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The Black Cauldron

The story of a young pig-keeper called Taran, who lives in the mystical land of Prydain. He finds himself in a race against time to rescue Hen Wen, his clairvoyant pig, from the Horned King's castle, and to be the first to find the mysterious Black Cauldron. If the Horned King were to find it first it would unleash his power and enable him to take over the world.

Taran is helped by a young princess, a little creature called Gurgi, a magic sword and Hen Wen. They find the Black Cauldron, but before they are able to destroy it, the Horned King takes it and starts to unleash it's power of producing deathless warriors.

As Gurgi sacrifices himself to destroy the cauldron's power, Taran overcomes the King's henchmen, three witches and winged dragons. In the end Taran defeats the Horned King, and Gurgi is restored.

80 minutes long.

Release Date

July 24, 1985.

Cast List

Directed By:
Ted Berman
Richard Rich

Written By:
Al Winston
Art Stevens
David Jonas
Joe Hale
Peter Young
Richard Rich
Rosemary Anne Sisson
Roy Edward Disney
Roy Morita
Ted Berman
Vance Gerry

Fun Facts

This was the first Disney animated film to get a PG rating.
It was inspired by and adapted from Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain."
The Black Cauldron marked Disney's entry into the field of computer-generated images.
It also saw the development of the APT (Animation Photo Transfer) process, which was a method of transferring artists' drawings to a cel, and the first major change since photocopying replaced hand-inking 20 years previous.
The film cost over $25 million to make.
It was five years in production, but 12 years in the making.
More than 1,165 different hues and colors were used, and over 34 miles of film stock.
The Black Cauldron was the first of Disney's animated features in which the characters didn't sing.
However it was a box office failure, and not nominated for any Academy Awards.


The Horned King: Soon the Black Cauldron will be mine. Its evil power will course through my veins, and I shall make you Cauldron Born. Yes. Yes. Oh, yes. Then you will worship me! Me. Oh, my soldiers. How long I have thirsted to be a god among mortal men.

Orddu: It's decided, then. You shall have the Black Cauldron.
Eilonwy: You mean, you'll give it to us?
Orddu: That's not what I said. You weren't listening. We never give anything away. What we do is bargain, trade.
Taran: Well, you'll not have my sword!

Creeper: Oh, I'm sorry. I've ignored you. You did come for the Black Cauldron, didn't you? Good. Then climb in! It will only cost you your life.

Taran: What does a girl know about swords, anyway?
Eilonwy: "Girl"? "Girl"? If it wasn't for this "girl", you would still be in the Horned King's dungeon.




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

  • Quest For The Black Cauldron Destination Trivia Game
  • "Trick Or Treat" Cartoon Starring Donald Duck
  • Still-Frame Gallery


Hidden by darkness. Guarded by witches. Discovered by a boy. Stolen by a king. Whoever owns it will rule the world. Or destroy it.
Seven years in the making - In the celebrated Disney tradition comes our 25th animated motion picture.


When Taran opens the gate to the drain, the gate can be seen though his hands and the chains.
Taran unchains the gate in order to escape, then in later shots, the lock and chains are back, then disappear again.
When he escapes the Horned King's Castle, Taran leaves the sword sheath behind, but once outside, he is shown having the sheath again.
When Creeper is preparing a drink for the Horned King, the goblet changes color.

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