The Black Hole
Disney's answer to "you-know-what"The Money
It was an ambitious attempt by Disney. Including marketing, this cost approximately twice as much as Star Wars
, the genre-defining masterpiece that came 2 years before it. ($20-$26 million as opposed to $13 million) - although to be fair Star Trek - The Motion Picture's
troubled budget dwarfed both.The Film
It's a reasonably enjoyable, colourful yet surprisingly dark B-movie on steroids. It has three robots, spectacular cinematography, a pre-Jackie Brown
Robert Forster, the psycho from Psycho
, the voice from Planet of the Apes
, the composer from James Bond
and... Ernest Borgnine.
Ernest Borgnine with a moustache in space.
It touches on tangible scientific principles of black holes but predictably jettisons this for reliably flexible hokum and, of all things, religious imagery. It was Disney's first PG film, featuring violence and bad language - words like 'Damn' and 'Hell'.The Robots
V.I.N.CENT - stands for "Vital Information Necessary CENTralized"
B.O.B. - stands for "BiO-sanitation Battalion"
Maximilian doesn't have an acronym but he does have rotating blades for hands.
Despite its ambition The Black Hole
didn't even get near it's predecessor, and Disney was left way behind in the space race.
Well, not until Mickey Mouse got his wallet out again and bought Star Wars
May the financial force be with you.