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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 »
Plot:
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

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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)
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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 
 
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)
Randy Paton .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Dale Alexander .... art props
Tim Burton .... conceptual artist (uncredited)
Peter Young .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Wayne Allwine .... sound effects
Nick Alphin .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Hathaway .... sound supervisor (as Bob Hathaway)
Paul Holzborn .... sound effects
Armetta Jackson-Hamlett .... sound effects editor (as Armetta Jackson)
James Koford .... sound effects editor (as Jim Koford)
Tomas Krantz .... adr editor (Swedish version)
Michael L. McDonough .... sound effects designer (as Mike McDonough)
James Melton .... sound effects editor
Richard Portman .... sound re-recording mixer
Frank Regula .... sound re-recording mixer (as Frank C. Regula)
Allen Hurd .... sound (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Vicki Banks .... effects inbetween artist
Esther Barr .... effects inbetween artist
Christine Blum .... effects breakdown artist (as Christine Harding)
Dave Bossert .... effects inbetween artist
Glenn Chaika .... effects animator
Ed Coffey .... effects breakdown artist
Barry Cook .... effects animator
Mark Dindal .... special effects animator
Gail Frank .... assistant effects animator (as Gail Finkeldei)
Bernie Gagliano .... effects photo transfer
Allen Gonzales .... effects animator
Peter Gullerud .... effects breakdown artist
Jeff Howard .... effects animator
Tom Hush .... assistant effects animator
Ted Kierscey .... effects animator
Bill Kilduff .... special photographic effects
Kim Knowlton .... effects animator (as Kimberly Knowlton)
Joe Lanzisero .... assistant effects animator
Phil Meador .... special photographic effects (as Philip Meador)
Rolando Mercado .... assistant effects animator
Ron Osenbaugh .... special photographic effects
Don Paul .... effects animator
Patricia Peraza .... effects animator
Scott Santoro .... visual effects animator
Steve Starr .... assistant effects animator
Gary Trousdale .... effects inbetween artist
John Tucker .... assistant effects animator
Bruce Woodside .... effects animator
Kelvin Yasuda .... effects animator
Lem Davis .... CGI animator (uncredited)
Dorse A. Lanpher .... assistant effects animator (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)
Chuck Warren .... assistant animation camera (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Sue Adnopoz .... breakdown artist
Kurt Anderson .... assistant layout artist
Viki Anderson .... animator
Tony Anselmo .... assistant animator
Ruben A. Aquino .... animator (as Ruben Aquino)
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 .... animator
Sandra Borgmeyer .... animator
Don Bourland .... scene planner
Dave Brain .... additional animator
Bill Brazner .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Kristine Brown .... xerox checker/inker
Janet Bruce .... animation checker
Ben Burgess .... assistant animator
Hendel Butoy .... animator
Reed Cardwell .... assistant animator
Hortensia Casagran .... final checker
Wesley Chun .... key clean-up artist
Brian Clift .... assistant animator
Jill Colbert .... additional animator
Jim Coleman .... color stylist (as James Coleman)
Karen Comella .... painter
Jesus Cortes .... assistant animator
Jesse Cosio .... animator
Penny Coulter .... painter (as Penny Campsie)
Retta Davidson .... key clean-up artist
Anthony de Rosa .... breakdown artist (as Anthony DeRosa)
Barbara De Rosa .... breakdown artist (as Barbara DeRosa)
Andreas Deja .... animator: "Gurgi"
Andreas Deja .... character designer
Sue DiCicco .... additional animator
Chuck Downs .... animator (as Charlie Downs)
Dave Dunnet .... assistant layout artist (as David Dunnet)
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 .... animator
Tom Ferriter .... key clean-up artist
Denise Ford .... breakdown artist
William H. Frake III .... layout artist (as William Frake III)
Frank Frezzo .... assistant layout artist
June Fujimoto .... assistant animator
Mike Gabriel .... animator
Jean Pierre Gagnon .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Edward Goral .... breakdown artist
Steven E. Gordon .... animator (as Steven Gordon)
Don Griffith .... layout artist
Carol Holman Grosvenor .... assistant layout artist
Tina Grusd .... breakdown artist
Terrey Hamada .... assistant animator
Dan Hansen .... layout artist
Ray Harris .... assistant animator
Terence Harrison .... animator (as Terry Harrison)
Mark Henn .... animator
Steve Hickner .... inbetween artist (as Stephen Hickner)
Mike Hodgson .... layout stylist
Richard Hoppe .... additional animator
Michael Horowitz .... inbetween artist
Pixote Hunt .... additional animator (as Maurice Hunt)
Ron Husband .... animator
Jay Jackson .... animator
David Jonas .... character designer
Debra Jorgensborg .... color model artist (as Debbie Jorgensborg)
Darlene Kanagy .... key xerox checker
Glen Keane .... character designer: "Gurgi" and "Eilonwy"
Lisa Keene .... background artist
Karen A. Keller .... assistant layout artist (as Karen Keller)
Shawn Keller .... 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 .... animator
Eileen Lambert .... inbetween artist
Eric Larson .... animation consultant
Brian LeGrady .... scene planner
Christine Liffers .... breakdown artist
Ann Lord .... color model artist (as Ann Paeff)
Kaaren Lundeen .... breakdown artist (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 .... additional animator
Mike McKinney .... assistant animator (as Michael McKinney)
Cherie Miller .... key xerox checker
Fujiko Miller .... key clean-up artist
Bob Mills .... scene planner
Rob Minkoff .... inbetween artist (as Robert Minkoff)
Jim Mitchell .... assistant animator
Brett Newton .... assistant animator (as Brett A. Newton)
Phil Nibbelink .... animator
Phil Nibbelink .... character designer
Margaret Nichols .... key clean-up artist (as M. Flores Nichols)
Ray Owens .... paint lab
Karen S. Paat .... animation checker (as Karen Paat)
Dave Pacheco .... animator (as David Pacheco)
Gilda Palinginis .... assistant animator
Elyse Pastel .... breakdown artist
Andrew Phillipson .... background artist
Philip Phillipson .... assistant animator (as Phil Phillipson)
Michael G. Ploog .... character designer (as Mike Ploog)
Lisa Poitevint .... animation checker
Robin Police .... final checker
Tina Price .... clean-up artist
Ruben Procopio .... animator
David Pruiksma .... assistant animator
Dodie Roberts .... paint lab
Robyn Roberts .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Sylvia Roemer .... color model 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 .... key 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 (as Russ Stoll)
Brigitte Strother .... color model artist
Dave Suding .... key clean-up artist
George D. Sukara .... assistant animator (as George Sukara)
Richard Sullivan .... scene planner (as Rick Sullivan)
Louis Tate .... breakdown artist
Barry Temple .... animator
Bette Isis Thomson .... key clean-up artist (as Isis Thomson)
Dave Thomson .... scene planner
Peggy Tonkonogy .... breakdown artist
Alex Topete .... inbetween artist
Donald Towns .... background artist
Margaret Trinidade .... key xerox checker
Jane Tucker .... breakdown artist
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 .... key clean-up artist
Al Wilson .... character designer
Bert Wilson .... xerox/animation photo transfer
Kevin Wurzer .... additional animator
Phillip Young .... animator
Cathy Zar .... blue sketch artist
Kathy Zielinski .... additional animator
Stephan Zupkas .... breakdown artist
Debra Armstrong .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Chris Buck .... animator (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen .... cel painter (uncredited)
Daryl Carstensen .... xerox checker (uncredited)
Randy Cartwright .... animator (uncredited)
Michael Cedeno .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Will Finn .... inbetween artist (uncredited)
Michael Giaimo .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Ed Gombert .... animator (uncredited)
Leslie Gorin .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Stan Green .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Chuck Harvey .... animator (uncredited)
Dan Haskett .... animator (uncredited)
Milt Kahl .... character designer (uncredited)
Madlyn O'Neill .... painter (uncredited)
Jerry Rees .... animator (uncredited)
Lenord Robinson .... assistant animator (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Peter Bernstein .... orchestrator
Norman Corey .... music preparation
Kathy Durning .... music editor
Regnal Hall .... music contractor
Jay Lawton .... music supervisor
Shawn Murphy .... music scoring mixer
Jack Wadsworth .... supervising music editor
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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MPAA:
Rated PG for some scary images
Runtime:
80 min
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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) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-10 | France:U | 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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This was the first (and last) movie since The Jungle Book (1967) where the old multi-plane cameras were brought briefly out of retirement (with a few improvements this time). New technologies such as computer-generated imagery now available to all studios have made multi-plane photography obsolete.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: As Creeper prepares the Horned King's drink, the goblet changes colors between shots.See more »
Quotes:
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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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20 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Ambitious and different!, 27 May 2000
Author: gurgi4 from Kansas

