted as Dr. Smith in Lost in Space. Which, oddly enough, came out the exact same year this movie did. C'mon, Gary Oldman, you're a great actor. Why were you choosing these obvious villain roles at the time? I mean, there's just nothing subtle about them. [boom] Dr. Smith: Did somebody question my subtle acting?! NC: Oh cm'on, Dr. Smith, you're about as subtle as a fucking train wreck. NC: On a boat. Dr. Smith: Oh, come now, there are several differences between me and that Ruber fellow. Dr. Smith: For example, I want to seize power and control through a legion of spiders! NC: But...that Ruber guy wants to seize power and control too. Dr. Smith: But not with spiders! NC: Oh, for God's sake - you know what you need to do, Dr. Smith? Dr. Smith: Does it involve spiders? NC: No! You need to be diabolical. NC: Actually fool people into thinking you're a kind, gentle, caring person. You think you can do that? Dr. Smith: Think the boat's sort of sailed on that one. NC: Alright, well, don't bother me anymore, I've got a review to do. Dr. Smith: Wait! There's one more important thing! It's imperative that you must know! NC: What, what!? Dr. Smith: SPIDERS! [gunshot] [yelp] Dr. Smith: You're doomed! Doomed! [gunshot] [yelp] So Ruber goes mad with power and tries to take Arthur's sword and throne. The other knights stop him, but Kayley's father is killed in the process. Big flippin' surprise. They bury him at his home as Kayley tries to adjust to not having a father anymore. ♪if you were with me now♪ What, you squeeze a horse's mane, you get a song? ♪ find myself- ♪ [record scratch] ♪ Baby love- ♪ [record scratch] ♪na na na- ♪ [record scratch] ♪ Ducktales, woo-oo ♪ Cut to years later as Kayley has grown up into- HI, Belle from Beauty and the Beast! Fancy your image being shamefully ripped off here! I mean my God, they're not even trying! It's Belle! It's fucking Belle! Look, just change the outfits around a bit here, and... Yeah! It's Belle! It's fucking Belle! Okay, okay, maybe I'm being too critical, I mean, maybe she just looks like her. It's not like they both run through the fields with their arms open, feed animals on a farm, or sing a song about wanting more out of life and being stuck in an environment that doesn't welcome her free spirit. Oh wait, yes they fucking do! So while she still dreams about being a knight, King Arthur and his round table talk about how nothing horrible is going wrong just before something horrible goes wrong. A griffin comes and steals Excalibur, but suddenly loses it in a valley of thorns. Uh, what are those things? Are those monsters? Are those magic beings? Wha... Explain, movie! What, nothing? Nothing at all? Okay, we'll just ignore the giant elephant in the room a while longer. So the knights send out the word about Excalibur's theft. ♪ Ricola ♪ [horn blasts] Man: Excalibur, it's been stolen! I should know, I speak...horn. So Kayley wants to be a great knight by finding Excalibur and returning it to Camelot. Mother: That's a job for the knights, not for a young girl. Kayley: But I want to be a knight! Kayley: I'll go on grand adventures, fighting evil, rescuing damsels in distress! Hello, hot character trait! Kayley: What is a damsel anyway? Goodbye, hot character trait. Kayley: I want to save Camelot! But before she can become the world's greatest knight, Ruber takes over their village. How? By doing the most diabolical thing he can possibly fathom. Singing! Ruber: ♪ I have a plan, it includes you! ♪ Ruber: ♪ you, Julianna, will lead me to... ♪ Ruber: Camelot! Ruber: Now watch me create my mechanical army! Ruber: With pride- Okay, is he just making up this song as he goes? Seriously, I can't even catch the melody. Ruber: ♪now I'm back, and I will be staying this time♪ C'mon, Whose Line is it Anyway hoedowns sound more rehearsed than this! And those were improvised! Ruber: With this potion- Wait, Acme? What? Chicken, green... Smoke, zapping... Now he's an axe, wha-what?! What, what... WHAT?! Hi, remember me? I'm the audience! You wanna fill me in on what the fuck's going on?! Okay, from what I can gather, I guess, Ruber has a magic juice that can combine living things with inanimate objects, so he uses it to meld his followers into