The Black Cauldron

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Overview

Walt Disney Pictures produced this ambitious, animated tale of sorcery and swordfighting. Taran voice of Grant Bardsley, is an assistant to Dallben voice of Freddie Jones, a pigkeeper in the mythical land of Prydain. Taran longs to be a knight, and he's given his chance to live out his dream when he is sent out in search of a magical black cauldron which can either be a powerful instrument of good or a bottomless fount of evil, depending entirely upon who should find it. However, Taran is not the only one in ...
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Overview

Walt Disney Pictures produced this ambitious, animated tale of sorcery and swordfighting. Taran voice of Grant Bardsley, is an assistant to Dallben voice of Freddie Jones, a pigkeeper in the mythical land of Prydain. Taran longs to be a knight, and he's given his chance to live out his dream when he is sent out in search of a magical black cauldron which can either be a powerful instrument of good or a bottomless fount of evil, depending entirely upon who should find it. However, Taran is not the only one in search of this talisman -- the Horned King voice of John Hurt wants the cauldron to shore up his sinister powers and raise an army of the dead, and with the help of the all-seeing pig Hen-Wren, the wicked one may make his hideous plans a reality. The Black Cauldron had the distinction of being the first animated feature from Disney to receive a PG rating from the MPAA, due to some frightening scenes of black magic.
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Special Features

New! The Witches' Challenge Game; New! Deleted Scene: The Fairfolk; "The Quest For Black Cauldron" Game; Short - "Trick Or Treat" Cartoon Starring Donald Duck and His 3 Nephews; Still Frame Gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
The Black Cauldron is an unusual film from Disney that was supposed to mark a new era for its animation division. Instead, it failed at the box office and Disney would not recover until The Little Mermaid in 1989. A departure from the company's usual tendency to cheer up mythical stories, The Black Cauldron is an appropriately dark adventure-fantasy that benefits from the absence of any superfluous songs. Produced with a cruder animation style during the studio's rocky times in the late '70s and early '80s (starting with The Aristocats), it still looks excellent, filmed in 70mm and employing some computer animation enhancement. The story was based on two books from Lloyd Alexander's children's novel series The Chronicles of Prydain. Providing a predictable tale, it bears similarities to the Star Wars saga as well as a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style ending. Perhaps due to the PG rating, surreal settings, and evil characters, The Black Cauldron was a huge commercial flop upon its theatrical release, but it remains notable as an uncommonly risky Disney animated feature.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • UPC: 786936765021
  • Original Release: 1985
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Anniversary Edition / Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 11,302

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grant Bardsley Voice Only
Susan Sheridan Voice Only
Freddie Jones Voice Only
Nigel Hawthorne Voice Only
Arthur Malet Voice Only
John Byner Gurgi/Doli
John Hurt Voice Only
Lindsay Rich Voice Only
Brandon Call Voice Only
Gregory Levinson Voice Only
Adele Malis-Morey Voice Only
Billie Hayes Voice Only
Phil Fondacaro Voice Only
Wayne Allwine Voice Only
James Almanzar Voice Only
Steve Hale Voice Only
John Huston Voice Only
Jack Laing Voice Only
Eda Reiss Merin Voice Only
Phil Nibbelink Voice Only
Pete Renaday Voice Only
Technical Credits
Ted Berman Director, Screenwriter
Richard Rich Director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Viki Anderson Animator
Ruben A. Aquino Animator
Dale Baer Animator
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
David Block Animator
Sandra Borgmeyer Animator
Hendel Butoy Animator
Jesse Cosio Animator
Andreas Deja Animator
Roy Edward Disney Screenwriter
Charlie Downs Animator
Tom Ferriter Animator
Mike Gabriel Animator
Vance Gerry Screenwriter
Steven E. Gordon Animator
Joe Hale Producer, Screenwriter
Rich Hale Screenwriter
Bob Hathaway Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Henn Animator
Ron Huband Animator
Armetta Jackson Editor
David Jonas Screenwriter
Shawn Keller Animator
Jim Koford Editor
Doug Krohn Animator
James Melton Editor
Ron Miller Producer
Roy Morita Screenwriter
Phil Nibbelink Animator
David Pacheco Animator
Ruben Procopio Animator
George Scribner Animator
Rosemary Anne Sisson Screenwriter
Alt Stanchfield Animator
Art Stevens Screenwriter
Barry Temple Animator
Al Wilson Screenwriter
Cyndee Witney Animator
Pete Young Screenwriter
Phillip Young Animator
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Black Cauldron
1. Legend of the Cauldron/Main Titles [:00]
2. The Dreamer [:00]
3. Hen Wen's Vision [:00]
4. The Great Horned King [:02]
5. An Introduction To Gurgi [:00]
6. Hen Wen Is Captured [:00]
7. The Horned King's Demand [1:22]
8. Princess Eilonwy [2:59]
9. The Escape [2:57]
10. Gurgi's Return [5:10]
11. King Eidilleg and The Fair Folk [4:01]
12. A Trade With The Witches Of Morva [5:06]
13. The Power of The Black Cauldron [6:15]
14. Reversing The Spell [9:22]
15. Another Bargain [4:08]
16. End Credits [1:50]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Black Cauldron
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Bonus Features
      Backstage Disney
         Deleted Scene: The Fairfolk
         Still Frame Gallery
            Enter Gallery
               Visual Development
               Behind The Scenes
               Layouts and Backgrounds
               Promotion
               Character Development
               Voice Talent
               Tokyo Disneyland
         Games & Activities: Quest For The Black Cauldron
         The Witches' Challenge
         Bonus Short Trick Or Treat
         Dyland & Cole Sprouse: Blu-ray Is Suite!
         Learn How To Make Your Favorite Movies On The Go
   Set Up
      Audio Options
         English
         Français
         Español
      Subtitles
         English For The Hearing Impaired
         Français
         Español
         Subtitles: None
      Register Your DVD
   Sneak Peeks
   Disney's Fast Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Well, you really need to read the books instead...

    The movie is cute, but it has the same problem that all the other Disney movies have, THEY COMPLETELY CHANGE THE PLOT!!! I think if I hadn't read the books I would have liked the movie a lot more, because it is kind of cute, but has none of the intensity or character developement that Lloyd Alexander had in his books. Obviously. And what was with Eilonwy not having RED hair?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the worst adaptation ever

    The books are wonderful. If you liked the books, don't ever force yourself to watch this waste of time. Even as its own movie, it's bad quality. The characters are completely undeveloped and stupid, it mocks mythology, and I have no idea how Lloyd Alexander could refrain from sueing them for ruining his books so badly. I was apprehensive before watching it, and am considering throwing the video out instead of returning it to the library.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Noted for art over story.

    I've yet to read the books this movie was based on, but from an art perspective, The Black Cauldron was pretty cool. Though it's got some pretty spooky stuff, I think I saw a Halloween short that Disney made in the 70s that had these crazy images of Satan and flaming women dancing naked. So if you can sit through the ok plot, not wet your pants from all the gruesome stuff, and still appreciate the fascinating work done on the background art, spend your lonesome Saturday night with The Black Cauldron.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's Awfull!

    If you liked the Prydian Chronicles book series, you.........ARE GOING TO HATE THIS! I know I did. Disney took all three books mashed them together and changed everything but the names. It really is the worst movie I ever saw. Now maybe I'm a little biased because of my love for the series. But even looking at it from another stand point it's still really awfull and contains frightening images that would give a young child nightmares.

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