MovieRob’s Childhood Flashback Movie Challenge – The Black Cauldron (1985)


Welcome back to my Flashback Movie Challenge. The goal here is to re-watch movies from your youth that you loved back then and see if you and your “young self from yesteryear” can agree on your opinion of this movie or whether years of new perspectives have changed those feelings.

If you would like to participate in this, feel free to shoot me an email ( with your review so I can post it. It’s very important that you show the similarities or differences between the you of now and the you of then.

Good luck to all!!!! I look forward to seeing how we all fare.

To continue my challenge, I present you with my review of The Black Cauldron (1985), this movie was one of my favorites growing up and I have very fond memories of it.

Now, on to the review…..

British Poster Black Cauldron“I presume, my boy, you are the keeper of this oracular pig.” – The Horned King

Number of Times Seen –at least 5 (in the theater in 1985, cable and 16 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A young boy and a pig with magical powers go on a quest to find and destroy a fabled cauldron before an evil king uses it’s power for evil.

My Take on it – This movie was Disney first (and last) foray into the world of animated dramatic adventure cartoons.

The story is really silly. (C’mon a pig who can see the future?) and for a movie meant to be geared towards children, it has many many scary images of death and destruction.

It is rumored that there were lots of parents who hauled their crying and screaming kids out in the middle of showings due to this non-child friendly material.

The only character I liked here was a character named Gurgi who’s guttural speech sounded much like Gollum and that kept me somewhat entertained whenever he was onscreen.

I’m glad that Disney realized after this movie to stick to their tried and true animated format that only 4 years later would produce The Little Mermaid (1989) and once again put them back in the game.

Bottom Line – Waste of time.  Proof that Disney should stick to musicals and comedies instead of dramatic adventure stories.

Rating – Razzie Worthy

Overall, I’m very glad I re-watched this and think that in this case my younger self and me would once again completely disagree on this movie.  I can’t even find any merit here that would even justify my younger self liking this one.


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