The Black Cauldron (1985)

Directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich

This is a movie that in recent years sparked my curiosity. It is one of the lesser talked about animated Disney movies. I also saw stories about the movie on YouTube. Today a friend of mine posted about the movie on his Facebook page and I decided to finally see it.

The story focuses on Taran, a young boy who is an assistant pig-keeper along with Dallben. Suddenly the pig gets rattled and Taran discovers that the pig can see the future. Using the pig’s power Dallben discovers that the Horned King is looking for the pig so that he could use its power to find the Black Cauldron. The Cauldron has powers that the Horned Kings want to use in his quest to conquer the world.

So, what can I say about this movie? I remember the Disney + documentary “Waking Sleeping Beauty” one of the animators said that he could do no worse than the Black Cauldron. I wonder why they consider the film to such a low standard. I could say that maybe it’s because of the dark images and scary villain, although Disney has produced villain as equal or worse than the Horsed King or his army of the dead. Granted it is a film not aimed at kids and it was rated PG. But the film was not bad, I thought it was a bomb of a movie. I enjoyed it. I did find some scenes to be scary thinking if I was seeing it with my daughter, so if because the film was could not be promoted for kids and that is considered a failure to them, then yes, it was bad. But the movie itself is not bad, not a masterpiece either, but not a bad film.

I liked the animation and the story, I only wished the Horned King had more scenes, he looked great. The characters were underwhelmed a bit but it did not affect me in terms of liking the movie. I understand why it is not mentioned much but it should not be a shameful part of the history of Disney movies.

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