Reviewed by: Tim Emmerich
Back in medieval times, daughters had their dreams, just like sons did. Kayley dreamed of one day being a knight like her father, Lionel, even though it was unheard of to have a female knight. Lionel was a knight for the good King Arthur. However, an evil knight, Ruber, caused all kinds of chaos, killing Lionel in the process. Ruber was banished from Camelot, but he returns years later and steals the fabled sword Excalibur when Kayley is just a teenager. She meets up with a blind hermit named Garrett and together with some unusual companions (two-headed “baby” dragon with each head having its own distinctive character, silver-winged eagle) to try to regain Excalibur and save Camelot. So our story begins…
From a Christian standpoint, there are elements that many will not agree with. The use of sorcery and violence are the top two. (Numerous violent scenes include sword fights, a monster hit in the crotch with a stick, men killed with swords, magic potions turning men into monsters, etc.) There is no obscene or profane language, but one crude word for vomit. Also, there is a kiss between the two dragon heads (portrayed as males), but this doesn’t seem to be any homosexual agenda item. Overall, “Quest for Camelot” is too scary and suspensful in several spots for younger viewers and should be previewed by their parents.
While the animation was not as detailed as you would expect in spots, they did do a somewhat decent job of merging traditional animation with computer-generated animation. The music and singing was acceptable, there was just about the right amount. However, you probably won’t be humming any of the tunes after the movie. There is a dash of humor thrown into the pot as well.
All in all, a decent non-disney animated movie worthy of matinee prices for big and little kids. For us older kids, watch closely and see how many Warner Brothers' references or scenes you see (hint: Acme, Road Runner scenery, etc.)