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Exclusive: Interview with THE LAST UNICORN Author Peter S. Beagle

True geniuses exist in a mental state that most of us can’t even come close to understanding. Remember A Beautiful Mind ? Or, like, half the police procedurals on TV about crime solvers with very low-grade super powers? We’ll just never fully be able to understand them. Many writers whose work stand the test of time fall into this category; really, how can someone in full control of their brain come up with such fantastical worlds? One of these great thinkers is Peter S. Beagle, the author behind a number of works but who will always be remembered, perhaps for all time, for the 1968 fantasy epic The Last Unicorn, which later was made into an animated film by Rankin & Bass in 1982.

The Blu-ray of this landmark in animation is being released Tuesday, June 9, 2015, in a nifty special edition set by Shout Factory. It includes a 45-minute making-of that sheds a lot of light on why the film wasn’t the giant smash hit it deserved to be but WAS a massive cultural touchstone for people of a certain age. Among many people, this making-of features interview footage with Beagle, who is, as you might guess, fascinating.

The above video represents interview footage featuring Beagle and his business manager Connor Cochran that didn’t make it onto the Blu-ray and only exists in this exclusive. It’s pretty clear from this that he exists in his own creative state, so watch the video and let it lull you into a magical world.

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