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Quest is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated fantasy 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 and Karey Kirkpatrick with co-direction by John France from a screenplay by Kirkpatrick, Thomas Lennon, Len Blum, Joe Stillman, and Ben Queen, and a story by LaRoque, Lennon, and Kirkpatrick, and stars the voices of Justin Long, Simon Pegg, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michael Clarke Duncan (in his final animated role), Danny McBride, Jennifer Tilly, and Alan Tudyk. The film is set in ancient medieval times, where the evil lord Glomos (Duncan) captures Princess Pela (Gellar)'s soul using a spellbinding crystal ball; a young prince and wannabe swordsman named Ridder (Long) sets out to rescue Pela and save the kingdom from Glomos' psychic control.
Quest premiered on February 19, 2013 in South Korea, and was released in the United States on March 1, 2013. It was met with positive reviews, with critics praising its animation and voice acting, and was also a box office success, grossing over $524 million worldwide. A television series titled Quest: Adventures of Ridder debuted on the Gingo network on October 8, 2016.
- Justin Long as Ridder, a sixteen-year-old adventurous teenage prince who attempts to save the kingdom
- Brett LaRoque as Young Ridder
- Simon Pegg as Deun, a wise-cracking frog-like creature who follows Ridder around on his quest
- Sarah Michelle Gellar as Princess Pela, Ridder's love interest
- Michael Clarke Duncan as Glomos, a dark lord who plans to overtake the kingdom at large
- Danny McBride as King Valor, Ridder's boisterous father
- Jennifer Tilly 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 Ridder for his bravery
- Audel LaRoque as a guard
- Amy McNeill as the Fairy
- 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
- Jonathan Nichols
- Paul Pape
- Lynwood Robinson
- Daniel Ross
- Carter Sand
- Fred Tatasciore
The idea for the film was conceived by Audel LaRoque in 2006, while still working on Computeropolis 2. At that time, LaRoque wanted to make a fantasy film set in ancient medieval times similar to The Lord of the Rings, while taking some inspirations from video games such as The Legend of Zelda and Team Ico's Ico and Shadow of the Colossus. Actor and writer Thomas Lennon, a frequent collaborator with LaRoque, aided LaRoque and Karey Kirkpatrick in shaping the story for about three months. In early 2007, LaRoque and a few others created a story reel of the first twenty minutes of the film and Michael Wildshill was impressed.
LaRoque then started working on Quest after the finished production of Computeropolis 2 as well as the cancellation of LaRoque's own version of Big Hero 6. In November 2008, a month before the release of Universal's similar animated film The Tale of Despereaux, Universal Animation Studios announced the film to the public, where it was humorously titled as the Untitled Fairy Tale. LaRoque and Kirkpatrick were on board to direct the film, with Lennon, Len Blum, Joe Stillman and Ben Queen writing the script.
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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. The film 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, Villains, 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".
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- Main article: Quest: Adventures of Ridder
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