Black Cauldron

Black Cauldron

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Director: Ted Berman, Richard Rich

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

     
 

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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… See more details below

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.

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:
09/14/2010
UPC:
0786936765021
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:20:00
Sales rank:
2,627

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

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

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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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