Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron

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Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich

Cast: Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan

     
 

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Disney's animated adventure The Black Cauldron comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed captioned.

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Disney's animated adventure The Black Cauldron comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials include a still frame gallery, a short cartoon with Donald Duck, and an interactive game called Quest of the Black Cauldron. This is a solid, entertaining disc that should please every member of the family.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/03/2000
UPC:
0717951008589
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Quest for the Black Cauldron" destination game; "Trick or Treat" cartoon starring Donald Duck; Still-frame gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Grant Bardsley Taran
Susan Sheridan Eilonwy
Fred Jones Dallben
Nigel Hawthorne Fflewddur
Arthur Malet King Eidilleg
John Byner Gurgi/Doli
John Hurt Horned King
Lindsay Rich Fairfolk
Brandon Call Fairfolk
Gregory Levinson Fairfolk
Adele Malis-Morey Orwen
Billie Hayes Orgoch
Phil Fondacaro Creeper
Wayne Allwine Henchman
James Almanzar Henchman
Steve Hale Henchman
John Huston Narrator
Jack Laing Henchman
Eda Reiss Merin Orddu
Phil Nibbelink Henchman
Pete Renaday Henchman

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
Michael 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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Legend of the Cauldron/ Main Title [1:21]
2. The Dreamer [1:21]
3. Hen Wen's Vision [1:21]
4. The Great Horned King [:31]
5. An Introduction to Gurgi [:31]
6. Hen Wen Is Captured [:31]
7. The Horned King's Demand [4:38]
8. Princess Eilonwy [3:00]
9. The Escape [1:49]
10. Gurgi's Return [3:43]
11. King Eidilleg and the Fair Folk [3:11]
12. A Trade with The Witches of Morva [7:46]
13. The Power of the Black Cauldron [4:07]
14. Reversing the Spell [7:44]
15. Another Bargain [4:31]
16. End Credits [6:13]

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The Black Cauldron 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.