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The Black Cauldron (1985)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Family  |  24 July 1985 (USA)
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A young boy and a bunch of misfit friends embark on a quest to find a dark magic item of ultimate power before a diabolical tyrant can.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Bardsley ...
Taran (voice)
Susan Sheridan ...
Eilonwy (voice)
...
Dallben (voice)
...
Fflewddur Fflam (voice)
...
King Eidilleg (voice)
...
Gurgi / Doli (voice)
Lindsay Rich ...
Fairfolk (voice)
...
Fairfolk (voice)
Gregory Levinson ...
Fairfolk (voice)
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Orddu (voice)
Adele Malis-Morey ...
Orwen (voice)
Billie Hayes ...
Orgoch (voice)
...
Creeper / Henchman (voice)
Peter Renaday ...
Henchman (voice)
James Almanzar ...
Henchman (voice)
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Storyline

Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young man named Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen, a magical oracular pig, who knows the location of the mystical black cauldron. This is not an easy task, for The Evil Horned King will stop at nothing to get the cauldron. Written by Kelly

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king | cauldron | pig | princess | magic | See All (103) »

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Seven years in the making - In the celebrated Disney tradition comes our 25th animated motion picture. See more »


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Rated PG for some scary images | See all certifications »

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24 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Taran and the Magic Cauldron  »

Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,000,000 (USA)
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Trivia

According to former Disney animator Michael Peraza Jr., there were multiple openings that were conceptualized by different people. Peraza worked with art director Don Griffith and artist Vance Gerry on one version that showed the Horned King and his gang burning down a village. Sweeping flames were used as transitions between scenes of destruction. Mike Peraza and the artists wanted a contrast to the peace and quiet of Taran's farm life. See more »

Goofs

As the Horned King prepares to activate the Cauldron, he first pulls away the tarp over the cart of dead warriors. The next shot shows the Horned King already holding up one of the corpses over his head. See more »

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Narrator: Legend has it, in the mystic land of Prydain, there was once a king so cruel and so evil, that even the Gods feared him. Since no prison could hold him, he was thrown alive into a crucible of molten iron. There his demonic spirit was captured in the form of a great, black cauldron. For uncounted centuries, the black cauldron lay hidden, waiting, while evil men searched for it, knowing whoever possessed it would have the power to resurrect an army of deathless warriors... and with ...
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Featured in The Disney Family Album: Voice Actors (1985) See more »

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One of Disney's best and most underrated
12 May 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a grade A Disney animated film from the so-called Dark Ages of the studio and I feel that is an unfair label overall but is especially unfair when it comes to this film which is one of the studio's darkest and most enjoyable.

The plot concerns would-be warrior Taran who sets on a quest to stop the evil Horned Kig (voiced magnificently by John Hurt) from getting his hands on a mysterious object which could unleash all supernatural hell on Earth. Along the way, he acquires a traveling company that includes a beautiful princess, a bumbling minstrel and a cute creature named Gurgi.

The film has it all. The voice work is first rate with a cast including Nigel Hawthorne, John Byner, Phil Fondacaro, Arthur Malet, and Freddie Jones who all turn in good performances. Special mention needs to go to the narrator John Huston who's wondrous voice sets up the story quite well.

The animation is lush, the effects are impressive and a real sense of adventure is aroused. My only complaint would probably be the pace which is a little sluggish and the standard happy ending does seem a little forced in.

But those mere cracks are not enough to damage or destroy what is ultimately one of Disney's best. I certainly rank it in my top five and if you haven't seen it, check it out.


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