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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…
some movies are so perfectly in line with your preferred aesthetic pleasures that you just want to, like, bite them
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,…
“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…
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.
This is an ambitious but disappointing animated feature from Disney's down period in the 80's.
A box office failure on its initial release, over the years it's acquired a reputation as a cult favorite.
It has a lot going for it- mainly great looking animation and a dark Tolkien vibe.
But the characters particularly the lead are one dimensional and uninteresting. The villain is evil looking and menacing but doesn't do much. The love story is flat and boring.
The overall tone is uneven with way too much comic relief from the furry little animal characters- mainly the annoying Gurgi and Creeper.
Definitely was hoping for something more here, as I think this might be a first time watch. I don't recall seeing this when it first came out even though I had some of the merchandising.
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Out of all the Disney movies I planned to watch this year, The Black Cauldron is definitely one of the ones I’ve been most curious to see. This is in partly because it was an attempt to make a darker Disney movie that skewed older but also because, more than most of these movies, it is a total unknown quantity. The movie had very little impact on pop culture and I’d hardly even seen a clip of it much less the whole movie. If the movie is remembered for anything it’s for its incredible critical and commercial failure and, rightly or wrongly, is seen as the moment where the studio hit rock bottom. It’s a shame because the people behind…
so I realized a few days ago I had never seen this movie?? being a pretty big Disney fan, I figured I should probably watch it! It seems to be overlooked pretty often but I really liked it.
I think its main flaw is that we don't really have much context, which can make especially the main character a bit annoying at the beginning. And while the Horned King's origins are explained briefly it's still not totally clear what he's doing there save for trying to create an unstoppable army. With other older Disney villains, we might not have a full blown origin story but we either a.) know the fairy tale they're from or b.) can gather their motivation…
not gonna lie the horned king is hot
Che il cartoon maledetto della Disney venga trasmesso in prima serata su Disney Channel, vero e proprio avamposto del male ed esemplificazione della deriva qualitativa della Disney manifestata in una programmazione da azzeramento neurale delle gioventù odierne, è una conquista, un piccolo punticino segnato nella lotta contro il male assoluto dell'intrattenimento. Il film negli anni recenti ha finito per essere un tantino sopravvalutato, pur rappresentando un fantasy solidissimo quanto canonico ma efficace. Conserva da par suo dei meriti indubbi e rientra a pieno diritto nell'affascinante lato oscuro della Disney degli anni 80, grazie ad un design degli ambienti molto ispirato e soprattutto un'attitudine orrorifica strabiliante e sorprendente data la natura del prodotto, attitudine che ne decretò fatalmente il tracollo al…
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The Black Cauldron is one of the most infamous of all the Disney movies. And considering the shaky outcome of the Disney flicks in the 60's and 70's, it couldn't have come at a worse time either. It failed to make it's money back and is still only remembered as one of Disney's worst misfires.
In other words, it's the Waterworld of Disney movies. And like Waterworld, I don't think it deserves some of the hate it still gets. The film isn't great by any means but it was an interesting piece of Disney history for being one of their more ambitious projects. The movie continued the fairy tale aspect of Disney with castles and princesses again, which hasn't been…
I remember enjoying The Black Cauldron at the cinema on its release and I was so entranced I even remember cryng a bit during one sad bit. Some time after I discovered that it was based on the second book in The Chronicles of Prydain, Lloyd Alexander's excellent fantasy series for younger readers, based on old Welsh mythology. So I read these, only to find that the film had done little justice to the story of Taran the lowly pig-herder and his quest to save his land from the forces of evil. So I started to doubt the quality of the film. All these years later, was I right to question its quality?
Well, yes. It's not that it's terrible,…
my memory of this movie was super vague, but i remember being fascinated with it as a kid. watching it now, i can see why! the animation/art style is like, my ideal. i love it. also i would die for that pig
Keep the scary *cough* I mean.. 'thrilling' child movies coming!
Complete list. :-(