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Writers:
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Release Date:
24 July 1985 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Seven years in the making - In the celebrated Disney tradition comes our 25th animated motion picture. See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Grant Bardsley ... Taran (voice)
Susan Sheridan ... Eilonwy (voice)

Freddie Jones ... Dallben (voice)

Nigel Hawthorne ... Fflewddur Fflam (voice)

Arthur Malet ... King Eidilleg (voice)

John Byner ... Gurgi / Doli (voice)
Lindsay Rich ... Fairfolk (voice)

Brandon Call ... Fairfolk (voice)
Gregory Levinson ... Fairfolk (voice)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Orddu (voice)
Adele Malis-Morey ... Orwen (voice)
Billie Hayes ... Orgoch (voice)

Phil Fondacaro ... Creeper / Henchman (voice)
Peter Renaday ... Henchman (voice)
James Almanzar ... Henchman (voice)

Wayne Allwine ... Henchman (voice)
Steve Hale ... Henchman (voice)
Phil Nibbelink ... Henchman (voice)
Jack Laing ... Henchman (voice)

John Hurt ... The Horned King (voice)

John Huston ... Prologue Narrator (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Harvey ... Faire Folk (uncredited)

Directed by
Ted Berman 
Richard Rich 
 
Writing credits
Lloyd Alexander (novel series "The Chronicles of Prydain")

David Jonas (story) and
Vance Gerry (story) and
Ted Berman (story) and
Richard Rich (story) and
Al Wilson (story) and
Roy Morita (story) and
Peter Young (story) and
Art Stevens (story) and
Joe Hale (story)

Rosemary Anne Sisson (additional dialogue) and
Roy Edward Disney (additional dialogue)

Tony Marino (additional story contributions) and
Steve Hulett (additional story contributions) and
Mel Shaw (additional story contributions) (as Melvin Shaw) and
Burny Mattinson (additional story contributions) and
John Musker (additional story contributions) and
Ron Clements (additional story contributions) and
Doug Lefler (additional story contributions)

Produced by
Joe Hale .... producer
Ron Miller .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Film Editing by
Armetta Jackson-Hamlett  (as Armetta Jackson)
James Koford  (as Jim Koford)
James Melton 
 
