THE BLACK CAULDRON

(1985)
Directed by Ted Berman, Richard Rich

With the voices of Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Freddie Jones, Nigel Hawthorne, Arthur Malet, John Byner, John Hurt
Style: Hand-drawn, Computer
Reviewed by JB

     Forgive me, fans of THE BLACK CAULDRON, but I am not a big fan of the sword and sorcery genre, and I had as much enthusiasm for this film as I would for a hot bowl of steaming cardboard.  I merely include this review in this section for the sake of completeness, but that's it.  The DVD came in to the office, I watched it, I admired some of the animation, but in the end, there was not one single character or moment that really grabbed my attention.  I have no feel for the genre.  I don't understand the appeal.  And I'm through apologizing.

     To flesh out where this film stands in Disney history: it took 12 years to make, cost 25 million dollars,and was ostensibly aimed at the teenage market.  It was the first Disney film to be rated PG, and the first since SLEEPING BEAUTY to be shot in Super Technirama widescreen.  It failed at the box office in the U.S.  It has a cult following, but I am not part of that cult.  2 - JB

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IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR GOOD MOVIE QUOTES

"You have interfered for the last time" and "Curse you!" - two lines actual spoken by the villain.