Week three of the Underrated Series and we get to the animation category. At least there shouldn't be any debate…
The Black Cauldron
Hidden by darkness. Guarded by witches. Discovered by a boy. Stolen by a king. Whoever owns it will rule the world. Or destroy it.
Taran is an assistant pigkeeper with boyish dreams of becoming a great warrior. However, he has to put the daydreaming aside when his charge, an oracular pig named Hen Wen, is kidnapped by an evil lord known as the Horned King. The villain hopes Hen will show him the way to The Black Cauldron, which has the power to create a giant army of unstoppable soldiers.
Decades Project: 7/8 of the 80's
"Oh, I'm sorry. I've ignored you. You did come for the Black Cauldron, didn't you? Good. Then climb in! It will only cost you your life."
The Black Cauldron is one of the great curiosities of Disney's animated output. In many ways it's not terribly different from The Sword in the Stone, but the small differences make a huge impact. It's easily the darkest Disney animated feature: there are long scenes in dark dungeons filled with skeletons and goblins and evil kings who want to cut your cute little piggy's head off with a giant axe. It's Lord-of-the-Rings, carrying-the-burden-of-The-One-Ring dark—which is great if you're into that type of fantasy, and the film has developed…
Animation Sunday 2015 #37- The Black Cauldron
Ah yes. The Black Cauldron. Disney's first animated release to earn a PG rating, an ambitious project indeed but somehow managed to end up being one of the biggest flops in the company's history and was ousted by the Care Bears movie in that same year (harsh). But, come on guys, is the film really that bad?
Sure the film's PG, and deservedly so, but still, many of today's animated releases, many of which are Disney, earn a PG rating and are highly accepted. Just because a bold fantasy flick is hated for scarring some children doesn't mean it should be crapped on. On the flipside, like with The Secret of NIMH and,…
Disney Animated Canon Entry #25
“The Black Cauldron” is the 25th film in the Disney Animated Canon and loosely based on “The Chronicles of Prydain” by Lloyd Alexander, a series of books inspired by Welsh mythology. This film was also a box office bomb that nearly destroyed the Disney animation department. It was also out grossed by The Care Bears Movie that was released the same year, which was the first time EVER that a Disney film had lost to a non-Disney animated film. This served as a huge wakeup call for Disney who from then on made their films on stricter deadlines and with more executive input which was a huge factor in the creation of the Disney Renaissance.…
I saw this in the cinema when I was young and had the Panini sticker album but there doesn't seem to be much nostalgia in my mind for it after seeing it again.
There's not a lot of Disney magic here and it seems to borrow characters from other stuff. A minstrel who if you close your eyes could be C3PO and a strange furry creature who reminds me of Gollum from the animated Lord of the Rings.
Of the many obscure Disney films, "The Black Cauldron" is the leader of obscurity. Whereas most of the other obscure films get some minor attention every so often, this film is nearly fully swept under the rug.
The main reason for this is how dark the film is. It does not fit in with the bright, cheery image Disney tries to uphold. A film with skeleton armies, death, and a terrifying villain certainly doesn't say "The Happiest Place on Earth".
Another reason for how it is ignored is how unpopular it is. The film tanked at the box office when it was released. The images in the film are too frightening for younger viewers who would much rather watch Cinderella.…
Well, that was The Black Cauldron, certainly one of the least Disney-esque Disney films ever made. It's an incredibly stylish movie, sure to give fantasy fans lucid wet dreams, but underneath the stylish exterior it rings quite hollow.
Young Taran is a assistant pig's keeper in the good old land of..Wales? (My sister is a huge nut on all things Welsh and Celtic, and pointed out that this was originally a Celtic myth). One day he ventures out to find the One Ri..the Black Cauldron, which can raise the evil armies of The Horned King if they don't get to it first.
From the very opening, a beautiful, dark, aesthetically rich fantasy film. It has bold colors, evil rulers, dragons…
En los 80s estaba muy de moda la fantasía épica por lo que Disney compró los derechos de una saga de esta temática (Las Crónicas de Prydain) y se marcó una peli oscura y sin números musicales pero si con dragones, castillos, duendes, hadas, brujas tetonas, muerte y destrucción. Obviamente fue un fracaso y Disney la ha mantenido desde entonces muy en segunda fila.
Sin embargo es una muy buena película, con una animación muy cuidada (Tim Burton fue uno de los animadores), una historia sencilla pero interesante y un humor muy curioso y disfrutable. De mis favoritas de Disney junto con Mulan, Aladdin y Dumbo.
Pd: cuenta la leyenda que el creador de los videojuegos de Zelda es muy fan de esta peli... y se nota
One of the few Disney movies I had never seen before.
From the looks of it, it seems to me that this must have been one of the last Disney movies to use classical/traditional animation techniques (you know, painted backgrounds and characters on cells), so the images are rather pretty.
But the story and characters... Oh dear...
Not too surprised that this movie almost caused the bankruptcy of the studio.
There's a pretty good reason why this is one of Disney's least talked about animated features - it's mostly terrible.
The list of things flat out wrong with this flick are numerous but among the biggest complaints I had were shoddy animation work, characters and plot lines that serve little purpose to the story, and an abundance of plot holes.
Two stars though for the scene in which the old man/frog gets lost in the witch's cleavage.
Weird and bizarre but seriously entertaining. Not sure if it should be classified as a kids movie. More of a film to entertain the inner child of every adult.
One of the characters is a dog type creature that is modeled after Tom Skerritt which is enough to get the movie to five stars, but then he opens his mouth and talks like Mr. Woodchuck from Full House which is an automatic negative four stars.
The animation sometimes looks really cool. And sometimes really terrible. I honestly can't remember the main character's name an hour after watching it though. I'm not even sure he had one which would be the most exciting thing about him.
need a rewatch. Sad the movie lost so much money, though maybe at some point the animators should've realized they couldn't go TOO dark under this studio. Who'd they think they were working for anyway, Don Bluth? But I give them points for ambition. Also, John Hurt as the Horn King is great
Plagued with a rather bad reputation, 'The Black Cauldron' is hardly the bad film it is sometimes made out to be. To understand what went wrong with Disney Feature Animation's mid-80s swords-and-sorcery adventure, one must look at the time period it was developed and produced in. After Walt Disney's death in 1966, the studio little by little was run by types who thought they knew what Walt wanted. They were also very conservative and were rather stuck in the past, and as a result we would get films from the once-roaring studio that didn't do much for animation, nor did they say much.
By the time 'The Black Cauldron' began to inch its way closer to production, there was a…
Of all the Disney movies I've watched to this point, I think this is the one that can be considered the lowest point. Not only was it a critical success, it didn't recoup even half its budget. After watching it, I think the reasons are apparent.
For one, it hardly looks like a Disney movie. The style is noticeably less developed than in films like Snow White or Sleeping Beauty. A lot of the backgrounds are dark and not terribly interesting. There are a handful of scenes with magic that look pretty decent but they're over pretty quickly. The character designs for our leads are pretty forgettable. The designs of the villain and his goons are pretty interesting, I will…
Princess League film #4;
Hmm, now I know what you're thinking, why is a dark Disney film like
"The Black Cauldron'' doing on Princess Leia's Princess League list?, well does the Princess in ''The Black Cauldron'' answer your question?, yes it does. Now I know a lot of films have that one character viewers and critics hate, for me, it was that Goblin, he was the big headache for me in this film, I mean he was annoying and unnecessary and I was just waiting for someone to straggle him. Ok now what was with that magic sword?, now I do admit that sword makes a light-saber look like a toy meant for five year olds.
I do admit, the…
(Last Updated: 28 July 2015)
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