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…
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I feel like I need to explain myself because I feel weird giving this such a rating - it deserves maybe a slighter lower one.
The film is radically different from anything else in the Disney canon so far. It's dark and scary, which was probably a huge risk that didn't really pay off. However, that's why I gave this film more credit than it deserves. It tried something different and I commend it for that. Even if the movie itself was a little flat and predictable.
It's really just a typical 80s adventure movie but animated by Disney. In fact, it doesn't really feel like Disney. It feels like one of those smaller…
Probably the most bored I've been watching a Disney animated movie ever, The Black Cauldron has a wrongly-gained reputation as a misjudged, mishandled and mistreated masterpiece. For me, it was incredibly dull. Sure, some of the imagery was deliciously dark (a young Tim Burton was one of the animators), but the characters were poor. The main hero was dreary and his dog sidekick thing sounded like the retarded offspring of Gollum and Donald Duck. Except for the flashes of darkness and macabre, I didn't enjoy this.
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…
With the bad voice acting, out of sync animation and oddly paced plot, The Black Cauldron is a perfect example that films don't have to be anywhere near perfect to be enjoyable and fun.
Of course, this is a movie from my childhood so that probably clouds my judgement, however I honestly think this film holds up after all these years. I even put the film to the test by showing it to my five year old sister, and she loved it.
The film is defiantly unique and creative in it's own way, and that should earn it some points, even if Disney completely dismisses it's presence.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I have been dying to see this movie since I was a very little girl. Of course now after having finally seen it, I completely understand why my parents would not allow me to watch it as a child. I love that it is not the stereotypical fantasy where the hero becomes everything he needs to be to conquer evil, but is rather a story of loyalty and sacrifice. The characters are all lovable, yes even the pig and especially Gurgi. Altogether very glad to have watched it.
Wow. This was a dark time in the history of the Disney company's animation division, and I think I see what they were trying to do here. I think they were trying to make a darker, more serious animated film. Unfortunately, it simply doesn't work. Almost all of the characters are annoying, the plot is extremely disjointed, and the Horned King (who has a great visual identity), has no personality. It fails on every item that makes a great Disney animated film: it has no songs, it has no enjoyable characters and it has an uninteresting villain. Bah.
NO songs in this Disney animation, boy fights evil with the help of a pig!
"Black Cauldron" is, as everyone knows, the darkest and unkiddie like Disney animated film ever. It has a lot of sentimental value to me because I spent hours at the mercy of the video game version of it, and I think that's why the movie appeals to me more than most people.
I'm the first to admit that it has a ridiculous plot, with a villain that is totally undeveloped, and characters that are either archetypes of previous Disney folk or just plain confusing. But after all that, I just think the movie is so fascinating because it gives me the willikers to see how dark Disney got.
And to think, this was their rebound movie. They hadn't made a…
The first in my Disney re-watch that I never watched in my childhood. I appreciate the darker tone and visual style unlike previous entries into the Disney animated world. I just don't think there are any compelling characters to follow. The story never goes past standard fairy tale, and the voice acting was impressively bad.
This is a tough one to rate. It is, in many ways, a mess of a film; a bizarre mixture of Don Bluth, Ralph Bakshi, and those godawful Legend of Zelda cartoons. It is clear in many of the scenes that this was Disney's attempt to follow Bluth's darker fantasies, such as The Secret of Nimh, and (at least in parts) a more mature, even ribald sense of humor a la Bakshi, and it is in these moments that the film works best. The early scenes in the Horned King's castle are dark and foreboding, his men are frightening and the King himself is terrifying. Likewise, the concluding segment involving the rising of the "Cauldron Born" is right up there…
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(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
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