half-men, half-weaponry. But...what's the story behind it? I heard something about some witches he bought it from. What, witches are working at the Acme Corporation? The Acme Corporation supports the black arts? How does this work? You wanna elaborate a little bit? Explain, movie! Explain! Anyway, while that's going on, Kayley escapes in probably the most improbable way possible. The guard just lets her go. Really. You couldn't come up with a better reason than that. How distracted are these guards? Now we've gotcha! We're never gonna let you go and- [gasp] I have hands! So the griffin returns as it turns out he's been working for Ruber all this time. But unfortunately, he informs him that he lost Excalibur. Ruber: Excalibur is the one thing that can keep me from my conquest of Camelot! Ruber: [indecipherable screaming] I took screaming lessons from the villain in Warriors of Virtue! ♪ I pray you'll be my eyes ♪ ♪ and watch her where she goes ♪ Wait a minute, I know this song. This is The Prayer, that song that's been sung by like, everybody? Celine Dion, Josh Groban, Charlotte Church? This is a really famous song. THIS is where it came from?! You gotta be shitting me! No way could this story inspire a song that popular, they had to have written it before they even knew about the movie! But hey, maybe I'm wrong, maybe this scene and that song go perfectly together, maybe you can't imagine one without the other, they just match up perfectly. I don't know, let's take a look. ♪ lead her to a place ♪ ♪ guide her with your grace ♪ ♪ to a place where she'll be safe ♪ Unbelievable. Not even close! I have never seen a song so poorly matched up. You got monsters with weapons for hands, a young woman fleeing in fear, a chase scene into a creepy forest and a chicken who's a fucking axe! Are those really the images that come to your mind when you hear this song? If so, then you are FUCKED! I mean this song simply doesn't go in an action scene! How would you like it if in Sin City, they started playing this song over the really intense moments? ♪ lead us to a place ♪ ♪ guide us with your grace ♪ ♪ to a place where we'll be safe ♪ So she enters the forbidden forest where the henchmen are not far behind. "I'm still going to be the world's greatest knight!" "That's why I'm running away from danger that's closing in behind me!" "But I'm doing it very bravely." But she's saved by a hermit named Garrett, played by Carey Elwes, a blind man who, quite frankly, makes Daredevil's moves look like a five year old gymnast. So Kayley tells Garrett about the stolen sword as they rush to retrieve it. Garrett: Right. We're going after it. Kayley: Great! Garrett: Not you. Me and Aiden. We work alone. Yes, in medieval times, even a blind man has more credibility to go into danger than a woman does. It pays to have balls. Kayley: Well I see no reason why I can't come along. Garrett: ♪ I know the sound- ♪ Ah! Whose voice is that? Carey Elwes suddenly transformed into Clay Aiken. ♪ like every tree stands on its own ♪ ♪ reaching for- ♪ Uhh, wait, how can the plants move? What, what...leaves are flying? What is this? This is Camelot, not fucking Ferngully! How the fuck are they able to do this? ♪ reaching for the sky, I stand alone♪ I'm sorry, this just really irritates me! Why do the plants fucking move? You're not writing Lord of the Rings, you can't just make up your own theology! This one already exists! If you're gonna have plants move, you have to have a reason for it! Explain, movie! Explain! ♪ -by myself ♪ ♪ I stand alone ♪ Kayley: I just need your help this once. Garrett: Alright, alright. But you just sung a friggin' song about why she can't come with you, and then all of a sudden she can? I really want to come with you. No. ♪Like every tree stands on-♪ Please? Oh alright. [ding] But the comedic axe chicken (God, I can't believe I just put those words together) tells Ruber about Kayley's escape. Ruber: You! Report! "Well, the plot makes no sense, we have no originality, and the songs are gonna be more successful than the actual movie." Ruber: You wretched mythological moron! Chicken: Who knows where Excalibur is? Oh, by the way, did I mention that the chicken is played by Jaleel White? Doesn't