The Black Cauldron (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
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Disney's 25th full-length animated classic, The Black Cauldron, fills the screen with magic and wonder. This fun-filled tale of heroism overflows with colorful characters, trailblazing animation, and nonstop action. In the mystical land of Pryd
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Disney's 25th full-length animated classic, The Black Cauldron, fills the screen with magic and wonder. This fun-filled tale of heroism overflows with colorful characters, trailblazing animation, and nonstop action.
In the mystical land of Prydain, Taran, a young boy who dreams of a future as an invincible warrior, finds himself leading a real-life quest. In a race against the evil Horned King, Taran must be the first to find the mysterious Black Cauldron, or the Horned King wil unleash its power and take over the world. With the help of a magic sword, an enchanting princess, an adorable clairvoyant pig, and a furry little creature named Gurgi, Taran overcomes winged dragons, the King's monstrous henchmen, three batty witches, and more--and learns nothing is as powerful as courage and friendship.
- "Quest for the Black Cauldron" destination game
- "Trick or Treat" cartoon starring Donald Duck
- Still frame gallery
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While this isn't Disney's best, it is an enjoyable and pretty solid film. The animation process has been fleshed out more and the new animation process isn't as jarring as it seemed in Sword and the Stone. The artwork is beautiful in the film, but it is a totally different style.
OK, now about the film and video releases. I have owned both DVD releases and the 25th anniversary DVD is far and away the best choice. The first release was released in full screen and fortunately the 25th anniversary edition is presented in 2:35:1 the correct aspect ratio. It would be nice to see this film on Blu Ray as the 25th DVD looks and sounds great. The extras are very thin with a stills gallery, lost scene and nothing more really worth mentioning. Why can't we get a making of for each of these films? Is it too much to ask to have some insight on these "animated classic" even if only 15-20 minutes long?
If you must own Disney's The Black Caldron then the 25th anniversary edition is a no brainer, but that is until Disney decides it's time to release it on Blu Ray?.....let's hope they don't mess it up!
Both of us have read the Prydain series of books by Lloyd Alexander, multiple times although it's been at least a decade for both of us, so he knew going in that it was based on those, but people should be mindful that this is Disney - there are lots of liberties taken with the story. I saw this movie, I believe, in the theater, when I was pretty young. I may also have had a copy recorded off the Disney channel back in the day, although I honestly can't remember. Regardless, I knew what I was getting into, but my husband didn't beyond what the cover shows. He didn't hate the movie by any means, but it's quite different from the books, so that's something new viewers should keep in mind.
For all that, I think it's a pretty fun tale if you can ignore the differences. It's fairly typical Disney, although the princess at least rescues the 'hero' this time around. One major thing to keep in mind though is that this movie has SKELETONS in it. Lots of them, and they are reanimated by a necromancer. If you have young children who get scared by movies, DO NOT show this to them. I can imagine a lot of nightmares coming from the experience. I'd think maybe kids over eight or nine would be fine, depending on their usual viewing fare, but use your own judgement.
Again this is based on the books, so the skeletons are not really something Disney could ignore. I also noticed something during a scene with a 'gypsy' type lady dancing on a table, in the midst of a bunch of barbarians. While it's only a split second, she flashes her panties when her skirt flies up. There's also a fair amount of sword/axe fighting and physical action.
I read online that this was actually the first movie Disney put CGI effects into, which are interesting since they're mostly 'vapor', but they are green and glowing which is kind of cool. Nothing special by modern standards, but pretty neat when you think about the older movies appearance. I also read that it was basically a box office flop, which I think is kind of a shame. I remember loving this movie as a kid. As an adult I am more critical of it, but I still enjoyed watching it again. It's kind of an oddball amongst the Disney library, but worth a look in my opinion.
The DVD version, by the way, is a pretty good transfer in my opinion. I'm not a technophile, but we do have a 55" LED/LCD Samsung television with a bluray player, so bad transfers are pretty obvious. I thought this one was decent. The only thing I noticed was the bard's voice (I can't spell his name off the top of my head) - anyway his voice sounded a bit distant from the microphone. However, this may in fact be our television as it has occasionally glitched on audio channels until we've turned it off and back on again, which we didn't do. So don't let that dissuade you from checking this out if you can get a good deal.
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