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Quest is a 2012 American 3D computer-animated fantasy action-adventure film produced by Universal Animation Studios for Universal Pictures. The sixteenth animated feature in the Universal Animated Features canon, it was directed by Audel LaRoque, Karey Kirkpatrick, and John France from a screenplay by Kirkpatrick, Thomas Lennon, Len Blum, Joe Stillman, and Ben Queen, and a story by LaRoque, and stars the voices of Bill Hader, Simon Pegg, Mandy Moore, Michael Clarke Duncan (in his final animated role), Danny McBride, Ming-Na Wen, and Alan Tudyk. The film is set in ancient medieval times, where the evil lord Glomos (Duncan) captures Princess Pela (Moore)'s soul using a spellbinding crystal ball; a young prince and wannabe swordsman named Ri (Hader) sets out to rescue Pela and save the kingdom from Glomos' psychic control.
Quest premiered on November 19, 2012 in Westwood, and was released in the United States on December 7, 2012. It was met with positive reviews, with critics praising its animation, story, direction, and voice acting, and was also a box office success, grossing over $524 million worldwide. A television series titled Quest: Adventures of Ri debuted on Netflix on October 7, 2016.
- Bill Hader as Ri, a sixteen-year-old adventurous teenage prince who attempts to save the kingdom
- Brett LaRoque as Young Ri
- Simon Pegg as Deun, a wise-cracking frog-like creature who follows Ri around on his quest.
- Mandy Moore as Princess Pela, Ri's love interest, with a passion for singing.
- Michael Clarke Duncan as Glomos, a dark lord who plans to overtake the kingdom at large.
- Danny McBride as King Valor, Ri's boisterous father.
- Ming-Na Wen as Queen Amable, the governor of the kingdom and Ridder's mother who always berates her son.
- Alan Tudyk as Bob
- Thomas Lennon as the Wizard
- Minnie Driver as Queen Mola, Pela's mother who praises Ri for his bravery.
- Audel LaRoque as a guard
- Amy McNeill as the Fairy
Additional voices Edit
- Ava Acres
- Stephen Apostolina
- Bob Bergen
- Len Blum
- Clancy Brown
- June Christopher
- David Cowgill
- Wendy Cutler
- Terri Douglas
- John France
- Eddie Frierson
- Jackie Gonneau
- Nicholas Guest
- Bridget Hoffman
- Daniel Kaz
- Karey Kirkpatrick
- Peter Lonsdale
- Mona Marshall
- Scott Menville
- Laraine Newman
- Paul Pape
- Lynwood Robinson
- Daniel Ross
- Carter Sand
- Fred Tatasciore
The idea for the film was conceived by Audel LaRoque in 2006, while working on Computeropolis 2. He and the rest of the people at Universal Animation Studios then started working on Quest after the finished production of Computeropolis 2.
Universal announced the film to the public in November 2008, where it was humorously titled as the Untitled Fairy Tale. LaRoque and Karey Kirkpatrick were on board to direct the film, with Thomas Lennon, Len Blum, Joe Stillman and Ben Queen writing the script. In March 2011, Universal announced that the film would be titled Quest. On August 2, 2011, Universal announced that Ryan Reynolds, Simon Pegg, Constance Wu, Michael Clarke Duncan, Danny McBride, Ming-Na Wen, and Alan Tudyk had joined the cast of the film.
Quest was initially set for release on February 22, 2013, but Universal pushed the film two weeks later to March 1, 2013, taking over the original release slot held by DreamWorks Animation's upcoming film The Croods, which in turn had been pushed from March 1 to March 22, 2013.
- Main article: Quest/Soundtrack
Quest had its premiere on February 19, 2013 in South Korea, before being released into American theaters on March 1. It was supposed to be released in Pakistan on June 16, 2013, but because of the Quetta attacks a day before, the Pakistan release was cancelled.
- The official teaser was released on July 27, 2012, and was shown before Plucky Chicken, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days, ParaNorman, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Hotel Transylvania, Frankenweenie, and Riches and Regards.
- The official theatrical trailer was released on November 2, 2012, and was shown before Wreck-It Ralph, Rise of the Guardians, Parental Guidance, and Escape from Planet Earth.
- TV spots began to air between February and March of 2013.
Quest was released on Digital HD on July 23, 2013, and on DVD and Blu-ray on August 6, 2013. A Walmart exclusive Blu-ray/DVD combo pack included a limited edition Ridder action figure.
Quest received critical acclaim upon its release. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports an approval rating of 97% based on 287 reviews, with an average rating of 8.3/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Quest glows with strategy, drama, and energy, thus turning a simple story into one of Computeropolis director Audel LaRoque's – if not his – finest." On Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, the film has a rating score of 89 out of 100, based on 56 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".
- Main article: Quest: Adventures of Ridder
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