Episode 52: The Black Cauldron (1985)

What ho, valiant varlets! We got us a brand new “I Keep Meaning to Watch That” entry.  This one is Mike’s choice and involves an obscure Disney animated film (which I know sounds like a contradiction in terms): 1985’s “The Black Cauldron.” Can’t understand why this wasn’t a bigger hit; who wouldn’t want to watch a whiny swineherd who thinks he’s a hero with his precognitive-for-some-reason pig do battle against one of the most one-dimensional Disney villains of all time? Plus, we’ve got one of the most annoying “comic relief” sidekicks in history: Gurgi, the Jar Jar Binks of old-school Disney.  Does the film have redeeming qualities? Why isn’t it better known? All will be revealed, as we consult our clairvoyant aardvark, Clarence.  Speak to us, Clarence! Speak! . . . Um . . . anybody out there speak aardvark?

3 thoughts on “Episode 52: The Black Cauldron (1985)”

  1. Congrats on a year of Max, of Mike, and of movies! I’m looking forward to the next, and so on and so forth! For the record, the books are actually quite charming, even if the movie stinks.

    1. Thank you very much! The year went quickly. As for the books, that’s what I’ve heard. Haven’t read them. Perhaps Max has. For us, it was a real miss for Disney. Thanks for listening, sir Cheese!

  2. I also read the books and really liked them, I was excited Disney was doing big budget animation and maybe a series, but we all know how that went. I was less upset by the more adult content than i was about how they crammed plots from a couple of the books together and ruined the characters. I guess they should get points for trying to make animation that appealed to more than kids.

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