Chosen One of the Day: Bladebeak from Quest for Camelot

Contributed by
Sep 29, 2017

What's better than a regular, run of the mill chicken? How about an animated chicken voiced by Steve Urkel (Jaleel White)?

Even better? How about an animated chicken, voiced by Steve Urkel, who has an ax grafted to his face?

You don't have to imagine it. It's real. Or, it's as real as an animated character can be.

I'm talking about Bladebeak. His name is very ... on the nose (there is a very real chance that joke gets me fired for lameness) and he is created (and named) during a ritual that involves a bright green potion, a pit in the ground, and Gary Oldman speak-singing him and other organic/mechanical monsters into existence.

He is, believe it or not, a featured supporting character in the 1998 Warner Brothers animated film Quest for Camelot. In a film full of bizarre characters, including a two-headed dragon voiced by Don Rickles and John Cleese, or a blind hermit martial artist voiced by Cary Elwes, Bladebeak may not be the strangest, but he is certainly the most memorable. He has an entire backstory that involves a nagging wife chicken and several egg children. His arc as a character sees him going from timid and skittish to confident and strong-willed. 

In a film full of underdogs realizing their true potential and becoming heroes, Bladebeak might be the greatest hero of them all. 

We never do learn what his name was before the ax got stuck to his face, though.

Top stories
Top stories

Make Your Inbox Important

Like Comic-Con. Except every week in your inbox.

Sign-up breaker