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.
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…
A Disney classic I'd somehow missed but was thankfully very surprised by. Its nothing special but its very dark tone makes for a very watchable adventure with typical at the time fine animation making it as good to look at as any other Disney film from the era. John hurts horned king is a fantastically frightening villain and gurgy is a truly loveable sidekick
I hadn't watched this since I was very young, and my memories of it were vague. Even after watching it again, I can't really make heads or tails of the plot, beyond a psychic pig and the titular cauldron that everyone is after (maybe that's all there is to it?). However, The Black Cauldron is wonderful to look at, particularly for the sense of depth and detail in the background animation. There are moments of surprising darkness here, too; this was one of Disney's '80s attempts at attracting older audiences, and there are moments here, particularly involving the villainous Horned King, that look like a Disney version of a metal album cover. The movie's dark streak was likely a factor…
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Well this was a monumental disappointment.
I've re-watched films I loved as a kid and questioned what I enjoyed so much before. But I've never been so surprised by just how bad a film is before.
The script is terrible, the dialogue bad even by Disney standards.
The introduction of the castles inhabitants sounds like all characters are being voiced by 1 actor!
The horned King is well voiced, but lazily designed.
The score is uninspired and repetitive.
The animation is uneven and seems almost lazy.
The characters are all unlikable and mostly annoying.
On one hand I regret watching this because my vague memory of it was of a dark, engaging film and this is so far from that.
But on the other hand, now I'll know better than to subject anyone else to it in the future!
Nothing about this is familiar, it is missing everything that would make it recognisable as a Disney film. The animation is still pretty good in places but the whole thing screams 'immature' to me, which when you know what was going on in the studio at the time makes it an interesting watch.
Was there even an antagonist?
Zamislite BESRAMNO RETARDIRANU kopiju GOSPODARA PRSTENOVA i dobiti će te ovo sranje. FRODOTA zamijenite sa nekim klincem, GOLLUMA sa malim čupavim govnom i PRSTEN sa malim vidovitim prasetom (ne zajebavam se, majke mi) i to je više manje to. Ima još pokranih elemenata, ali ne da mi se dalje nabrajati.
Ocjena poklonjena zbog, unatoč ponekad glupim proporcijama likova, dosta lijepe i fluidne animacije. I POJAVE ROGATOG KRALJA, stvarno opako izgleda frajer, mislim da bih se usrao da sam ovo gledao kao klinac.
Dark Disney......Very Dark
Huh. Finally seeing this dark sheep of the Disney canon puts a lot of their mid-eighties crisis into context. This is such a weird movie, considering the source. Conflictingly dark and simple-minded. Reminded me a little of the demented Ralph Bakshi version of The Lord of the Rings. Not exactly enjoyable, but an interesting curiosity.
I would love to like The Black Cauldron but it is one of the least interesting films in the Disney canon.
Underdeveloped characters, uneven animation, and the removal of 12 minutes of footage which the studio thought would alienate children, all support why this is Disney's most forgotten film.
To its credit, it tried. It tried to be something different and it was. The fantastical scenery, the tale of a would-be hero, foul creatures, magic, and a princess are all there. It's even perilous at some points.
It's just the vision was obviously grander and more adventurous, with the deleted material featuring scenes like a skeleton warrior chopping a man's head off, and Taran killing his enemies, it proved that this could have been the perilous fantasy adventure Disney needed to shake things up. Instead it's more a string of overly…
It's easy to see why this Disney animated film has faded into obscurity over the years. Darker in tone than most, with lackluster animation that lacks the Disney magic, with a not a great voice cast, this is best left in the Disney vaults.
I may have enjoyed had I watched it when it was released, but either as a film in 2014 or watched by a 37-year old man, it's simply not a film with any substance, style or flair.
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(Last Updated: 4 March 2014)
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