that make him just so much more likable? (Sonic the Hedgehog voice) But if someone tries to touch you in a place or in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, that's no good. So just when you think the beaker of annoyance can't possibly be filled any more, guess what else they toss our way? A double dragon. God, I wish. No, this is a funny two-headed dragon voiced by Eric Idle and Don Rickles. Together at last! Tall dragon: Camelot? The restaurants, the theatres... Short dragon: The waitresses, the actresses... Are they funny? No. But they do love to sing obnoxious songs that just pop the hell out of nowhere. ♪ I'd be rockin' with the dinos, swingin' with the rhinos ♪ ♪ I'd re-dragonize this cave- ♪ Oh hey, this is like that thing Robin Williams did in Aladdin with the comedic references to modern-day elements that won't exist for hundreds of years, except when he did it, it was mildly annoying, and when you do it, it's torturously annoying. ♪ well, if I didn't- ♪ Yeah, where does Elvis fit into the Arthur legend exactly, huh? ♪ -have you ♪ Dragons: Thank you very much, thank you! Short dragon: Uh, you've never sung before, have you? [clapping] Kayley: C'mon Garrett! Short dragon: You don't need him, honey. So...what, we're just gonna move forward like nothing happened? Those two dragons just sung a three-minute song and you're not even going to acknowledge it? These songs have no purpose! They're like drive-by musicals! If you wanna have singing, fine! But make sure they have a point! Or are, you know, fucking entertaining! Short dragon: How 'bout holding your breath? So Rhubarb - oh, I'm sorry, Ruber - catches up with our heroes and attacks them. Ruber: Get them! But they all escape as Kayley gets Garrett somewhere safe to mend his wounds. Kayley: I'm sorry. Garrett: Shh. Garrett: ♪ look at the sky ♪ Oh, shut up! Does everybody have to sing in this movie?! Look at him, it actually looks like it's hurting as he sings. Why would you sing if you're in pain? Are you afraid a talent scout's gonna drop by on your deathbed?! Kayley: ♪ I hear your heartbeat just go on for miles ♪ Kayley: ♪ and suddenly I know why life- ♪ Wait, wait... No. No. You can't get away with that, movie! You need some explanation! How did a leaf evaporate into his skin and just magically cure him?! Nope! Nope, that does not happen, movie! That just does not happen! Unless you, oh, I don't know, EXPLAAAAIN!! So after the healing touch of...leaves, they make it to the cave where Excalibur is. And it turns out it's being held by... a rockbiter. Goblin: A rockbiter?! A rockbiter. For God's sake, you're not even trying. First you rip off Belle, and now you gotta rip off the rockbiter from Neverending Story. This is just painful! Rockbiter, what were you thinking? Rockbiter: It looked like a good, strong script, didn't it? The bad guys enter as well, but luckily our heroes get Excalibur before they can touch it. Ruber: The ogre's butt. Did he just say "the ogre's butt?" Ruber: The ogre's butt. Okay, that's not a sentence, that's a noun. That's not even a good noun. In fact, this is where Gary Oldman should have known this movie was going to suck. When he had to just say the line "the ogre's butt." Gary: Gentlemen, I wanted to talk to you about this line. Man: Which is that? Gary: "The ogre's butt." Man: What about it? Gary: that it? Simply "the ogre's butt?" Man: Yeah, it's an ogre's butt. What's wrong with an ogre's butt? Gary: Oh, nothing, I have nothing against the ogre's butt, I'm sure the ogre's butt is lovely. Gary: However, there doesn't seem to be any reason for the ogre's butt. Gary: How about perhaps a, uh, verb, or predicate clause? Gary: Like, "Look out for the ogre's butt." Gary: Or, "Oh no, we are under the ogre's butt." Gary: Or, if you'll permit me, "Woe is me and all others who are trapped under ogre's butt...eseses." Man: Yeah, ogre's butt isn't plural. Gary: Duly noted, but at least that one came with a conjunction. Gary: Grammatically speaking, I think that makes the ogre's butt much more palatable. Man: Look, just stick to the script. Gary: But I ask you, how does it make any sense? I'm a Shakespearean trained actor. Man: Hey, weren't you that spider in Lost