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The Black Cauldron (1985)

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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)
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Dallben (voice)
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Fflewddur Fflam (voice)
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King Eidilleg (voice)
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Gurgi / Doli (voice)
Lindsay Rich ...
Fairfolk (voice)
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Fairfolk (voice)
Gregory Levinson ...
Fairfolk (voice)
Eda Reiss Merin ...
Orddu (voice)
Adele Malis-Morey ...
Orwen (voice)
Billie Hayes ...
Orgoch (voice)
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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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cauldron | king | pig | magic | princess | See more »

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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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Release Date:

24 July 1985 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$21,000,000 (USA)
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2.20 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Burton, who worked as a conceptual artist on this film, wanted to incorporate minions of the Horned King that were akin to the "facehuggers" from the Alien (1979) movie series. Some samples of his work can be seen on Disney's 2000 DVD of this title. 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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Very Entertaining for Kids and Adults Alike
8 January 1999 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

I saw "The Black Cauldron" when it first came out. I was about six at the time, and ever since then, I had always wondered why I had never heard about it again. I only had vague memories about it, but I remembered enjoying it. I had heard somewhere that Disney was so ashamed of the film that they had promised never to release it. However, upon viewing it today, I have no idea what they were so ashamed of. The movie is very entertaining in its own way; yes, it's very dark, and maybe not appropriate for young children, but I enjoyed it. There is some excellent bits of animation in it, and it's a pleasure to see some vintage Disney before it started churning out the overblown, empty films it has made recently. The movie is able to keep a quick pace so that you never get bored. All in all, I would say that it is not one of Disney's best efforts, but it is certainly nothing to keep hidden away for 10+ years.


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