Whitney Pastorek
May 19, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

Remake ”The Black Cauldron”

This Lloyd Alexander young-adult novel was butchered during the dark days at Disney Animation (post-Jungle Book, pre-Little Mermaid), its adaptation disappearing from Mouse House lore in shame…but that had nothing to do with the source material. Alexander’s five-volume Chronicles of Prydain tells the story of Taran, an Assistant Pig-Keeper, who — along with the strong-willed Princess Eilonwy — must save the kingdom from the forces of evil. Think Jamie Bell and Evan Rachel Wood. Think mythology and epic sweep. Anyone looking for the next Lord of the Rings (and you know everyone is) could do a lot worse.

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