Welcome to Oliver Harper’s Retrospectives & Reviews. Like us all at FTN, Oliver LOVES cinema, and like us, he has passions that not everyone shares, but he feels obligated to put the word out. This week Oliver looks at The Black Cauldron… we’ll let him tell you the aims of these videos himself. Over to you, Oliver…
Every week FTN will be hosting videos looking back at classic films from the 80s and early 90s…
“The videos will be a retrospective look back at a particular film covering all sides of the production and discussing how the film turned out. Many people on the net generally like to discuss films with a negative attitude and take joy in bashing films for comedic effect which does work but often many of the reviews aren’t researched well or films are taken out of context for the purpose of making a joke and I feel websites such as youtube have become over-saturated with these types of videos, I wanted to do something different.
“Often you come across films with no extras available on the DVD and you want to know more about it, so with some of the upcoming videos I will be discussing films that don’t get the respect they deserve or the ones that aren’t as bad as people think…”
This week’s review – The Black Cauldron
Disney’s 25th animated feature is one they probably want to forget about. Loosely based on The Chronicles of Prydain, it completely bombed at the box office despite getting good reviews at the time. It was the second film by Disney that was shot on Super Technirama 70! The first was Sleeping Beauty.
The animation and the look of the movie is fantastic, it’s just the story is very generic and pulls no punches and lacks any real charm which is odd because Disney films always have a good amount of charm and character. It was never released on VHS or DVD till the late 90s despite coming out in 1985!