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''Quest for Camelot'' (also known as ''[[MarketBasedTitle The Magic Sword]]'') is an animated film released by WarnerBros Animation in 1998. It was generally disliked by audiences, but did receive several award nominations for its soundtrack (composed by Patrick Doyle, with songs written by David Foster), which won a Golden Globe for Best Original Song for "[[AwardBaitSong The Prayer]]." As with most FollowTheLeader animated features of the decade (the leader being {{Disney}}), it had a big-name voice cast, including GaryOldman as the villain, Ruber; [[Film/ThePrincessBride Cary Elwes]] as the male lead, Garrett; Jessalyn Gilsig as the female lead Kayley; PierceBrosnan as KingArthur; Sir John Gielgud as Merlin; Creator/GabrielByrne as Kayley's father, Sir Lionel; [[Film/LiveAndLetDie Jane Seymour]] as Kayley's mother, Lady Juliana; and [[Creator/MontyPython Eric Idle]] and [[WesternAnimation/ToyStory Don Rickles]] as a two-headed dragon with the names [[UsefulNotes/TheWestCountry Devon and Cornwall]]. The songs also got a pretty impressive cast of singers like CelineDion, TheCorrs and Bryan White.

The film is ''very'' loosely based on a book by Vera Chapman called ''The King's Damosel'' (AKA ''The King's Damsel''), inspired by [[KingArthur Arthurian]] lore. The story was made more [[ExecutiveMeddling 'family friendly']] during production by the additions of songs and cute animal friends, but they'd have done much better to have left it alone; these concessions to the AnimationAgeGhetto were some of the main criticisms leveled at the film when it was released.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AffablyEvil: The Griffin, at least when he isn't interacting with the good guys; could arguably even be an example of DarkIsNotEvil, since he's just Ruber's pet anyway.
** A memorable quote by said Griffin (upon being berated by Ruber for not replying): "Sorry master, my mouth was full!"
* AnalogyBackfire: In "If I Didn't Have You", Cornwall says he'd "be rockin' with the dinos", which is later countered by Devon, who says "You'd be ''extinct'', you'd cease to be!"
* AnimatedMusical
* AppliedPhlebotinum: Ruber's potion, which somehow transforms his henchmen into metalized versions of themselves. [[StrongFleshWeakSteel Not that it helps anyways]].
* AwardBaitSong: ''Looking Through Your Eyes'' is the one that has all the trope characteristics, but ''The Prayer'' was the one which actually won an award.
* AxCrazy: Ruber -- his TwitchyEye makes it clear. [[LampshadeHanging And he's so glad you noticed! He's been working at it for years!]]
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Ruber is the only knight of the round table who is not generically attractive. He promptly betrays everyone else - and kills Kayley's father - for [[AmbitionIsEvil his own ambitions]]
* BecomeYourWeapon: Ruber uses a potion that causes this on his army.
* BoundAndGagged: Kayley, near the end.
* ButtMonkey: Poor, ''poor'' Griffin. First he is harassed by a falcon that is ''ten times'' smaller than he is, then at the very moment we discover he is owned by Ruber he is threatened and harmed. It's all downhill from there, as no matter how loyal he is, he's incompetent as hell, and Ruber has no problems with punishing him for that. At the end, when he finally gets to have revenge on the falcon, he is burned, presumably to death, by a two-headed dragon. On top of that, many consider him TheScrappy, even though in the end he is probably one of the most sympathetic characters in the movie (aside from the leads if they aren't considered {{Mary Sue}}s). AlasPoorScrappy indeed.
* TheCaligula: Ruber
* TheCameo: When Ruber and his mechanical army arrive in Camelot at the film's climax, Buffy Binford from Creator/BradBird's ''[[Series/AmazingStories Family Dog]]'' can be clearly seen in the background. Clearly animators from ''TheIronGiant'' came in and decided to have a little fun.
** Brosnan and Gielgud voice-acting could be considered cameos given how little they do.
** Creator/TexAvery's RedHotRidingHood can be seen in the "If I Didn't Have You" musical number.
* CharacterTics: Ruber has an eye tic when he's agitated, and his irises even tend to [[OffModel disappear]].
* CoolSword: Excalibur, of course.
* CompositeCharacter: To the extent that ''any'' of the characters resemble the ones in ''The King's Damosel'', Garret appears to be a cross between Gareth (would-be knight, the name) and Lucius (blind loner).
