After a strong festival run culminating in a Spanish Academy Goya Award last month, Alberto Vazquez’s Unicorn Wars is finally out in U.S. theaters and video on demand.
Unicorn Wars is a psychedelic anti-war allegory that unspools in the middle of a religiously fueled battle between cuddly colorful bears and shadowy unicorns. It’s as funny as it is morbid and a visual feast of color and movement. Over the past year, it made stops at prestigious global events around the world including Annecy, Ottawa, BFI London Film Festival, and made its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest.
Vázquez is one of Spain’s leading animation filmmakers and his films have won awards at many of the world’s most prestigious festivals. In 2021, his short Homeless Home won the jury award at Annecy and screened at Clermont-Ferrand, Fantoche, Ottawa, and was nominated for a Spanish Academy Goya Award. His breakout feature Birdboy: The Forgotten Children enjoyed a tremendous festival run and won prizes at the Platino Awards, the Goyas, and Fantasia Film Festival.
To celebrate the film’s availability in the U.S., its Basque producers at Uniko have given us access to some incredible behind-the-scenes concept, layout, character, and storyboard art to share with our readers.