THE BLACK HOLE Motion Picture Soundtrack

Always on the hunt for the unusual, I have recently found a great movie soundtrack for an underrated Disney classic. The Black Hole was released in 1979 with a Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 18th. It premiered in the United States on December 21st.

The original soundtrack album I am featuring here was released in 1979 as well to further promote the movie.

Black Hole Front Cover

Cover Art

Some mild swearing (a first for a Disney film) and scenes of human death earned The Black Hole a PG (Parental Guidance suggested) rating. It was a first for a Disney production. Later Disney founded Touchstone Pictures for all of its future ‘adult themed’ entertainment.

This soundtrack album contains a 12-page full-color Souvenir Photo Album. Let’s have a look:

Black Hole SPA Pages 1, 2

Each page spread has numbered photos that correspond to a quote or descriptive text.

Black Hole SPA Pages 3, 4

The pages follow the movie in sequence so that you can follow along with the plot as you listen to the record.

Black Hole SPA Pages 5, 6

Most of the pivotal scenes from the movie are represented.

Black Hole SPA Pages 7, 8Black Hole SPA Pages 9, 10Black Hole SPA Pages 11, 12

And… The Black Hole!

The back cover of the album sleeve gives a glimpse of what is contained in the souvenir photo album, as well as a list of credits from the movie:

Black Hole Back Cover

The album itself is produced by Walt Disney Productions on the Disneyland Records label. Percy Rodrigues provides the narration:

Black Hole Label

The movie earned nearly $36 million at the North American box office but received mixed reviews from critics. And an astrophysicist deemed The Black Hole to be the least scientifically accurate movie of all time.

OUCH!

But I loved it for what it was, a nice bit of Disney fantasy. Comic book adaptions, a Little Golden Book, a read-along record book, and a line of Mego Corporation action figures all help to keep the movie alive with fans!

For more adventure in The Black Hole, check out this great button.

The Black Hole Record Book

The Black Hole opened at a Royal World Premiere at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on December 18, 1979. It premiered in the United States on December 21, 1979. And sometime in 1979, Walt Disney Productions released this great little record-book featuring an adaption of the feature film:

Black Hole Record Book 002

If you’re unfamiliar with this type of item, it is actually quite simple: You place the record on the player and turn to page one. You read along with the narrator until you hear chimes, which is your cue to turn the page. Keep doing this until the story is done. You will have to flip the record over mid-way through.

Although the size of a 45 this record actually plays at 33 1/3 RPM.

Let’s look at some sample pages. These contain screen captures from the film:

Black Hole Record Book 003

Black Hole Record Book 004

The book is only 7 1/4″ square

Black Hole Record Book 009

Black Hole Record Book 012

Black Hole Record Book 014

The Indiana Jones ball… of fire!

Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark didn’t hit theaters until 1981, a full two years after The Black Hole. Now note that in the picture on the right (above) that our protagonists are running from a huge ball (here, a flaming meteor) that is rolling down a shaft.

Sound familiar? Oh Indy, and I thought you were so original!

Black Hole Record Book 016

Black Hole Record Book 017

Disneyland Records released many different titles in this record-book format. You can see another version featuring Mickey as the Brave Little Tailor or another larger and much older version, featuring a Silly Symphony, by clicking the links.

Black Hole Record Book disc 001

Love the miniature Vincent on the label!

Unfortunately, although it made money at the box office, the film didn’t receive positive reviews, and drew criticism for both its violent content and some use of language. It now has a cult following (I’m a charter member) and merchandise based on the film is becoming popular.

For more of such merchandise, check out our earlier post on Disney Movie Buttons to see one featuring The Black Hole!

Now if you will excuse me, I’ve just heard the chimes, and must move on to another post.