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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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Ted Berman, Richard Rich

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Lloyd Alexander (novel), David Jonas (story) | 17 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Bardsley Grant Bardsley ... Taran (voice)
Susan Sheridan 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 Lindsay Rich ... Fairfolk (voice)
Brandon Call ... Fairfolk (voice)
Gregory Levinson Gregory Levinson ... Fairfolk (voice)
Eda Reiss Merin Eda Reiss Merin ... Orddu (voice)
Adele Malis-Morey Adele Malis-Morey ... Orwen (voice)
Billie Hayes ... Orgoch (voice)
Phil Fondacaro ... Creeper / Henchman (voice)
Peter Renaday Peter Renaday ... Henchman (voice)
James Almanzar 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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Taglines:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some scary images | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Portuguese

Release Date:

24 July 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Taran and the Magic Cauldron See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$44,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,180,110, 28 July 1985

Gross USA:

$21,288,692
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Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints)| Dolby (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

There is an urban legend that, despite the movie's failure in the U.S., it was popular in Japan, so much so, that the creator of the Legend of Zelda series, Shigeru Miyamoto, based a lot of the game's elements on this movie. See more »

Goofs

Before the film was released, several scenes considered too "graphic" where cropped out of the film. One particular cut involving a Cauldron Born killing a person by slicing his neck and torso created a recognizable lapse due to the fact that the removal of the scene creates a jump in the film's soundtrack. See more »

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[first lines]
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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Alternate Versions

In the Latin Spanish dubbing some characters' names where adapted for the dubbing. Taran was "Taron", Eilonwy was "Elena", Fflewddur Fflam was "Fausto", King Eidilleg was "Rey Enrique" and The Horned King was "El Rey del Mal" (in English "The King of Evil"). See more »

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Coolest Disney cell-animated film ever.
21 July 2002 | by Nightmare1See all my reviews

Lately, Disney had seemed to take a bit of a plunge in its quality of its movies. (I'm not too fond of movies like Lion King or Little Mermaid, well until the Toy Story series, but that's another story.) I first heard of the Black Cauldron when my younger brother got this on a book and tape, and I found that I loved the story so much, I memorized the book and sometimes snagged it. When I heard it was coming out on video, I got really excited.

The Black Cauldron does have a deliciously "dark" theme to it, which makes it so much better than a normal Disney "light and happy" film, and the cast of characters is much better than usual. I especially like the Horned King, with his weird, Grim-Weeper sort of look. The story is of Taran, a young pigkeeper, who dreams of being Prydain's finest warrior. His pig, Hen Wen, has an ability to create visions, which is probably where the trouble starts.

The Horned King learns of Hen Wen's ability, and longs to use her to find the Black Cauldron. The Black Cauldron is an evil weapon made when "a wicked king so cruel and so evil that no prison could hold him, was thrown alive into a crucible of molten iron." The Black Cauldron can enable any man the power to rule the world--or destroy it. Go figure. No wonder it's so sought after.

I love the animation. I espescially love most of the scenes that show the Horned King's castle. They look so real, that you can't help believing it really exists. (Well, you probably know better, but hey.) And the scenes were the Horned King is working the Cauldron's magic is always worth a view. I also like many of the lines, like the Horned King's sarcasm. ("My, such a brave and handsome crew: a pigboy, a scullery maid, and a broken down minstrel.") One other bonus is none of those annoying, stupid songs that Disney has invented over the past ten years (With the exception of "Nightmare Before Christmas," which had some pretty cool hits.)

This movie is definately one of Disney's finest. Disney needs to do more films like this. I've heard that Tim Burton has helped animate this. I'm not really surprised. The movie has a touch of that "Nightmare" air to it, from the gothic scenes to the characters, which are just a tiny bit twisted. There is this one scene at the end where the Horned King actually looks a lot like Jack Skellington. (The Horned King is looking over a balcony, and for one brief second, you'll see the connection between the two characters.) I give this a perfect 10/10.


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