This Day in Movie History – July 24th, 1985 – The Black Cauldron Film Released

By: Sean Sporman
By: Sean Sporman

Disney's animated feature film history is full of success, but on this day in movie history, one of its failures hit cinemas for the first time.

The Black Cauldron was based on a series of fantasy novels known as The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. In the film, a group of heroes led by Taran and Princess Eilonwy must defeat the evil Horned King who hopes to use the titular Magic Cauldron to rule the land.

Disney's first PG-rated animated feature as of that time, The Black Cauldron was released on July 24th, 1985. However, unlike many previous Disney films, it was not a big success. On a $44 million dollar budget, it only made back just over $21 million. In fact, it was beat at the theaters at the time by The Care Bears Movie! Because of this poor performance, it didn't receive a home video release until a decade after being in theaters. It has since been released on DVD, however.

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