Art Direction by
Don Griffith (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Don Hahn .... production manager
Edward Hansen .... executive in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark A. Hester .... assistant director (as Mark Hester)
Terry L. Noss .... assistant director (as Terry Noss)
Tim O'Donnell .... assistant director (as Timothy O'Donnell)
Randy Paton .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dale Alexander .... art props
John Alvin .... poster artist
Tim Burton .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Rick Law .... video: illustrator (uncredited)
Michael Peraza Jr. .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Peter Young .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound editor
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
Paul Holzborn .... sound effects
Tomas Krantz .... adr editor (Swedish version)
Michael L. McDonough .... sound effects designer (as Mike McDonough)
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Beth Bergeron .... adr editor (uncredited)
George Fredrick .... sound editor (uncredited)
David M. Horton .... sound editor (uncredited)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
Al Maguire .... adr editor (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley mixer (uncredited)
George Probert .... sound editor (uncredited)
John Roesch .... foley artist (uncredited)
Roger Sword .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Vicki Banks .... effects inbetween artist
Esther Barr .... effects inbetween artist
Christine Blum .... effects breakdown artist (as Christine Harding)
Jack Boyd .... effects animator
Glenn Chaika .... effects animator
Ed Coffey .... effects breakdown artist
Barry Cook .... effects animator
Mark Dindal .... effects animator
Gail Frank .... effects assistant animator (as Gail Finkeldei)
Bernie Gagliano .... effects photo transfer
Allen Gonzales .... effects animator
Peter Gullerud .... effects breakdown artist
Jeff Howard .... effects animator
Tom Hush .... effects assistant animator
Ted Kierscey .... effects animator
Bill Kilduff .... special photographic effects
Kim Knowlton .... effects animator (as Kimberly Knowlton)
Joe Lanzisero .... effects assistant animator
Phil Meador .... special photographic effects (as Philip Meador)
Rolando Mercado .... effects assistant animator
Ron Osenbaugh .... special photographic effects
Don Paul .... effects animator
Patricia Peraza .... effects animator
Scott Santoro .... visual effects animator
Steve Starr .... effects assistant animator
Gary Trousdale .... effects inbetween artist
John Tucker .... effects assistant animator
Bruce Woodside .... effects animator
Kelvin Yasuda .... effects animator
Lem Davis .... CGI animator (uncredited)
John Emerson .... airbrush artist (uncredited)
Richard Mosier .... motion control photography (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Aardal .... animation camera
Peter Anderson .... animation camera supervisor
Errol Aubry .... animation camera
Ed Austin .... animation camera
Daniel Bunn .... animation camera (as Dan Bunn)
James Catania .... animation camera
Steve Hale .... animation camera
Roy Harris .... animation camera
Brandy Hill .... animation camera (as Brandy Whittington)
Brian Holechek .... animation camera
Jere Kepenek .... animation camera
Kieran Mulgrew .... animation camera
Jim Pickel .... animation camera
Dave Spencer .... still photographer
Rick Taylor .... animation camera
Frank Tompkins .... animation camera
Neil Viker .... animation camera (as Niel Viker)
Paul Wainess .... animation camera
Rob Maine .... animation camera (uncredited)
Peter McEvoy .... animation camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Sue Adnopoz .... breakdown artist
Kurt Anderson .... assistant layout artist
Viki Anderson .... character animator
Tony Anselmo .... assistant animator
Ruben A. Aquino .... character animator
Kelly Asbury .... inbetween artist
Dale Baer .... animator
Jane Baer .... assistant animator
Dorothea Baker .... assistant animator (as Dorthea Baker)
Wilma Baker .... final checker
Philo Barnhart .... assistant animator
Bill Berg .... assistant animator
David Block .... character animator
Sandra Borgmeyer .... animator
Don Bourland .... scene planner
Dave Brain .... additional animator
Bill Brazner .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Janet Bruce .... animation checker
Chris Buck .... animator
Ben Burgess .... assistant animator
Hendel Butoy .... animator
Reed Cardwell .... assistant animator
Randy Cartwright .... character animator
Hortensia Casagran .... final checker
Wesley Chun .... key clean-up artist
Brian Clift .... assistant animator
Jill Colbert .... additional animator
Jim Coleman .... color stylist
Karen Comella .... painter
Jesus Cortes .... assistant animator
Jesse Cosio .... animator
Penny Coulter .... painter (as Penny Campsie)
Susan I. Craig .... assistant animator
Retta Davidson .... coordinating animator
Anthony de Rosa .... breakdown artist (as Anthony DeRosa)
Barbara De Rosa .... breakdown artist (as Barbara DeRosa)
Andreas Deja .... supervising animator: "Dallben", "Horned King" and "Fair Folk"
Sue DiCicco .... additional animator
Chuck Downs .... animator (as Charlie Downs)
Dave Dunnet .... assistant layout artist (as David Dunnet)
Gary Eggleston .... layout artist (as Gary M. Eggleston)
John Emerson .... background artist
Dede Faber .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Becky Fallberg .... ink and paint manager
Rick Farmiloe .... assistant animator
Maria Fenyvesi .... key xerox checker
Tom Ferriter .... coordinating animator
Denise Ford .... breakdown artist
William H. Frake III .... layout artist (as William Frake III)
Gail Frank .... assistant animator (as Gail Finkeldei)
Frank Frezzo .... assistant layout artist
June Fujimoto .... assistant animator
Mike Gabriel .... character animator
Jean Pierre Gagnon .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Ed Gombert .... character animator
Edward Goral .... breakdown artist
Steven E. Gordon .... animator (as Steven Gordon)
Don Griffith .... layout artist
Carol Holman Grosvenor .... assistant layout artist
Terrey Hamada .... assistant animator
Dan Hansen .... layout artist
Ray Harris .... assistant animator
Terence Harrison .... character animator (as Terry Harrison)
Mark Henn .... supervising animator
Steve Hickner .... inbetween artist (as Stephen Hickner)
Glenn M. Higa .... scene planner (as Glenn Higa)
Mike Hodgson .... layout stylist
Richard Hoppe .... assistant animator
Michael Horowitz .... inbetween artist
Pixote Hunt .... additional animator (as Maurice Hunt)
Ron Husband .... character animator
Jay Jackson .... character animator
David Jonas .... character designer