in Space? Gary: Ogre's butt it is. Man: Get to work, puppet. Gary: [sigh] So our heroes get out and finally make it home. Kayley: Camelot. Patsy: It's only a model. King Arthur: Shh. Kayley: Oh, Garrett! But just as they're about to hand in the sword together... Garrett: You deliver it. I...I don't belong in that world. What do you mean you don't belong? You're incredible! You see better than how most people can see! In fact, are you even blind? Garrett: Come on, Aiden. Garrett: ♪ like every tree- ♪ No. This makes no sense. You don't belong in a world with cozy houses, comfy beds, and guaranteed security, but you do belong in a world of killer plants, giant monsters, and dragons that can fucking eat you. Hello, you're not hard of hearing! Just listen to a good opportunity and take advantage of it! You...moron! Well, of course, the bad guys catch up with Kayley and steal the sword away from her. Ruber takes the potion out of his cleavage and forges Excalibur onto his arm. Thus Kayley is kidnapped and used as leverage for her mother to get the villains into Camelot. Oh, and in answer to your question earlier, honey, about what a damsel in distress is, it's a stupid female who knows how to take care of herself but yet constantly has to be rescued. In other words: YOU! Ruber: Not a word. Guard: It's Lady Julianna! Lower the bridge at once! "Also let in the dark shadowy figure with the black hood, black horse and black saddle." "I'm sure he can be totally trusted." "I'm still the world's greatest knight!" Chicken: Ah! Bladebeak at your service! What?! Wait a minute! When did the chicken turn into a good guy? There was no transformation scene, he didn't talk to anyone, there wasn't even a line of dialogue! Aren't you gonna fill us in, movie? Aren't you gonna let us know what's going on? JUST... EX... PLAAAAAIIN!! [explosions, screaming] Whew, oh... Sorry. So Kayley escapes, Ruber attacks, and Garrett changes his mind and comes back to help. Bladebeak: You've got to ask yourself, "Do I feel clucky?" Well? Do ya, punk? Sorry, I'm goin' for two! [explosion] That's it, I'm wrapping it up! They corner Ruber at the stone that Excalibur was pulled out of and trick him into slipping it back in. This causes some magical bullshit that blows him up and, get this, magically heals everybody. Why? How? I refer you to my first nuclear explosion. That's right, everyone is totally and permanently healed... except for the blind guy. Hey, what the hell?! Give the fucker his eyes, you bastards! What, was saving everything that could possibly be saved in this movie just not enough for you? Excalibur's a bunghole! So Kayley and Garrett are finally made knights, all the people rejoice, and celebrate by inventing river dance. Merlin: Well done, Aiden. "Heh heh, I did absolutely nothing. I was a complete waste of animation." King Arthur: On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place. Yeah, I think Arthur summed it up there. Quest for Camelot. A Medieval Times restaurant has more dignity than this piece of shit. The characters are ripoffs, the story has no connection to the Arthur legend, and, oh yeah, there's a bajillion things that are never explained. In fact, I want an answer! I want an answer right now! And not only do I want an answer, I want it answered as the most innocent, perfect being that I can think of: Mary Poppins. That's right, Mary Poppins is gonna be my representation of this movie. So tell me, Mary Poppins, how do you explain this bullshit that we just witnessed? Mary Poppins: First of all, I would like to make one thing quite clear. Uh huh. Mary Poppins: I never explain anything. FUCK YOU BITCH! [gunshot] Oh my god! Oh my god, I just killed Mary Poppins! I just killed my first childhood icon! Good lord, that's what this movie has done to me! Oh, Mary Poppins, I'm so sorry! Bert: Mary Poppins! [gunshot] BERT! Oh no, I killed Bert too! Okay, I gotta get out of here before I start killing any more innocent Disney characters! I'm the Nostalgia Critic, I remember it so you don't have to! Mickey Mouse: Haha! Hi, Mr. Nostalgia Critic! [gunshot] NC: Mickey! Oh no! I'm sorry, Quest for Camelot made me do it! Mickey: I...I understand. NC: Noooo! The ogre's butt.



