Black Cauldron

Disney

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Disney have been in and out of the software business, either running a dedicated software label themselves or licensing out its famous characters to other companies to produce games based on them.

Back in the mid 1980s there was a series of official Disney games with an educational nature, published in the UK and Europe by U.S. Gold. This included Donald Duck’s Playground, Mickey’s Runaway Zoo and Winnie the Pooh in Hundred-Acre Wood.

However, a magazine news article promised more titles. The first of these was based on The Black Cauldron, itself based on the children’s fantasy novels of Lloyd Alexander. (It was the first Disney animation to feature computer-generated images). Another game based on Return to Oz, released the same year, was released.

However it is not known what happend to The Black Cauldron.

GTW’s Fabrizio suggested that Al Lowe may know more, and after some quick questioning, Al had the following to say (Sadly no leads)…

"Since Sierra never made an AGI engine that could fit on the C64, I doubt there were firm plans. But, on occasion they hired another company to just start from scratch and create whatever they could, using our games as the basis. (I know there wasa King’s Quest game done for the Nintendo like that. There may have been a version for the C64, too.)"

So no developments there… and the hunt goes on…

Contributions: Fabrizio Bartoloni

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