An underrated classic
This movie is sadly overlooked for many other lighthearted, forgettable Disney films. I, for one, find many Disney movies to be tacky, cheesy, and flat-out unrealistic. You will never find anyone dying, any blood, any realistic themes or character development at all, instead all of it is just hokey garbage, and my god, the singing gets on my nerves!
This is a departure from the traditional Disney formula, and "The Black Cauldron" gets mistreated due to its desire to be different. I admire films and things that want to be different. Things that are always the same are dull and uninteresting to someone like me. I first watched this film when I got it on video. I still have it as well.
I absolutely adore this movie. Everything about it is great. For once, you have a villain who's appropriately scary and mysterious, he's not hokey at all, he's completely and utterly terrifying. The Horned King is one of my favorites. Taran is the Frodo type, always wanting to get into trouble and being somewhat of a dreamer. Arguably, the most annoying was probably Gurgi.
The plot was really well-executed, too. It did feel a little rushed near the end, and it felt like they tied too many things together in a hurry to be finished. However, the plot is absolutely amazing for a Disney film. This film wanted to show children the dark side of life, how good and evil don't exist, how there are only good and bad decisions. It's sad that this film doesn't get all the love it deserves. It's an excellent series for what it's worth.
The music is creepy, the animation is superb, the characters are well-done, and the villain is memorably scary. What more could you ask for?
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Erm, no offense, but this is less of a review and more of a biased statement. What you wrote implies a lot of things that are incorrect.
First, you seem to imply that a film is bad unless it's ZOMG DARK N' EDGY N' FULL OF BLOOD!!1!11one! And no. This is not true. By that logic then every single R-rated movie ever would be an Opus. Darkness is a tool, not what makes or breaks a story: it can help, but it isn't what actually makes a story good. It's not about the tools, it's how you use them.
Second, no one ever dies in a Disney movie? ...have you ever actually payed attention to Disney movies at all? It is actually rather uncommon for a Disney film to not kill off at least one character. Granted, 95% of the time it's either the villains or somebody's parents, but it still counts. Besides, Cauldron doesn't do that much differently in regards to who it kills off when compared to other Disney movies: the only characters to die onscreen are the Horned King (the main baddie) and Gurgi (who comes back to life). Here's a list of Disney movies that have onscreen deaths (discounting the fakeout deaths/the ones that came back to life). I can't list them all because we'd be here all day, but here you go:
The Lion King: Mufasa, Scar
Tarzan: Tarzan's parents, Kala and Kerchak's baby, Kerchak, Clayton, Sabor the leopard
The Hunchback of Notre Dame: Frollo, Quasimodo's mom
Bambi: Bambi's mom and an unnamed bird character
Mulan: the elite Chinese troops, including Shang's father; the entire Hun army, and also Shan Yu
The Little Mermaid: Flotsam, Jetsam, and Ursula
The Princess and the Frog: Dr. Facilier, Ray the firefly
And there are actually more, but I'll stop here. This list only has films from the Disney Animated Canon itself.
...actually, now that I think of it, it'd probably be easier to list the Disney films that don't kill off anyone.
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