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Week 25: The Black Cauldron

  • This marks the 25th animated film the company has produced, making its debut on July 24, 1985.
  • This is the first Disney film to ever receive a PG rating.  It in fact had to go through several edits to not have it rated PG-13 or R.
  • This is also the first film to not be a musical (of any sort).
  • The film was based on the first two books based off of Welsh mythology, The Chronicles of Prydain, by Lloyd Alexander.
  • A new way to transfer drawings to cels were invented: the APT process.  However, the line art would fade off the cels over time.
  • The film is notable for being the world’s first full-length animated feature film to incorporate the use of CGI in its animation for bubbles, a boat, and the cauldron itself.
  • This is also the first and only animated Disney film to introduced the new sound effects with classic Disney SFX.
  • This is also the first Disney film to use the class Walt Disney Pictures logo with the silhouette of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle against a blue backdrop
  • As well as being the first film to have all of the credits rolling at the end of the production since Alice in Wonderland.  
  • It also doesn’t feature a “The End” title card at the end of the film.
  • The film was suspended from video release for years due to its dark content.
  • When the Horned King activates the power of The Black Cauldron, the sound of a space shuttle launch was used.
  • Because of its dark feel, this film earned the title by the company and fans as “the film Disney tried to bury”.  To this day fans are trying to hard to discover the lost and edited footage.
  • This is the first animated film to be filmed in widescreen since Sleeping Beauty.
  • This is the last film that Tim Burton had any affiliation with before he set off to create his own films.
  • Legend has it that this film was really popular in Japan, and thus became the inspiration for the plot for several Legend of Zelda games.

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