Aloha my wonderful merfolk!
As I’ve mentioned already this week, I’ve only ever seen The Black Cauldron once before in my entire life. That was probably about two years ago and seeing as I can’t remember what I did yesterday, I thought I would give the film a watch and a little review for you guys!
This blog post will not be spoiler free. Just a warning.
Taran annoyed me at the start of the film. He acts like such a spoilt brat that believes the world owes him something. Not to mention his dislike of taking care of Hen Wen the pig. Why would anyone not like looking after the most adorable pig in the world? Towards the end of the movie I didn’t dislike him as much. Gurgi. Gurgi. What even is Gurgi? Yes, he is seen as adorable but what is with that voice? That is an incredibly annoying voice and reminds me way too much of Gollum from Lord of the Rings. He annoys me the majority of the way through the film if I am being brutally honest. His sacrifice was super cute though.
Princess Eilonwy definitely deserves to be recognised as a proper Disney princess. She’s just adorable. I think she is my favourite part of the whole movie if I’m being brutally honest. She’s kind and sweet and just so lovely. Now on the other end of the spectrum is the Horned King. Yeah, hes scarier and a lot darker than most Disney villains but in all honesty, I found him a bit boring. There didn’t seem to be much to him, no pun intended. And also, his demise? What even was that?
The story, for a Disney film, just didn’t feel, like a Disney film. I usually like the dark and mysterious and creepy but this film just didn’t fill that void. I can see why this is the film that Disney would like to forget because I can already feel I’ll for get what has happened before I even finish writing this review.
I like the idea of the pig that can see into the future. I like the Fair Folk because who doesn’t like fairies? I don’t like the fact there are no songs. I love that Disney films have songs that get stuck in my head and I end up singing them for days. There are no songs in this and that makes me feel sad. Not even a slight jingle. Nothing.
The animation in The Black Cauldron was nothing amazing on Disney’s part. In fact, most of the time, I forgot I was watching a Disney film. It just doesn’t have the Disney feel to it. Although, I have to admit, I do get a few Sword in the Stone vibes but perhaps that’s just because both are set in the Middle Ages? Who knows.
Also, I’m not sure if it was just the version I was watching but it seemed slightly out of sync when it came to sound effects? Or sound effects were missing when characters opened their mouths or reacted to things etc. It just felt like it was lacking attention in parts; that the animators had lost the will to create the movie before it had even been released.
I want to like The Black Cauldron but I just felt bored whilst watching it. I couldn’t one hundred percent get into it and I most definitely do not feel like it is a Disney film. I won’t be hurrying to watch it again. Sorry to all Black Cauldron fans out there. In my opinion, it’s a very underwhelming film with not many memorable characters or moments.
a mermaid be waiting for you, in mysterious fathoms below