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Quest for Camelot

Theatrical poster
Directed by Frederik Du Chau
Produced by Andre Clavel
Dalisa Cohen
Zahra Dowlatabadi
Written by Novel ("The King's Damosel"):
Vera Chapman
Kirk De Micco
William Schifrin
Jacqueline Feather
David Seidler
Starring Jessalyn Gilsig
Cary Elwes
Gary Oldman
Eric Idle
Don Rickles
Jane Seymour
Pierce Brosnan
Bronson Pinchot
Jaleel White
Gabriel Byrne
John Gielgud
Frank Welker
Music by Patrick Doyle
Editing by Stanford C. Allen
Studio Warner Bros. Feature Animation
Distributed by Warner Bros. Family Entertainment
Release date(s) May 15, 1998 (1998-05-15)
Running time 86 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $40,000,000 (estimated)
Gross revenue $22,717,758 (domestic)

Quest for Camelot is an animated feature film from Warner Bros. Animation, released in 1998. It is based on the novel The King's Damosel by Vera Chapman.

The movie is about a young woman named Kayley who wants to be a knight of the Round Table in Camelot like her father Sir Lionel, a blind young man named Garrett who wishes only to be left alone, and their quest to find Excalibur.



A young girl named Kayley, the daughter of Sir Lionel (Gabriel Byrne), wants to become a knight like her father is. Lionel and the other Knights of the Round Table travel to Camelot to hold a counsel. However, one of the knights, Sir Ruber (Gary Oldman), goes mad with power and attempts to seize King Arthur's (Pierce Brosnan) sword and throne. Ruber is chased off, but Lionel is killed in the process. During his funeral, Kayley tries to adjust to not having a father. Ten years later, Kayley (Jessalyn Gilsig) still wants to become a knight. In Camelot, just as the Knights of the Round Table talk about how nothing wrong has happened recently, a griffin (Bronson Pinchot) breaks into Camelot and steals the sword Excalibur, dropping it into the Forbidden Forest. The knights send out the word about Excalibur's theft, inspiring Kayley to go out and find Excalibur and return it to Camelot. Before she can do so, Sir Ruber arrives to take over her village and uses black magic to combine his human henchmen (and a chicken) with their own weapons, creating mechanical warriors. As Kayley escapes, the griffin returns and informs Ruber that Excalibur has been lost. Kayley flees from Ruber's pursuing henchmen and enters the Forbidden Forest, where she is saved by a blind hermit named Garrett (Cary Elwes) and his pet falcon Ayden (Frank Welker). Kayley tells Garrett of Excalibur and convinces him into joining her in retrieving it.

Bladebeak (Jaleel White), the chicken-axe hybrid that Ruber created, reports to Ruber about Kayley's escape. Meanwhile Kayley and Garrett meet the two-headed dragon Devon and Cornwall (Eric Idle and Don Rickles), who proceed to perform a pointless musical number featuring modern cultural elements that won't exist for hundreds of years. Ruber finally catches up with the group, but Kayley manages to fend him off long enough to get Garrett somewhere safe. After mending Garrett's wounds, the group travels to a cave, where they find that Excalibur is being kept by a rock ogre. They manage to retrieve Excalibur from the ogre just as Ruber's group shows up. With Excalibur at hand, Kayley and the others return to Camelot. However, Ruber and his henchmen catch up and steal Excalibur, which Ruber magically fuses with his arm. Kayley is taken hostage and is used as leverage for her mother (Jane Seymour) to get Ruber into Camelot. Upon arrival at Camelot, Bladebeak inexplicably betrays Ruber and frees Kayley. She and Garret manage to corner Ruber at the stone that Excalibur was originally pulled out of and trick him into sticking the sword back into it. This causes Ruber to be destroyed and his henchmen to be returned to normal. Kayley and Garrett are knighted and they are presumably married as well.



Kenny Ortega served as the film's choreographer. CGI was used for a few scenes, such as to create the rock ogre.[1] According to Kit Percy, head of CGI effects, the software they used was designed for use with live-action.[1]


This movie received mixed to mostly negative reviews. It was criticized for being too bland and mostly a Disney-type rip-off movie. At the box-office, this movie underperformed drastically. Making $6,041,602 on its opening weekend and $22,717,758 during its theatrical run (on a $40 million budget), the film was largely overshadowed by Deep Impact and the opening weekend debut of The Horse Whisperer, and the following week by then hyped release of Godzilla..

