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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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is it just me or is this not good
The Black Cauldron is kind of a hot mess. The producers clearly didn't know how to write a darker story that would make coherent sense. I don't care much for any of the protagonists as they weren't deep in the slightest and at times, the movie is just too disturbing to comprehend - it is after all the first movie in the canon to be rated PG. I do admire them for trying something different but it fails badly.
What does it have going for it? A very haunting villain voiced brilliantly by John Hurt as well as some of the best looking animation Disney has ever produced in a long time.
Adapted from the 1st book in Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" series, this Disney fantasy epic is the Mouse House's 25th animated feature and the first to receive a PG rating. It does delve into some dark territories and it can get a little bit violent at times but it stays in the Disney safe place for a majority of the 80-minute runtime. The protagonist characters are not that interesting to keep paying attention to and they're supposed to be the good guys of the film, not to mention that the film's final act seems rushed. However, the good outweighs the bad. The animation is sharp, the fantasy elements are simply dazzling, The Horned King (voiced by John Hurt) is a cool, underrated Disney villain and the score by the one and only Elmer Bernstein is absolutely epic. "The Black Cauldron" is a very watchable chapter in the "Dark Disney" history.
The Lord of the Rings for kids. With extra munchins and crunchins.
Solid flick, really great animation and kinda bland story. I enjoyed it overall. I like how the doggie man was like golem in lotr.
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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…
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