Thursday, June 09, 2011

Disn-A-Thon: The Black Cauldron (1985)

Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young man named, Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen, a magical oracular pig, who knows the location of the mystical black cauldron. This is not an easy task fot The Evil Horned King will stop at nothing to get the cauldron. [imdb]
Alright, so I haven't purchased the 25th Anniversary edition yet, so I am simply reviewing the old Gold Collection of The Black Cauldron. Apparently the only difference in the complete and utter lack of special features is a deleted scene... and from what I read online, a better framing for the picture.  This would be an improvement in itself because the first thing I noticed was the forced letterbox. (ie, a 4:3 image with black bars embedded top and bottom)

Okay so that was annoying but I can live with it.

The movie itself is actually kind of a let-down.  It was essentially Disney's first real attempt at diving into dark fantasy, and it shows.  Really kind of out of their element.  Many critics pointed out that this movie lacked any or all of the charm and wonder and... well... everything that makes a Disney movie a "Disney movie."

I don't think any of the characters were really all that great or exciting, the story was somewhat bland, and it really seemed like they had more to go with but cut it for some various reason.  I know some people who like this movie simply because it's "Disney's darkest animated film" but really Aladdin was darker than this.

Perhaps I'm just bitter cuz that damn dog muppet was so freaking irritating.