The Black Hole: Disney's Attempted Space Epic In A Post-Star Wars World

By Cyn Felthousen-Post
Maximilian in 'The Black Hole.' Source: IMDB

Disney's The Black Hole had good robots (V.I.N.CENT. and BO.B.), a big bad robot (Maximilian), an evil villain, laser battles, special effects, ambiguous creepy drone humanoids, a powerhouse cast and some incredibly inaccurate science. These are all great ingredients in a late '70s sci-fi movie, thanks to Star Wars. Yet The Black Hole couldn't pull it off -- despite a big budget and the perfect window between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back, The Black Hole was only moderately successful, outperformed by other 1979 space fare Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Alien, and Moonraker.

Of course -- what do critics know? Who cares about box office math? Many kids who saw the film loved it, bought the action figures and comic books, and fully expected a Black Hole II.