The huge success of Star Wars inspired other studios to create their own space opera adventures. Disney sank its money into The Black Hole, released in 1979. Join us for a look at this odd combination of drama, special effects, and camp. This episode is brought to you by Robot ESP.
Despite being part of a movie that wasn’t sure if it wanted to be serious science fiction or a Disney flick, Maximilian creeped me out a little bit when as a kid I sat in the theater watching it for the first time. One scene in particular, when Max uses a whirling blade on the character played by Anthony Perkins, made me realize this wasn’t our usual Disney production. I also swear his outline was the basis for the Recognizers in TRON. One cool robot!