The Black Cauldron.(1985). "Have You Seen My Pig?".
Join us for this week's episode "The Black Cauldron". We talk jamming a series down your throat, high value pork, Jar-Jar vibes, being imprisoned with a hottie, gross henchman and why you never ever under any circumstance let go of your sword. Does this movie have us saving the world and getting the girl or a we hoping to find our heads on pikes outside the castle? Find out now!
Storyline : Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young man named Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen, a magical oracular pig, who knows the location of the mystical black cauldron. This is not an easy task, for The Evil Horned King will stop at nothing to get the cauldron.
Writers: Lloyd Alexander...(novel), David Jonas, Vance Gerry, Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Al Wilson, Roy Morita, Peter Young, Art Stevens, Joe Hale, Rosemary Anne Sisson, Roy Edward Disney, Tony Marino, Steve Hulett, Mel Shaw, Burny Mattinson, John Musker, Ron Clements, and Doug Lefler
Stars: Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Freddie Jones and John Byner
Awards: Unofficially : The Worst Animated Disney Film Ever Made. Officially : None
Film Budget: $44,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $21,288,692
Literally...no songs, for an animated Disney Film this is very strange to not have a single jingle, not one musical number. There is a score but it is not recognizable in any way.
Munchies and Crunchies! Fun Facties and Trivia-ies!
The film received no video releases until 1998, due to its dark content.
First full-length Disney animated movie since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) to have completed scenes cut prior to release.
Tim Burton, who worked as a conceptual artist on this movie, wanted to incorporate minions of the Horned King that were akin to the "facehuggers" from the Alien film franchise. Some samples of his work can be seen on Disney's 2000 DVD of this movie.
The production of this movie can be traced back to 1971, when Walt Disney Pictures purchased the screen rights to Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain". This movie took over twelve years to make, five years of actual production, and cost over $25 million. Over 1,000 different hues and colors were used, and 34 miles of film stock was utilized
There is an urban legend that, despite the movie's failure in the U.S., it was popular in Japan, so much so that the creator of the Legend of Zelda series, Shigeru Miyamoto, based a lot of the game's elements on this movie.
Although Disney tried to hide this film before from viewers due to it's epic failure it is easily available to stream on Disney+ right here.
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