* ConspicuousCGI: Often, especially the "ogre" (aka the rock monster) and the round table scene.
* CoolButInefficient: Once Ruber has Excalibur, he fuses it to his arm so that he can hold it forever. The end result is cool looking, but it doesn't seem to benefit him in any way in terms of sword-fighting and it later gets him killed.
* DarkReprise: Garret's "I Stand Alone" gets a brief and impressively bitter reprise after he decides not to go with Kayley to Camelot.
* DeadpanSnarker: At least half the words that come from Garret's mouth are dripping with this.
* DeusExMachina: In the climax, Kayley (with Garret's help) causes Ruber, who has fused his arm with Excalibur, to thrust the sword back into the stone -- as he is not the rightful king, he cannot remove it. This is clever. However, it then turns out the inherent magic of the stone, which was only hinted at visually, serves as this, too. [[spoiler:It kills Ruber.]]
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: More of a dragon in this case. Ruber does this to one of the evil dragons while it has him cornered, despite seemingly giving in by tossing away his sword first.
* DisabledLoveInterest: Garret is rather pretty, there's attraction between him and Kayley, and he's blind.
* DieOrFly: It doesn't work. (Un)Fortunately, no one dies either.
* DisneyAcidSequence: "If I Didn't Have You" is a particularly jarring example as it looks like the kind of short funny cartoon Warner Bros. is rightfully better-known for -- randomly placed in the middle of what's supposed to be a dramatic epic.
* {{Disneyfication}}: What happened to the original story. Ironic, considering that WarnerBros. were actually competing with Disney at the time. See ExecutiveMeddling in the Trivia section.
* {{Excalibur}}
** ExcaliburInTheStone: Ties into the climax mentioned above.
* {{Expy}}: As pointed out by [[http://www.agonybooth.com/recaps/Quest_for_Camelot_1998.aspx?Page=2 The Agony Booth]], [[http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/thatguywiththeglasses/nostalgia-critic/17979-quest-for-camelot the Nostalgia Critic]] and LaurenFaust (who worked on the film as an animator) Kayley is, both looks and personality-wise, [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast Belle]]. Faust, [[http://www.donbluthanimation.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1619 commenting]] on the similarity, goes even further and points out that Garret looks like the human form of the Beast.
* EvilRedhead: Ruber.
* FallingInLoveMontage: Kayley and Garret, during their "''Looking Through Your Eyes''" duo.
* FauxActionGirl: Kayley aspires to knighthood and heroism, but when things get dangerous it quickly becomes clear that a background of farm chores and haphazard self-training hasn't left her very well equipped to defend herself, and she spends most of the film running away or relying on Garrett.
* {{Feelies}}: The VHS release came with a necklace whose charm featured Devon and Cornwall. Annoyingly, said necklace was under not the shrinkwrap on the new movie, but under the plastic of the clamshell cover meaning that you either had to partly ruin the cover to get the blasted thing out, or you had a heck of a time lining it up neatly on your video shelf.
* ForbiddenZone: The Forbidden Forest. No, [[Literature/HarryPotter not that one]].
* TheGenieKnowsJackNicholson: Devon and Cornwall. Also Bladebeak quoting ''Film/DirtyHarry'' for some damn reason.
* {{Gonk}}: Ruber.
* HandicappedBadass: Garret.
* HandWave: The only explanation for the moving plants is a blink-and-you-miss-it reference to the forest being "enchanted". Where Ruber got his potion might also qualify - he states in his VillainSong that he bought it from some witches.
* HappilyEverAfter: The ending features Kayley and Garret riding off together on a horse which is adorned with a sign reading "Just Knighted." One presumes there was a wedding in there too, but it's never specifically stated.
* HappilyMarried: Kayley's parents. He takes care to kiss her goodbye before riding off to Camelot, and it's clear she misses him after his death.
* HeelFaceTurn: Bladebeak undergoes one of these after he finds his mate locked in a cage by Ruber, [[MinionWithAnFInEvil though he was hardly the embodiment of "evil" to begin with]].
** MistreatmentInducedBetrayal
* HighFantasy: Attempted, but not executed too well. Since the film is loosely based on the KingArthur mythos and is supposed to be taking place in Britain, many feel that some of its unexplained fantastic elements like the moving plants and Ruber's potion seem out of place (though see HandWave above).
