We are back with another Disney+ battle. This week, we will be comparing the first Disney animated film to ever receive a PG rating and a sequel to a Disney Revival hit. So, let’s compare and contrast and see which film is better between “The Black Cauldron” and “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

1. PROTAGONIST

The main character of “The Black Cauldron” is Taran, a young boy living on a farm who wants to be a hero. He goes on a mission to save a magical pig, finds a magical sword, eventually finds the Black Cauldron and then fights the Horned King who is a vicious ruler over all the land. He leads the way through the story. The main character of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is Ralph. He’s a video game villain who learned how to accept himself for who he is and is now jumping from website to website on the internet in hopes of finding a part that will help keep his video arcade alive. He has to learn the same lessons, this time about his best friend who feels more at home in the internet than in her own game. Both make you care about their journey, but Ralph stands out more. Point to “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

The Black Cauldron 0 | Ralph Breaks the Internet 1


2. ANTAGONIST

The villain of “The Black Cauldron” is the Horned King. He’s an evil ruler who is searching for the Black Cauldron so he can unleash an undead army. He’s truly villainous. The villain of “Ralph Breaks the Internet” is Arthur, a virus from the dark web that Ralph unleashes that takes over the internet. Arthur does more damage overall, but is just doing what a virus does. The Horned King is evil, the virus is following nature. Point to “The Black Cauldron”

The Black Cauldron 1 | Ralph Breaks the Internet 1

3. SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

“The Black Cauldron” features some memorable supporting characters. The most memorable of these is Gurgi, a dog-like creature, who sacrifices himself in the Black Cauldron to save his friends. The witches, Princess Eilonwy and Fflewddur Fflam are also very memorable. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” features memorable characters too; including new characters like Shank, Yess and Knows More and returning favorites like Vanellope, Fix-It Felix and Sgt. Calhoun. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” may have the advantage here because it’s a sequel, but I think its supporting characters are more memorable. Point to “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

The Black Cauldron 1 | Ralph Breaks the Internet 2

4. MUSIC

Neither of these films have standout music. The score of “The Black Cauldron” does its best to convey how dark the film is trying to be, but there are no songs, at all. I don’t just mean there are no breakout songs, there are no songs, just a score. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” doesn’t have anything that truly stands out, but it does have some new music from both Alan Menken and Imagine Dragons. Point to “Ralph Breaks the Internet.”

The Black Cauldron 1 | Ralph Breaks the Internet 3


5. MEMORABLE MOMENTS

The memorable parts of “The Black Cauldron,” to me, are the pig, the escape with the sword, Gurgi sacrificing himself and the Horned King being sucked into the Black Cauldron. The memorable parts of “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” to me, are Ralph accidentally destroying the game and Vanellope’s performance in Slaughter Race. I think “The Black Cauldron” is actually more memorable.

The Black Cauldron 2 | Ralph Breaks the Internet 3

So, “Ralph Breaks the Internet” wins this battle. Having seen both of these, I agree that it’s better, but “The Black Cauldron” is more memorable. But I’m going to throw it over to you. Which of these films do you prefer?






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Jeremy Brown

Jeremy has been a big Disney fan since he was a kid growing up during the Disney Renaissance. One day he hopes to go to every Disney Park in the world.

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  1. C. J. May 22, 2022

    Regardless of the point of this article - music isn't about having a singsongy "breakout song", and a score isn't "just" a score, that's such a childish way of evaluating it. The score makes up the personality of the whole movie. Ralph Breaks the Internet may have been disappointing in how it didn't utilize any of the huge potential or even continuity of the first movie (obligatory comment about the returning cast getting ignored in favor of cameos and references), but the first movie Wreck-It Ralph has a fantastic score by Henry Jackman. It blends orchestral music with chiptunes, gives themes and leitmotifs to all four main characters and their games, and has an increasingly-manic organ piece playing throughout the film to highlight King Candy's insanity. Not to mention the background and credits music that have an "'80s songs playing through the speakers in an arcade", thematically appropriate feel. Shoving in a soundtrack-bait singalong song wouldn't have been a "breakout" or made anything more memorable, it just would've distracted from the ambiance and dumbed down the movie by showing instead of telling. Everything doesn't have to be a musical and everyone doesn't sing, same reason Toy Story doesn't have the characters belt out ballads out of nowhere.