Debra Jorgensborg .... color model artist (as Debbie Jorgensborg)
Darlene Kanagy .... key xerox checker
Glen Keane .... supervising animator: "Eilonwy" and "Gurgi"
Lisa Keene .... background artist
Karen A. Keller .... layout artist (as Karen Keller)
Shawn Keller .... character animator
Lureline Kohler .... key clean-up artist (as Lureline Weatherly)
Marty Korth .... key clean-up artist (as Martin Korth)
Mona Koth .... inbetween artist (as Mona Hosbjor)
Raffi Koumashian .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Tia W. Kratter .... background artist (as Tia Kratter)
Doug Krohn .... character animator
Eileen Lambert .... inbetween artist
Joe Lanzisero .... assistant animator
Eric Larson .... animation consultant
John Lasseter .... character animator
Brian LeGrady .... scene planner
Christine Liffers .... breakdown artist
Ann Lord .... color model artist (as Ann Paeff)
Kaaren Lundeen .... assistant animator (as Kaaren Spooner)
Jeffrey Lynch .... assistant animator (as Jeffery Lynch)
Ginni Mack .... painter
Mauro Maressa .... assistant animator
Greg Martin .... assistant layout artist
Gretchen Maschmeyer Albrecht .... painter (as Gretchen Albrecht)
Sylvia Mattinson .... animator
Mike McKinney .... assistant animator (as Michael G. McKinney)
Cherie Miller .... key xerox checker
Fujiko Miller .... key assistant animator
Bob Mills .... scene planner
Rob Minkoff .... inbetween artist (as Robert Minkoff)
Jim Mitchell .... assistant animator
Brett D. Newton .... assistant animator (as Brett Newton)
Phil Nibbelink .... character animator
Margaret Nichols .... key clean-up artist (as M. Flores Nichols)
Matthew O'Callaghan .... assistant animator
Ray Owens .... paint lab
Karen S. Paat .... animation checker (as Karen Paat)
Dave Pacheco .... assistant animator (as David Pacheco)
Gilda Palinginis .... assistant animator
Elyse Pastel .... breakdown artist
Michael Peraza Jr. .... layout artist
Andrew Phillipson .... background artist
Philip Phillipson .... background artist (as Phil Phillipson)
Michael G. Ploog .... character designer (as Mike Ploog)
Lisa Poitevint .... animation checker
Robin Police .... final checker
Tina Price .... breakdown artist (as Tina Grusd)
Ruben Procopio .... animator
David Pruiksma .... assistant animator
Dodie Roberts .... paint lab
Robyn Roberts .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Sylvia Roemer .... layout artist
Maria Rosetti .... breakdown artist (as Maria Ramocki-Rosetti)
Carmen Sanderson .... xerox/animation photo transfer
George Scribner .... animator
Brian Sebern .... background artist
Natasha Selfridge .... assistant animator
Mavis Shafer .... animation checker
Toby Shelton .... assistant animator
Walt Stanchfield .... coordinating animator
Betty Stark .... paint lab
David Stephan .... assistant animator
Roxy Steven .... blue sketch artist (as Roxy Novotny Steven)
Jill Stirdivant .... animation checker
Rusty Stoll .... assistant animator
Brigitte Strother .... color modeler
Dave Suding .... key clean-up artist
George D. Sukara .... assistant animator (as George Sukara)
Richard Sullivan .... scene planner (as Rick Sullivan)
Kathleen Swain .... background artist
Louis Tate .... breakdown artist
Barry Temple .... character animator
Bette Isis Thomson .... key clean-up artist (as Isis Thomson)
Dave Thomson .... scene planner
Peggy Tonkonogy .... assistant animator
Alex Topete .... inbetween artist
Donald Towns .... background artist (as Donald A. Towns)
Margaret Trinidade .... key xerox checker
Jane Tucker .... assistant animator
Michelle Urbano .... cel painter
Guy Vasilovich .... layout artist
Glenn V. Vilppu .... layout artist (as Glenn Vilppu)
Tatsuko Watanabe .... key xerox checker (as Tatsuko Deramirez)
Larry White .... assistant animator
Cyndee Whitney .... animator
Chuck Williams .... coordinating animator
Al Wilson .... character designer
Bert Wilson .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Kevin Wurzer .... additional animator
Phillip Young .... character animator (as Phil Young)
Cathy Zar .... blue sketch artist
Kathy Zielinski .... animator
Stephan Zupkas .... assistant animator
Daryl Carstensen .... cel painter (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen .... xerox checker (uncredited)
Ed Ghertner .... assistant layout artist (uncredited)
Michael Giaimo .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Milt Kahl .... character designer (uncredited)
Madlyn O'Neill .... painter (uncredited)
Lenord Robinson .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Frans Vischer .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Phil Hetos .... color timer (uncredited)
Scot Scalise .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Elmer Bernstein .... conductor
Elmer Bernstein .... orchestrator
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Bob Bornstein .... music preparation
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist
Elin Carlson .... chorus
Norman Corey .... music preparation
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
George Doering .... musician
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Mark Graham .... music copyist
Regnal Hall .... music contractor
Jay Lawton .... music supervisor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Patrick Russ .... orchestrator
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Jack Wadsworth .... supervising music editor
Joe Zimmerman .... music preparation
John Beal .... composer: trailer (uncredited)
Marc Bonilla .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Alexander Courage .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonard A. Engel .... supervising music editor (uncredited)
Cynthia Millar .... musician: ondes martinot solo (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ron Clements .... additional story contributions
Lorraine Davis .... production secretary
Roy Edward Disney .... additional dialogue
Dennis Edwards .... production coordinator
Ed Garbert .... title graphics
Howard Green .... publicist (as Howard E. Green)
Steve Hulett .... additional story contributions
David Jonas .... title designer: end titles
Doug Lefler .... additional story contributions
Phyllis Losie .... administrative office staff
Tony Marino .... additional story contributions
Burny Mattinson .... additional story contributions
Joe Morris .... production coordinator (as Joseph Morris)
John Musker .... additional story contributions
Joanne Phillips .... administrative supervisor
Ron Rocha .... production coordinator (as Ronald Rocha)
Charlene Rogers .... production secretary
Mel Shaw .... additional story contributions (as Melvin Shaw)
Rosemary Anne Sisson .... additional dialogue
Susan Vessiny .... administrative office staff
Craig Miller .... marketing consultant (uncredited)
 