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: King Arthur for knighting Ruber in the first place.
* HugeRiderTinyMount: During "The Prayer".
* IAmSong: Garret's "''I Stand Alone''".
* IdentityConcealmentDisposal: When he attacks Juliana's farm, Ruber enters the house wearing a face-concealing horned helmet that he then takes off, tosses aside and never puts on again for the rest of the film.
* IWantSong: Kayley's "On My Father's Wings," in which she expresses her desire to become a knight. The other characters get their own songs, too.
* IWorkAlone: Garret. He also has a song -- "I Stand Alone", mentioned above -- about this.
* JustBetweenYouAndMe: Ruber details his EvilPlan to Kayley and her mother, mostly in song.
* KissingCousins: Apparently, Devon and Cornwall are the result of this.
-->'''Devon:''' Frankly, we're the reason cousins shouldn't marry.
* KnightInSourArmor: Garret.
* LargeHam: Ruber. Which is [[SarcasmMode downright shocking]], given [[GaryOldman his voice actor]].
-->"[[ChewingTheScenery NOOOWW, AFTER THE GIIIIIRL!]]"
* LaughablyEvil: Ruber.
* LipLock: The lip sync looks a little bit off sometimes, especially during songs. Yes, even in English.
* MeaningfulEcho: "I will not serve a false king!" Said first by Lionel to Ruber and then, later, by [[spoiler:Kayley]].
* AMinorKidroduction: The movie starts with Kayley as a child, later followed by a cameo of a young Garrett during the first song.
* MultipleHeadCase: Guess who?
* NatureHero: Garret.
* NonHumanSidekick: Devon and Cornwall fall under this, as do Bladebeak and Ayden.
* ObviouslyEvil: At the beginning of the film we get a panning shot of the Round Table. Seated at it are several identical-looking generic knights... and one [[{{Gonk}} creepily deformed one with a banana-shaped head, greenish skin and yellow eyes]]. Apparently one of the virtues Arthur espouses is not judging by appearances. [[BrokenAesop And just look where that got him.]]
* OffModel: Not constantly, but enough to make you take notice. Combines poorly with the ConspicuousCGI.
* OurDragonsAreDifferent: They're conjoined twins. And they're purple. And they can't fly (for which they even say they're shunned by their own kind).
* OurGryphonsAreDifferent: Looks like a traditional griffin, but the one in the story is kind of weird. The bird front half is much larger then the lion hindquarters, and rather than eagle-like the head must belong to a bat-eared-cat-eyed-vulture-beaked thing.
* PolarOppositeTwins: Devon and Cornwall.
* ThePowerOfFriendship[=/=]ThePowerOfLove: Devon and Cornwall lament their inability to fly through most of the movie, then find themselves able to do it once Kayley is kidnapped. Garret realizes that they can't fly unless they ''agree'' on things, and pushes them to do so by prompting, "You both love Kayley, right?"
* ProphetEyes: While not a prophet, Garret has these eyes.
* PurpleEyes: Lady Juliana, Kayley's mum, has them.
* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation
* RockMonster: The ogre.
* {{Scotireland}}: Camelot basically turns into this for some reason, largely thanks to the sorta-Celtic-ish soundtrack. ''Riverdance'' was popular at the time so...
** Also the involvement of TheCorrs. Their style is specially prominent in "On My Father's Wings," which almost sounds like ripped off from their album ''Talk On Corners''.
* ShoutOut: There are lots of WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes gags to be found, the most obvious being ACME [[MoodWhiplash written on Ruber's potion.]]
** Also during Devon & Cornwall's musical number, at one time they're falling down a canyon ripped straight from a Wile E. Coyote cartoon.
*** Also a Creator/MontyPython shout-out during the dragons' song, when Devon (voiced by Python Eric Idle) declares, "You'd be nothing without me -- you'd be extinct! '''You'd cease to be!'''"
*** And during the lines when Cornwall sings about being "the Dragon King", he holds Devon up on a kopje in open parody of Simba's presentation in ''Disney/TheLionKing''.
*** During the scene where Cornwall has a chainsaw, he is wearing a hockey mask. (Although [[Franchise/FridayThe13th Jason Voorhees]] [[Franchise/TheTexasChainsawMassacre isn't the slasher who wields a chainsaw]])
*** Devon also turns into Godzilla during the song, with the line "I'd be a fire breathing lizard!"
** Garret is a teenager/young adult dressed in green with a wooden weapon looking in an enchanted forest for a mythical sword. [[Franchise/TheLegendOfZelda Think about that for a second.]]
