They spent more on this film- 44 million dollars- thank any previous animated film. It was also the first Disney animated film to receive a PG rating. It was based on the largely unread the first two books in The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. Boy, with all that going for it, how could you not want to avoid this at the theaters?
And avoid it the audience did. In its initial release, the film did a mere 21 million in box office. This is despite massive re-edits ordered by newly appointed Disney studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. Katzenberg convinced Disney chairman Michael Eisner of the fatal flaws in the project, and had the release date pushed back six months. During that time, 12 minutes were excised from the film, and some scenes re-animated.
The movie was shot in 70mm with a Dolby Stereo soundtrack.
Nothing would have saved this film. It was too dark, too hard to understand, and too non-Disney.
On the positive side, The Black Cauldron developed the first use of computer generated images in a animated film. A computer was used to animate bubbles, a boat, and even the cauldron itself.
This was also the first Disney film to use the now-familiar Walt Disney Pictures title card featuring a white silhouette of Sleeping Beauty castle over a baby blue background. This logo replaced the previous "Buena Vista Pictures Distribution" card and the "Walt Disney Productions Presents" title card. Instead of the simple "The End" title card at the end of the movie, the movie ends with a full credits roll. This would continue for most Disney animated film releases after The Black Cauldron.
This was the 25th film in the official Disney list of animated films.
The Black Cauldron Production Information
Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.
Alternate Title: "Taran and the Magic Cauldron."
Foreign Language Titles: "Taram Et Le Chaudron Magique (French)" and "El Caldero Magico (Spanish)<\/span>."
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