I must say first that my opinion on this film is slightly biased. I was one of the handful of people to have seen this film on its initial theatrical run. I was also 11 and a boy (a target audience of this film). I owned the Gurgi and Hen Wen plushes, got excited by the preview on the "Pinocchio" video, etc.,etc.

After seeing the movie, I remember being entertained (maybe not enthralled) by the film and was saddened by Gurgi's sacrifice at the end.

Years passed. And passed. And passed. And people seemed to have forgotten "Black Cauldron" in the wake of "Little Mermaid" and her successors.

I must admit that I became somewhat obsessed with finding out why Disney thought of the film so poorly and why everyone gave me "blank stares" when I mentioned it. To say the least, I longed for a video release of the film.

A year or two ago, I got my wish, and now that I'm older and "wiser" I'm able to make a better judgement of the film. Is it Disney's worst film ever? Absolutely not. "Black Cauldron" is probably the finest animated film of the 1980's ("Little Mermaid" not withstanding). It IS a scary film for young kids (hence the PG rating) but I think audiences today are able to deal with that more than they were back in 1985 (just look at "Dinosaur," "Road to El Dorado," and the upcoming "Titan AE" which are all rated PG). The story may not be up to Disney standards, but for a film of its genre (i.e fantasy) it has a very compelling and understandable story. The animation has its highs and lows. But this film was made by a large number of people over a long period of time, so it is inevitable that there should be some fluctuation in quality.

Lastly, I too have read Lloyd Alexander's books, and I too adore them. No, Disney's film does not even begin to compare to the books, but what movie does?

On its own terms, "Black Cauldron" stands as a remarkable achievement in animation, and a film for those people who don't just think cartoons are "babysitters for kids."

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