This is the film that nearly wrecked the Disney studio back in the 80s for being too dark for chiidren but too boring for adults. So is this film as bad as people make it out to be? Well... let's get into the story.
Based off the second volume of Llyod Alexander's hit children's novels, The Chronicles of Prydain, the Black Cauldron follows the exploits of Taran, a pigkeeper charged with a task of phenomenal porpotions: to find one of the greatest weapons known to man, the Black Cauldron. Inside the cauldron is an evil so great, that whomever possesses it could rule the world, or destroy it.
Together with his friends, a washed up bard named Fflewddur Fflam, a princess without a throne, Eilonwy, and meddling pest, Gurgi, Taran must find the Black Cauldron before the evil Horned King.
So, already you notice a problem with this film. It's based off the second novel of a series. Yes, that sounds like a perfect place to start a blockbuster hit. The film was made to combat the likes of Ralph Bakshi and Heavy Metal during the 70s and 80s, beginning production just before the Rescuers came out. So thats... 9 or 8 years of production. That's an utter mess.
Ok, so I don't have anything I find especially bad about this film. I just think it's pretty dull. Taran doesn't go through enough strife to make his development in my opinion. Eilonwy and Fflewddur add little to the picture. Ok, so Eilonwy did have potential. If she was given a few more scenes to herself being competant, I'd have liked her better. Gurgi is adorable to me, and I don't know why people find him so annoying. His voice really doesn't grate on me, so I don't know what else about him bothers. The Horned King is a disappointing villain. He looks so badass, and he has a crap load of build up, but he doesn't do anything! It is not fair I say; a badass like that should not be so sidestepped like that.
Being an adventure film like this, I feel that the scenes are not long enough for character development. It's like a road trip movie, just one oddity after the next with no time to stop and breath. The Dark Crystal had good development, and that film was only 93 minutes (granted, this film was only 80, but still.)
The animation rarerly ever has time to pop out and impress. The times that it does though, it's impressive. The dragon scene was some of the best animation out of anything Disney made during the 80s (before TLM). The Cauldron Born scene was great too, being the first usage of computers in any Disney film. Plus, I think this film was the last Disney film to use 70 mm film. Not too sure on that.
Overall, the film just screams potential, but just falls to be bland. It's a bigger crime to make an ok movie than a bad one. People remember bad movies.
Edited by VisionaryBlur, 21 April 2012 - 10:07 PM.