The Black Cauldron

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; "Quest for the Black Cauldron" destination game; "Trick or Treat" cartoon starring Donald Duck; 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: 10/3/2000
  • UPC: 717951008589
  • Original Release: 1985
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:20:00
  • Format: DVD

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
John Emerson Production Designer
Tom Ferriter Animator
Mike Gabriel Animator
Vance Gerry Screenwriter
Steven E. Gordon Animator
Don Hahn Production Designer
Joe Hale Producer, Screenwriter
Rich Hale Screenwriter
Bob Hathaway Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Henn Animator
Ron Huband Animator
Armetta Jackson Editor
David Jonas Screenwriter
Lisa Keene Production Designer
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
Donald A. Towns Production Designer
Al Wilson Screenwriter
Cyndee Witney Animator
Phillip Young Animator
Pete Young Screenwriter
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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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selection
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
         Spanish
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Captions: None
   Bonus Material
      "Quest For the Black Cauldron" Game
      "Trick Or Treat" Cartoon
      Still Frame Gallery
         Visual Development
            Film Facts
         Behind the Scenes
            Film Facts
         Layouts and Backgrounds
         Promotion
            Film Facts
         Character Development
            Film Facts
         Voice Talent
            Film Facts
         Tokyo Disneyland
            Intro
      Theatrical Trailer
   Sneak Peeks
      Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins
      Toy Story 2
      Fantasia 2000
      Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure
   Play
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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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