*** Funnily enough, the Gameboy Color game was obviously based on the 2D ''Legend of Zelda'' games.
** During the FinalBattle, JohnWilliams ' ''Film/{{Superman}}'' Main Theme makes an appearance - although, oddly, the subtitles for this scene refer to it as "''StarWars'' Theme".
** Garrett and Kayley's embrace during the ''Through Your Eyes'' segment resembles the poster from ''The Princess Bride'', which also starred Cary Elwes.
* SidekickSong: "If I Didn't Have You"
* SlipknotPonytail: During her escape, Kayley runs into a forest where one of the branches snags her hair tie and undoes her ponytail. After she's freed from Garret's net a short time later, she's seen finding another hair tie and fixing it back up. Which is funny, since a lot of the promotion material used ended up using the loose-haired Kayley over her ponytail version.
* SmallAnnoyingCreature: Bladebeak.
* SoundtrackDissonance: "The Prayer" and... well, lots of other songs.
* StealthPun: Music/AndreaBocelli drops by for an Italian version of The Prayer over the credits. This is appropriate when you remember that he became blind in a very similar manner to Garret, after being hit in the head as a child. Was he perhaps the inspiration for Garret's backstory?
* SurroundedByIdiots: To a ludicrous extent. [[SkewedPriorities Ruber's minions take Bladebeak's mate along, but allow Kayley to escape]].
* ThemeParkVersion: Of generic fantasy films. The plot chugs along whether the characters are coming or not, leaving the characters free to think in cliches when they think at all. The end result is that it hits all the major plot points of such a movie, but it doesn't explain why they're happening to begin with.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Garret delivers one of these to Kayley when they first meet. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment It doubles as his character song]].
* [[ThoseTwoGuys Those Two Dragons]]: Cornwall and Devon - who HAPPEN TO SHARE ONE BODY ! ! !
* VillainSong: "Ruber's Song", though with no melody, tune or rhythm it truly stretched to the vaguest of limits what qualifies as a "song". There actually is a bit of rhyming in it, so it's less of a "song" and more of a "long-winded mediocre poem". Then again, it's Ruber. He's a bit too erratic for a proper song.
** And come on, that chugging, insistent music in the back of it all? [[ThePowerOfRock That's ELECTRO-ROCK MUSIC!]] That's pretty badass.
* VillainousValour: Ruber is a psychotic murderer, no doubt of it, but you must admit is also exceptionally strong and brave. He kills a scary-looking dragon ''with his bare hands'' and then cooks it for lunch.
** There is also a scene toward the beginning where Kayley tries to hit him from behind with a good-sized mace. He turns around, catches it, and then twists the head. Never mind that the spikes should have skewered his hands.
* VirtueViceCodification: Various virtues are lauded in a song sung during the introduction to Camelot.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: A particularly {{Anvilicious}} case. Devon and Cornwall are drawn to look rather silly and harmless. Bladebeak is also silly-looking. Ayden has a round, sweet face, big soft eyes and cute fluttery movements. In contrast, the "evil" dragons are sharp-toothed, have squinty eyes, and look altogether more feral, and the griffin henchman has another set of scary evil eyes, a long crooked beak, bat ears, and a small head compared to his thick-maned neck and the voice of Bronson Pinchot (we're not sure what to make of that last thing).
* WhatWouldXDo: Juliana and Kayley get into an argument about Kayley's dream to become a knight. After her daughter runs off in anger, Juliana wonders what Lionel would have done about the issue.
* WithMyHandsTied: Kayley is captured and tied up, but is able to sweep her legs under a {{mook}}'s feet while still tied, giving her time to free herself with Bladebeak's help.
* YouCantGoHomeAgain: Why Devon and Cornwall stick around with the group. Apparently, dragons are forbidden to interact with humans.
** Evoked with Garrett as well when he initially declines to return to Camelot with Kayley after they get Excalibur: on one level there's probably still some bad memories of his time there and the events that led to him seemingly losing any chance of becoming a knight, and then of course his feelings that he would appear inferior and undesirable to Kayley when juxtaposed with the current Knights of the Round Table.
* YouKilledMyFather
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