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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)
... 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)
... 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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Magic twelve years in the making. Magic that will live forever. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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  »

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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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(70 mm prints)| (35 mm prints)

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(Technicolor)

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2.39 : 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 film franchise. Some samples of his work can be seen on Disney's 2000 DVD of this title. See more »

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As Creeper prepares the Horned King's drink, the goblet changes colors between shots. 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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A Disney Departure
24 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

"The Black Cauldron" is not a typical Disney animated feature. For one thing, it's not a G-rated musical. In fact, it was the first-ever Disney feature to receive a PG rating. The story comes from the works of Lloyd Alexander, in the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien. In it, Taran, a young pig-keeper must protect Henwen, a prophetic pig who can divine the whereabouts of a powerful weapon known as the Black Cauldron. The demonic Horned King is after this bastion of black magic to create an invincible army of the undead. This movie boasts impressive art shot in 70mm widescreen format, art which includes the contributions of a young Tim Burton. Sadly, this feature did poorly in theaters, possibly being too frightening, or going over the heads of Disney's usual target audience. Just the same, "The Black Cauldron" deserves a good look!


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