The Black Cauldron is notorious for being one of Disney's darkest and scariest movies, and it is, but there's a beauty in its darkness that's unrivalled. The score does feel mismatched in places and the characters aren't very well-developed, but there's something truly ambitious there, and the animation has moments of sheer awe-inspiring brilliance. It really is a work of visual art.
But you can see the behind-the-scenes troubles even in its animation - while some scenes are some of the most challenging and technically brilliant of all of Disney’s hand-drawn output, others look almost amateur.
The Black Cauldron was different, risky and slightly more mature in tone to average Disney fare. It’s often accused of being the movie that almost killed Walt Disney Feature Animation, but there’s always more to the story, and that includes the potential that The Black Cauldron had to change Disney’s animated fortunes for the better...
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