With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country.
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
This is the fourth Walt Disney Animation Studios film to not be a musical of characters breaking into songs 3 or more times at random moments after Bambi (1942) (which only had songs sung in the background), One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961) (which was simply a music-musical), and The Rescuers (1977). See more »
When Taran, Eilonwy and Fflam arrive at the Witches house, the Witches are clearly shown turning them into Frogs, and then back into humans. They then negotiate the exchange of Taran's Magic Sword for the Caldron. Why not just turn them into all Frogs again and simply take the Sword? That way they'd have both the Sword and Cauldron. See more »
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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There are no opening or cast and crew credits. See more »
Appalled by the film's darkness and graphic nature, and also concerned with its long length, Jeffrey Katzenberg requested that the film's release be delayed from its scheduled Christmas 1984 release to July 1985 so that the whole film could be reworked. The Black Cauldron was ultimately cut by twelve to fifteen minutes, all of which were fully animated and scored. As a result, some existing scenes were rewritten, reanimated, and reedited for continuity. Many of the cut scenes involved the undead "Cauldron Born", who are used as the Horned King's army in the final act of the film. While most of the scenes were seamlessly removed from the film, one particular cut involving a Cauldron Born warrior killing a person by decapitating his neck and another one killing another person by decapitating his torso created a rather recognizable lapse because the removal of the scene clumsily creates a jump in the film's soundtrack. Other deleted scenes include: many scenes of graphic violence such as the ones where Taran fights his way out of The Horned King's palace with the magic sword Dyrnwyn; shots of Princess Eilonwy wearing ripped garments, as she's hanging for her life with Taran and Fflewddur Fflam; whole sequences involving the world of the Fairfolk; scenes of the Horned King with a flowing cloak; one scene featuring one of the King's henchmen being mauled by one of the Cauldron Born warriors, which causes him to form horrifically detailed lacerations and boils, before he rots away to become one of the Cauldron Born warriors himself (a couple of animated cels of that particular scene can actually now be found on the Internet); and a more action-oriented, dramatic, and intense climatic fight scene between Taran and the Horned King before the latter is sucked into the Cauldron. See more »
I am sick of the marketing. I am sick of the lame musical numbers. I am sick of talking animals. I am QUITE sick of insulting cultural inaccuracies (think Pocahontas and Mulan). THE BLACK CAULDRON sticks out like a sore thumb in a crop of happy, whimsical garbage that has come out of the Disney studios in the last decade. I remember when a Disney film had real plot, real art, real characters, and this may have been the last of the bunch. In the pre -Eisner era, Disney films had some credibility. Its no wonder that it took so long for this one to make it to video. But I am rather pleased with it. --The SurgeBot
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