I’m sorry once more! But, COME ON! Who knows Taran?! Who knows Hen Wen?! Who knows Princess Eilonwy?! Who knows Doli?! Who knows King Eiddileg?! Who knows Flewwwdur Flflflammm or however you spell his name?! It’s Disney’s black sheep! It’s just…AARRGHH!!!!
Right, sorry about that, folks! Let’s start at the beginning!
We arrive at the black sheep of the Disney Canon, “The Black Cauldron”! Released in 1985, Disney’s 25th animated feature
became famous for many things! First of all, it was a flop at the box office!
Secondly, to rub the salt in the wounds, it was released in the same year as “The Care Bears Movie”, and “The Care Bears Movie” made more money than this did!
Thirdly, this was the first animated Disney film to be rated PG and apparently had to be edited to prevent a PG-13 rating!
As you can see, this movie is pretty infamous on its own. Based on Lloyd Alexander’s “The Chronicles of Prydain” series, the film tells the story of a young “assistant pig-keeper” who dreams of becoming a hero. But he can’t become a hero and instead has to spend his days looking after a pig that has powers to see into the future when putting its mouth into a container of water.
Yeah, anyway…the pig is in danger from being captured by the Horned King! He’s one of the purest devilish
Disney villains, yet doesn’t appear much in the film nor does he do much in the film!
Anyway, the Horned King wants the pig so that he can find the whereabouts of a special black cauldron with which he can devise an army of “un-dead” soldiers! And the pig ends up getting captured and taken to the Horned King’s castle.
The rest of the movie is about Taran, along with the help of new characters, getting the pig back from the Horned King and locating and destroying the Black Cauldron.
I think you can see why this film is the darkest film in the Disney Canon!
So anyway, why do I choose everybody as my forgotten/minor characters from this movie? Well mainly, because this film is so obscure and weird that I don’t think the majority of people think of this movie first when they think of the name, Disney! I actually believe that besides “Saludos Amigos” and possibly, “Fun and Fancy Free”, this is the least-seen animated Disney film in the canon! Hence, its story isn’t well-known and its characters as well!
Ask someone to name a Disney character who’s a young assistant boy and carries a sword in the film and that person will tell you, “Arthur from ‘The Sword in the Stone’“!
Ask someone to name a Disney character who carries a stringed instrument and is meant to play it to tell a story and that person may have to think for a while! But in the end, the person might possibly say, “Alan-a-Dale from ‘Robin Hood’“!
Ask someone to name a Disney character who’s a small, weird-voiced comic relief and that person may say “One of Maleficent’s goons from ‘Sleeping Beauty’“!
Ask someone to name a Disney character who’s a pig! You know what they’re gonna say!
Ask someone to name a Disney movie featuring fairy-like people! They’ll say “Peter Pan” or maybe even “Fantasia”!
Ask someone to name a truly dark, evil, and devilish Disney villain and they’ll say, “The Devil Himself or Chernabog from ‘Fantasia’“!
Oh yeah, they’ll definitely think of Princess Eilonwy who happens to be MY FAVORITE DISNEY PRINCESS, and yet isn’t considered an official Disney princess whilst Mulan, for some reason, is! AARRGGHHH!!
So you may be wondering that if the main reason that I’m choosing all the characters is because they’re obscure, then why didn’t I do the same when I was at Disney’s package films because they’re quite obscure too! Well, the thing about the package films is that they’re composed of separate shorts and some shorts are MORE FAMOUS than others! So the movies themselves might be obscure, but many people would know certain characters from certain segments over the rest of the characters!
In this case however, this is one full film as a whole, hence its characters are all remembered equally, and in this case, not at all! If you were to go up to someone and say,
he/she may call the cops!
Or you may be lucky and bump into a Tolkien fan, and he may reply with
Anyway, I hope you can see why I had to choose all the characters from this film as forgotten ones! I’m not a huge fan of this movie, although I don’t hate it either! But it seems that the name “The Black Cauldron” shall live on in infamy!