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Also Known As:
"Cauldron" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
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MPAA:
Rated PG for some scary images
Runtime:
80 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (DVD rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:G (Nova Scotia/Quebec) | Canada:F (Ontario) | Finland:K-10 | France:Tous publics | Netherlands:AL | Netherlands:6 (2010) (special edition DVD) | Peru:PT | Portugal:M/6 | South Korea:All | Sweden:7 | UK:U | USA:PG | West Germany:6 (w)

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The same geese that were seen in the beginning of the movie are the same as the two geese seen in the Artisocats.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the swamps of Morva, Fflewddur Fflam is talking to Doli, who is sitting on his hat. On the first full shot of Fflewddur, Doli is not visible, although Fflewddur is clearly looking up at him. The next shot is a close-up of the hat, with Doli on it, then back to a full shot without Doli.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...
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18 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Shambolic film still worth seeing, 26 March 2006
Author: beatlesguru1 from New Orleans, United States

"The Black Cauldron" provides us with "Exhibit A" of the disorganized nature of the Disney organization from the mid-1970s through the mid-80s. The company's feature films were attracting smaller and smaller audiences, and no real creative force had emerged since Walt Disney's death in 1966. By the mid- to late-70s, it was clear that new ideas needed to be tried. The phenomenal success of "Star Wars" appeared to offer a sure-fire way to box-office success: sci-fi/fantasy movies. At the same time, Disney Studio's full-length animated features continued their descent from the heights scaled in 1959's "Sleeping Beauty", at first downscaling the subject matter, then progressing to less and less impressive animation, and finally combining the first two trends with boring storytelling (see "The Fox and the Hound" - 1981).

It was in this context that pre-production began on "The Black Cauldron" in the late 1970s. From an artistic standpoint, its goals were two-fold. First, the film was to recapture the lead in animation quality that Disney had traditionally held, while the second goal was to incorporate the advances in animation and subject matter made in the 1970s (i.e., playing "catch up"). Some early decisions were good: the source material was top-notch. Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" are fantastic works of fantasy for the young adult - I loved them as a middle-schooler in the mid-80s, and the choice to film the story in 70mm widescreen harkened back to the glory days of "Sleeping Beauty." Unfortunately, not much else worked. The studio's writers did a terrible job of condensing the first two books of Alexander's series, and we end up caring little for the characters that emerge, or for the plot as it unfolds. Also, the movie's tone is uneven. Overall, the work is very dark and un-Disney, which would've been fine had it been executed better. Further, the grimness of the plot doesn't mesh with occasionally clumsy and earthy attempts at humor, and the character animation fluctuates between sober naturalism and exaggerated, cartoonish mannerisms (stretching ears, gaping mouths, etc.) Still, some of the shots are stunning and rank among the best in the history of hand-drawn animation (e.g., multiplaned exterior shot of the Horned King's castle, beautiful backgrounds within the same, Hen-Wen's capture by the Horned King's creatures). The result of this mish-mash was a box-office flop ($25 million to make, $5 million in ticket sales upon its 1985 release).

In short, see this film for its often-impressive animation and intermittent charm. Be sure to get the newly-available widescreen version on DVD. Bemoan the end of the era of stunning hand-drawn animation (Disney has closed up its shop; "Home on the Range" was its penultimate hand-drawn feature). Don't expect a classic, but appreciate the vision of its artistry - even if the final product didn't quite mesh satisfactorily. "The Black Cauldron" is a noble failure.

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