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"Amazing" may be a bit of a stretch, but I did see the film for the first time a couple of years ago and I found it to be quite good. What I find odd is that this is widely considered one of Disney's worst animated films (that's not true, in my opinion), and yet it has much of the same quality that make fanboys and most of the general public gush over the <i>Lord of the Rings</i> films and their fantastic worlds.

Sure, <i>Black Cauldron</i> may be a little too dark/intense for small children, which is probably the only reason it's gathered a stigma for those expecting family fun from 'the latest Disney film.' But I find it in most regards to be a well-made drama, with some strong elements and a great, unique look.

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I may not go as far as to say the Black Cauldron is amazing. However i do think it is underappreciated. I think it's main problem is the fact that so many rewrites were done on the script, that the story does not flow at all points during the movie. there are alos minor points that irritate me, for example. Princess Eilonwe's magic ball thing disappears and doesn't return until the end of the film (except for a brief appearance in the witches cottage). However i do not think it is Disney's worst animated film, it has a lot going for it! The story is (on the whole) very strong. The characters are also strong. It has lots of action, interesting characters, and the animation (in cinemascope woo hoo!) is absolutely amazing. I certainly think this is a great movie (not amazing). but i do think more people would like it, if they got a chance to see it.


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i've never really seen the entire thing yet, since i haven't gotten around to it...maybe i should when i visit my bro since he has it at home...but the bits and pieces i did see appeared quite interesting...although the villain looked way scary...but then again so did malificent.


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Hmmm. Gotta say its my 44th favorite of the animated classics. Tried to be scary and then add in cute characters and lame songs. Totally inconsistent in mood and feel. If they had just gone all out to try and make a dark feeling movie it might have worked but it didnt.

A bad movie in a period where Disney didn't have many good animators. The nine old men were pretty much retired, Don Bluth was gone and the new generation really didn't start to cut their teeth until the Great Mouse Detective.

Got this review off of the Black Cauldron and it hits the nail on the head

The Black Cauldron (August 10/01)

The Black Cauldron is quite an oddity, especially considering it's a Disney cartoon. It's too dark and scary for younger children, and it's too silly and childish for older viewers to embrace.

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Although this is not one of the great Disney films, I remember how impressive it was to see on the big screen at the time it was released in theaters. I was lucky enough to see it in a theater with a great sound system, and the surround sound of this film was really amazing. It was a lot of fun. I still remember how haunting some of the score was, and the scenes with the witches were particularly impressive in sight and sound.

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Fefinitely one of my favorite Disney animated films. I love it, and I think it's brilliant. Very dark and daring... this one is a must see. Reminds me a bit of Fantasia's darker moments.


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Did you know that you can download the computer game (based on the Black Cauldron movie) for free?

Well, you can, from the author's own website:


Since the game is almost 20 years old, you'll have to forgive the simple graphics and sounds. But I still think the game is interesting and challenging to play. The storyline is very close to the film, yet there are many possible variations. You can do things in even more clever ways than in the film, thus getting a better score.

Even though it's possible to run the game in a dos box in Windows, you'll find that the game works much better under Nagi. You probably don't need VDMSound, though. NAGI v2.06 and the SDL library should be all it takes to run the game under Windows.


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I own the . I think that pretty much says how I love the film. :D

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I don't know how many of you already know this, but The Black Cauldron was the second book in a series of five great books by Lloyd Alexander.
1. The Book of Three
2. The Black Cauldron
3. The Castle of Llyr
4. Taran Wanderer
5. The High King

Since some of the characters had already been introduced in the first book, and others would be expanded upon in the later books, the movie might feel incomplete. I haven't actually seen the movie yet (unless I saw it or parts of it ages ago,) so I can only go by the books right now.


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The title for this post is fairly touching. I wouldn't say this is mediocre, let alone bad. I wouldn't go and call it "the best Disney full-length animated movie masterpiece classic milestone feature film", but it's okay. It has some fine moments and although it's not their best movie, it's passible Disney entertainment.

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