David Kronke of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film is "a nearly perfect reflection of troubling trends in animated features," called Kaylee "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".[2] Reportedly, "cost overruns and production nightmares" led the studio to "reconsider their commitment to feature animation."[3] 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.[3] 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.[4]

Nonetheless, the animation of the movie is sometimes positively credited, especially the effects animation supervised by Michel Gagné. The soundtrack is quite well-known due to the celebrity vocals present on it, such as Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli singing "The Prayer", LeAnn Rimes singing her single version of the movie's romantic duet, "Looking Through Your Eyes", The Corrs singing "On my Father's Wings", "Looking Through Your Eyes" and Steve Perry singing "I Stand Alone", which is also featured on his "Greatest Hits + 5 Unreleased" album. Gary Oldman is also on the soundtrack, singing Ruber's theme. "The Prayer" was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song at the 71st Academy Awards and won the 1999 Golden Globe for Best Original Song - Motion Picture despite the film not being considered a commercial and/or critical success. One of the Celtic Woman members, Chloë Agnew covered "The Prayer" in full English. Another member of the same group, Deirdre Shannon and her brother Matthew, a former Celtic Tenor covered it for her solo album. A rendition of "The Prayer" was performed at the Closing Ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics, by Josh Groban and Charlotte Church has become popular in the United States as a Christmas song.

See also List of films based on Arthurian legend


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  1. ^ a b (DVD) Quest for Camelot. Special Features: The Animation Process (text). Warner Home Video. 1998. 
  2. ^ Kronke, David (1998-04-15). "Quest for Camelot: Warner Bros.' Animated 'Camelot' Hits Formulaic Notes". South Florida,0,7432856.story. Retrieved 2008-12-09. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Harty, Kevin J.; in Kevin J. Harty (ed.) (2002). Cinema Arthuriana: Twenty Essays. McFarland & Company. pp. 26. ISBN 0-7864-1344-1. 

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Lady Juliana: You're mad!
Ruber: I'm so glad you noticed! I've been working at it for years!

Garrett: (His first lines, after Kayley falls into a swamp bed and gets tangled in a net) Hey! That's my net.

Kayley: (After Garrett saves her from Ironmen) That was...incredible! How you, smashed those creatures! How you-you avoided that-that-that, thing! Your amazing! Your- (Notices Garrett's not listening to her)
Garrett: (Agrees uncaringly, as he looks over his ruined net) mmhmm.
Kayley: Not, even, listening to me!
Garrett: Great, took me six weeks to make this net!
Kayley: Net? You saved my life. Thank you.
Garrett: Well, everyone makes mistakes sometimes.
Kayley: Oh, I get it. This is where King Arthur sends his unfunny jesters, right?
Garrett: And now I'll thank you...
Kayley: For what?
Garrett: For reminding me why I'm a hermit! Good day! (Begins to walk away)
Kayley: But wait! What's your name?
Garrett: It's Garrett.
Kayley: I'm Kayley! (Garrett seemingly continues to ignore her by walking on) Garrett! Why won't you look at me when I'm talking to you?... Oh. Oh, I didn't realize you were...
Garrett: What? Tall? Rugged? Handsome?
Kayley: (Astonished) Blind.
Garrett: (Chuckles lightly and replies sarcastically)...You know, I always forget that one.

Kayley: Are you sure this is dragon country? I mean, shouldn't there be a sign or something? It could say, 'Welcome to Dragon Country.'... You don't think we'll 'see' any... do you?... Is a group of dragons a pack or a flock? Is it a gaggle or a pride? Is it a herd?
Garrett: Quiet.
Kayley: Do you hear something?
Garrett: No, I just want you to be quiet for a while.

Bladebeak: You've got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel - clucky? Well, do ya... punk? (Reference to Dirty Harry)

Devon and Cornwall: Frankly, we're the reason cousins shouldn't marry. (Explaining why they are 'conjoined dragons')

King Arthur: Liberty and justice for all...
Knights of the Round Table: United we stand, now and forever, in truth, divided we fall. Hand upon hand, brother to brother, no one shall be greater than all.

Liberty – Justice – Trust
Freedom – Peace – Honor
Goodness – Strength – Valor

Garrett: Well, the good news is, we're out of dragon country. The better news is, this is where we say goodbye.
Devon: You can't leave us here! If we try to go back, we'll be banished! Ostercized. Exiled...
Cornwall: Not to mention kicked out.
Kayley: Why?
Cornwall: We just broke the dragon's cardinal rule!
Devon: What, never wear brown shoes with the blue suit?
Cornwall: No, you moron. Never help a human.
Garrett: Come on, Kayley. We must make camp before dark.
Devon: Camp?
Kayley: Garrett, let's take them with us. Please.
Garrett: Oh, I suppose so. But no more singing!
Devon: How about interpretive dance?

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Quest for Camelot
Box artwork for Quest for Camelot.
Developer(s) Titus
Release date(s)
Genre(s) Action-adventure
System(s) Game Boy Color
ESRB: Everyone

Quest for Camelot is an action-adventure based on the film of the same name. The game is heavily derived from the Legend of Zelda series.

The plot follows the film: you play as Kayley, the daughter of the valiant Sir Lionel who fell defending King Arthur. Kayley wishes to become a knight like her father. When the evil Sir Ruber threatens Camelot it is up to Kayley to set things right.

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