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Subj: Re: sword and sorcery review #26 "The Black Cauldron" (1985)
Posted: Wed Aug 10, 2022 at 08:20:18 pm EDT (Viewed 103 times)
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I know this is one of the first Disney movies I saw in the theater as a kid. I also think I had some school picture-book version of it. Having said that I can't remember a thing about it.

Maybe 10 years ago the wife and I were trying to go through and watch the entire catalogue of Disney feature animation and I know we saw this again and it didn't leave much impression. I still don't remember much of anything about it. I'm not sure why that is.

Like not too long ago I rewatched another childhood favorite, The Last Unicorn from Rankin/Bass. Not a great movie but not bad, but at least I can remember the more memorable bits. I can't recall anything from Black Cauldron. It probably helps for you to have a working knowledge of the book series.

All I remember is people saying it was too dark for Disney. It also wasn't a musical. Even the Rescuers and Aristocats had a few numbers in them, didn't they?

That is a really dumb complaint from Siskel.

I saw it at the drive in, and I remember a torrential rainstorm interrupting the middle of the film.
It was probably my first disappointment of "the book is better than the film" as a kid, as Id read the books beforehand.

I decided to re=read the series and man, its one of my favourite bits of juvenile fiction.

Like any young boy, I identified with Taran more than any other young hero. And the red-headed princess Elionwy from the books was probably my first fictional crush, as Im sure she was for any other pre-teen boys who read the books.

One thing the film gets right is the dark nature of the series. This is not the bright, happy version of middle earth. It is a dark, celtic mythology where evil lurks just beyond the fringes.

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