March 11, 2011

The Black Hole--For Kids!

The only thing I really remember about Disney's The Black Hole is that it was the company's first PG-rated film. Also that it kind of sucked.

Neither of those things kept Disney from merchandising it for little kids, though.


As DT reader Cam documents in this nice photo: the Little Golden Books version of The Black Hole; A Spaceship Adventure for Robots. The subtitle's really what sells it.

A Disney fan named Ed posted a couple of illustrations from the inside. But you can check it out for yourself; the book's got just enough quirky WTF-ness to keep a healthy stock of used copies on Amazon.

Even better, though, is the Black Hole Coloring and Activity Book, which got profiled here in 2007.


Between the robot sentinel and the legendary star of stage and screen, I am pretty sure this movie is why so many kids got named Maximilian the last few decades.

Buy The Black Hole: A Spaceship Adventure for Robots (A Little Golden Book) from $1.47 [amazon]
Coloring Book Theatre: The Black Hole []


I remember they screened this film at my elementary school shortly after it left the theaters. The creepy scene at the end where both Reinhardt and Maximilian wind up in hell together, after emerging from the black hole is still the single scariest memory from my entire childhood.

Hey now, I've still got my Black Hole collector cards...they'll be worth A LOT of money one day.

Hey, I had that book. The red guy's name is Maximilian, right?

My mom recently dug up some of my old kid's books with accompanying tapes to give to her grandsons. Tapes! Some of which even still worked! One of which was The Black Hole. And as you say, it sucked.

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