Sir Lionel is one of the knights of the Round Table, and his daughter Kayley wants to be a knight like her father. At Camelot, one of the knights, Ruber - wanting to overthrow King Arthur - attempts to kill him, but Lionel intervenes and is killed. Ruber flees Camelot in exile after being rebounded by Arthur's sword Excalibur. During Lionel's funeral, Arthur tells Kayley and her mother, Juliana, that they will be welcomed should they come to Camelot.

A decade later, a griffin attacks Camelot, stealing Excalibur. Merlin's falcon Ayden attacks the griffin and the sword falls into the Forbidden Forest. Meanwhile, Ruber invades Kayley's home, holds everyone hostage and uses a potion he obtained from witches to create steel warriors from his human henchmen and a rooster, who becomes known as Bladebeak. He plans to use Juliana to gain entrance into Camelot.

After escaping and eavesdropping on Ruber and the Griffin's conversation, Kayley enters the Forbidden Forest where she encounters Garrett; a blind hermit, and Ayden. Kayley convinces him to help her find Excalibur and learns that Garrett was once a stable boy in Camelot, and was blinded by one of the horses that he was rescuing from a stable fire. Lionel still believed in Garrett, and taught him to adapt.

They enter Dragon Country and meet a comical two-headed dragon named Devon and Cornwall who do not like each other, cannot breathe fire or fly (the reason they are bullied by other dragons), and want to be two individual dragons instead of one two-headed dragon. Devon and Cornwall decide to join to the group; Garrett reluctantly agrees after Kayley manages to convince him.

Later, they found the belt of Excalibur in a giant footprint. Kayley's insistence of questioning Garrett causes him to miss Ayden's signal and is injured by one of Ruber's men. Kayley drags Garrett away as the thorn bushed creatures hold Ruber and his men captive, and escorts him into a small cave where the magic of the forest heals Garrett's wounds. While they are in the cave, Kayley and Garrett have a connection. The group goes into a giant cave where it lives an ogre who holds Excalibur; currently using it as a toothpick. Kayley succeeds in getting Excalibur and they escape before Ruber can get to it.

Exiting the forest with Excalibur, Garrett stays behind, feeling unwanted in Camelot. After he leaves, Ruber captures Kayley and takes Excalibur. Devon and Cornwall, who witnessed this, rush to Garrett convincing him to go save Kayley. By working together for the first time, Devon and Cornwall are able to fly and breathe fire. Meanwhile, Kayley is held captive in one of the wagons; Bladebeak releases Kayley from her ropes and Garrett comes to her aid and they enter the castle.

Inside, they find Ruber attempting to kill Arthur with Excalibur; now bonded to his arm. Kayley and Garrett intervene and trick Ruber into returning Excalibur to its stone, causing its magic to disintegrate Ruber and revert the mechanical men, including Bladebeak, back to normal. Later, with Camelot restored to its former glory, Kayley and Garrett become knights of the round table.



In May 1995, The Quest for the Grail was Warner Bros. Feature Animation's first announced project. Bill Kroyer and Frederik Du Chau were announced as the directors, with Sue Kroyer serving as co-producer. The initial story centered around Susannah who embarks on a dangerous quest for the Holy Grail to save her sister from a ruthless and powerful knight.[4][5] The film was put into production before the story was finalized, but during the fall of 1995, animators were re-assigned to finish Space Jam. Meanwhile, in April 1996, Christopher Reeve was cast as King Arthur.[5] During the interim, several story changes were made that resulted in creative differences between the Kroyers and the studio management, which forced the team to leave the project in February 1997. Du Chau eventually replaced Kroyer as director while Reeve was replaced by Pierce Brosnan when he became unavailable to record new dialogue.[6][7]:217

Chrystal Klabunde, leading animator of Garrett, said in an article in Animation Magazine, "It was top heavy. All the executives were happily running around and playing executive, getting corner offices—but very few of them had any concept about animation at all, about doing an animated film. It never occurred to anybody at the top that they had to start from the bottom and build that up. The problems were really coming at the inexperience of everyone involved. Those were people from Disney that had the idea that you just said, 'Do it,' and it gets done. It never occurred to them that it got done because Disney had an infrastructure in place, working like clockwork. We didn't have that."[7]:218 Effects supervisor, Michel Gagné also said, "People were giving up. The head of layout was kicked out, the head of background, the executive producer, the producer, the director, the associate producer—all the heads rolled. It's kind of a hard environment to work in."[7]:218

Reportedly, "cost overruns and production nightmares" led the studio to "reconsider their commitment to feature animation."[8] Filmmaker Brad Bird (who helmed The Iron Giant, Warner Bros.' next animated film) thought that micromanaging, which he said had worked well for Disney but not for Warner Bros., had been part of the problem.[8]


The film was mainly animated at the main Warner Bros. Feature Animation facility located in Glendale, California, United States and London, England, United Kingdom.[5] In January 1996, the London animation studio was opened where more than 50 animators were expected to animate 20 minutes of animation, which would be sent back to Glendale to be inked-and-painted.[9] Additional studios that worked on the film included Yowza! Animation in Toronto, Ontario, Canada where they assisted in clean-up animation,[10] Heart of Texas Productions in Austin, and A. Film A/S in Copenhagen where, along with London, about a quarter of the film was animated overseas.[7]:218[11] The supervising animators were Athanassios Vakalis for Kayley, Chrystal Klabunde for Garrett, Cynthia Overman for Juliana, Alexander Williams for Ruber, Dan Wagner for Devon and Cornwall, Stephen Franck for the Griffin and Bladebeak, and Mike Nguyen for Ayden.[12]

