Disney is reportedly developing a live-action remake of The Black Cauldron. It’s not yet known whether the remake will be released theatrically or on Disney+.
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The Black Cauldron was the 25th Disney animated feature film and the first to sport a PG rating as well as the first to feature CGI. Budgeted at $25 – 44 million, it was the most expensive animated film ever made at the time and only grossed $21.3 million domestically so Disney did not release it on home video until 1998.
Loosely based on the first two books in Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain, it centers on the evil Horned King who hopes to secure an ancient magical cauldron that will aid him in his desire to conquer the world. He is opposed by a young pig keeper named Taran, the young princess Eilonwy, the bard Fflewddur Fflam, and a wild creature named Gurgi who seek to destroy the cauldron.
It sports a 55% approval rating over on Rotten Tomatoes with a Critics Consensus that reads: Ambitious but flawed, The Black Cauldron is technically brilliant as usual but lacks the compelling characters of other Disney animated classics.
It was directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich (The Fox and the Hound) and features the voices of Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Freddie Jones, Nigel Hawthorne, John Byner, and John Hurt. It’s available for streaming on Disney+.