The Black Cauldron Reviews

January 3, 2018
Technically brilliant though short on narrative, "The Black Cauldron" is a painless, old-fashioned way to take out the kids, and a triumph for the animation department at the Disney studio, where it has been in development for almost a dozen years.
September 20, 2010
Flawed jumble of a film, but a picture of immense artistic accomplishment and dedication to atypical faces of wickedness...there's still so much to admire about this red-headed stepchild of a film.
November 22, 2009
It may have cost five times the amount of any other Disney film in the preceding two decades, but by God that money ended up on screen.
November 4, 2009
A glorious return to the days at Disney when animation was full and detail was everything.
September 5, 2008
It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short.
January 2, 2005
Middle road Disney animation, unmemorable.
November 2, 2004
September 2, 2004
March 12, 2004
February 10, 2004
John Hurt's gravelly voice of the Horned King steals the show.
November 12, 2002
July 25, 2002
A mite disappointing, but certainly watchable enough.
August 15, 2001
THE BLACK CAULDRON hitches up its pants, says good-bye to Mom at the door, but then decides to go no further than the front yard
February 27, 2001
A flawed, but ambitious film that was obviously aiming to draw as many adults into the theater as children.
January 1, 2000
...it serves a purpose in reminding us that even today's animation can't compare to the brilliance that hand-drawn animation offers its audience.
January 1, 2000
The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film.
January 1, 2000
By the end of The Black Cauldron I was remembering, with something of a shock of nostalgia, the strength and utter storytelling conviction of the early Disney animators. The Black Cauldron is a return to the tradition.