Computer animation was used for a few scenes, such as to create the rock ogre.[13] According to Kit Percy, head of CGI effects, the software they used was designed for use in live-action.[13]


Quest for Camelot: Music from the Motion Picture
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released May 5, 1998
Genre Various
Length 45:07
Label Atlantic Records
Producer Various Artists
Singles from Quest for Camelot: Music from the Motion Picture
  1. "Looking Through Your Eyes"
    Released: March 24, 1998
  2. "The Prayer"
    Released: 1 March 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[14]

On January 31, 1996, Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster were attached to compose several songs for the film.[15] The album peaked at #117 on the Billboard 200, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song for "The Prayer", and was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song, also for "The Prayer" (though it lost the latter to "When You Believe" from DreamWorks' The Prince of Egypt).

On the soundtrack, "The Prayer" was performed separately by Celine Dion in English, and by Andrea Bocelli in Italian. The now better-known Dion-Bocelli duet in both languages first appeared in October 1998 on Dion's Christmas album These Are Special Times; it was also released as a single in March 1999 and on Bocelli's album Sogno in April 1999.

Track listing

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Looking Through Your Eyes" LeAnn Rimes 4:06
2. "I Stand Alone" Steve Perry 3:43
3. "The Prayer" Celine Dion 2:49
4. "United We Stand" Steve Perry 3:20
5. "On My Father's Wings" Andrea Corr 3:00
6. "Looking Through Your Eyes" The Corrs and Bryan White 3:36
7. "Ruber" Gary Oldman 3:56
8. "I Stand Alone" Bryan White 3:26
9. "If I Didn't Have You" Eric Idle and Don Rickles 2:55
10. "Dragon Attack/Forbidden Forest" Patrick Doyle 3:14
11. "The Battle" Patrick Doyle 2:49
12. "Looking Through Your Eyes" David Foster 3:57
13. "The Prayer" (in Italian) Andrea Bocelli 4:09
Total length: 45:07


The film was originally slated for November 1997, but was pushed to May 1998 to avoid competition with Anastasia and the re-release of The Little Mermaid.[16]


The film was accompanied with a promotional campaign with promotional licensees including Wendy's and Kenner Products.[16][17] It also partnered with Scholastic to produce children's books based on the film.[18]

Home video

Quest for Camelot was released on VHS and DVD by Warner Home Video on October 13, 1998. The VHS tape includes a teaser trailer for Warner Bros. and Morgan Creek Productions' The King and I, while the DVD included several making-of documentaries with interviews of the filmmakers and cast and a music video of "I Stand Alone". To help promote the home video release of the film, Warner Bros. partnered with Act II, American Express, Best Western, CoinStar, Continental Airlines, Smucker's and UNICEF, which advertise its trick-or-treat donation boxes before Halloween arrived. Also included inside every videocassette are a free "Devon & Cornwall" pendant offer, a free main-in offer for a 14-inch "Devon & Cornwall" plush toy, and a Warner Bros. 75th anniversary booklet with over $150 (or in some cases $65) in valuable savings and special offers.[19] Currently, a Blu-ray version of the film has yet to be announced.


Critical reaction

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 35% based on 23 reviews with an approval rating of 5.2/10.[20]

David Kronke of the Los Angeles Times described the film as "formulaic", and wrote that it was "a nearly perfect reflection of troubling trends in animated features", called Kayley "a standard-issue spunky female heroine", and said that "Garrett's blindness is the one adventurous element to the film, but even it seems calculated; his lack of sight is hardly debilitating, yet still provides kids a lesson in acceptance."[21] Critical of the story, animation, characters, and music, James Berardinelli of ReelViews claimed the film was "dull, uninspired, and, worst of all, characterized by artwork that could charitably be called 'unimpressive.'"[22] Stephen Holden of the New York Times wrote "Coming on the heels of 20th Century Fox's lush but silly Anastasia (a much better film than this one), Quest for Camelot suggests that Disney still owns the artistic franchise on animated features."[23] Kevin J. Harty, editor of a collection of essays called Cinema Arthuriana, says that the film is "slightly indebted to, rather than, as Warner publicity claims, actually based on" Chapman's novel.[24]

Peter Stack of the San Francisco Chronicle opined the film is "a spirited adventure with generous romantic and comic charms" that "aims to please a range of ages, with loopy gags, corny romance, an oversized villain and catchy tunes performed by Celine Dion and LeAnn Rimes, among others."[25]

Box office

It grossed $6,041,602 on its opening weekend ranking third behind The Horse Whisperer and Deep Impact.[26] The film ultimately grossed $22,510,798 during its theatrical run in North America.[27] Cumulatively, the film grossed $38,172,500 worldwide.[3] The studio lost about $40 million on the film.[28]

Award and nominations

The film is recognized by American Film Institute in these lists:

Video game

The video game was released in 1998 for Game Boy Color.

See also


  1. ^ "Quest for Camelot". American Film Institute. Retrieved February 4, 2017. 
  2. ^ "THE MAGIC SWORD - QUEST FOR CAMELOT (U)". Warner Bros. British Board of Film Classification. May 27, 1998. Retrieved September 8, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Quest for Camelot (1998)". The Numbers. Retrieved 2016-05-22. 
  4. ^ Berman, Art (May 26, 1995). "Movies: Warners Does a Disney". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b c "Christopher Reeve signed to provide character voice for Warner Bros. Feature Animation's The Quest For Camelot" (Press release). Business Wire. April 1, 1996. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  6. ^ Mallory, Michael (November 17, 1997). "Warner Bros. searches for boxoffice grail". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Beck, Jerry (2005). The Animated Movie Guide. Chicago Review Press. ISBN 978-1556525919. 
  8. ^ a b Miller, Bob (1999-08-01). "Lean, Mean Fighting Machine: How Brad Bird Made The Iron Giant". Animation World Magazine. Animation World Network. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  9. ^ "Warner to open London animation studio" (Press release). Burbank, California. United Press International. January 5, 1996. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Durham College and Yowza Digital Inc. announce research agreement to create new transmedia production process". Durham College. August 19, 2010. Retrieved September 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ Solomon, Charles (August 3, 1997). "Drawing on Talent Overseas". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Quest for Camelot: About The Production". Film Scouts. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b Quest for Camelot. Special Features: The Animation Process (text) (DVD). Warner Home Video. 1998. 
  14. ^ Quest for Camelot at AllMusic
  15. ^ "Sager Gets Animated About 'Camelot' Production" (Fee required). Los Angeles Daily News. January 31, 1996. Retrieved September 8, 2017 – via HighBeam Research. 
  16. ^ a b Johnson, Ted (January 28, 1997). "'Camelot' put off by WB to '98". Variety. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  17. ^ Szadkowski, Joseph (March 1, 1998). "Toy Fair: A Flood of Animated Toys". Animation World Network. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Partnership Launches with Scholastic's Quest for Camelot Publishing Program" (Press release). Time Warner. Time Warner. January 21, 1998. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  19. ^ ""Quest for Camelot" -- Animated Feature Film From Warner Bros. Family Entertainment Arrives On Home Video Oct. 13; First-Ever Fully Animated Theatrical DVD Release" (Press release). Business Wire. October 13, 1998. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Quest For Camelot (1998)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  21. ^ Kronke, David (May 15, 1998). "Warner Bros.' Animated 'Camelot' Hits Formulaic Notes". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  22. ^ Berardinelli, James. "The Quest for Camelot". ReelViews. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  23. ^ Holden, Stephen (May 15, 1998). "Quest for Camelot (1998) FILM REVIEW; Adventures of Some Square Pegs at the Round Table". The New York Times. 
  24. ^ Harty, Kevin J. (2002). Kevin J. Harty, ed. Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays. McFarland & Company. p. 26. ISBN 0-7864-1344-1. 
  25. ^ Stack, Peter (May 15, 1998). "A Charming `Quest' / Animated legend finds right mix of adventure, romance". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved September 10, 2017. 
  26. ^ Welkos, Richard (May 19, 1998). "Audiences Still Flocking to 'Impact'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 8, 2017. 
  27. ^ "Quest for Camelot (1998)". Box Office Mojo. 
  28. ^ Bates, James; Eller, Claudia (June 24, 1999). "Animators' Days of Drawing Big Salaries Are Ending". Los Angeles Times. p. 2. Retrieved October 4, 2010. 
  29. ^ "AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved 2016-08-05. 


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