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The Black Cauldron is a 1985 American animated feature dark fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and originally released to theaters on July 24, 1985. The twenty-fifth animated feature in the Disney Animated Canon and Disney's first PG-rated animated film, the film is based on Lloyd Alexander's Chronicles of Prydain book series, which is in turn based on Welsh mythology.
The film centers around the evil Horned King who attempts to secure the Black Cauldron in order to rule the world. The Horned King is opposed by the heroes Taran, Princess Eilonwy, Fflewddur Fflam and Gurgi.
The film is directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich, and stars the voices of Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Freddie Jones, Nigel Hawthorne, and John Hurt. A video game based on the film was released in 1986. The film is notorious for being a major box office disaster for the Disney company and being considered one of the worst entries in the Disney Animated Canon (along with Home on the Range and Chicken Little). Though, the film has gained a cult following.
This is a film that really made an impression on me when I saw it in the cinema as a child. Not normally a fan of the saccharine Disney style, I hadn't been keen to go and see it. However, I came away from the cinema with a totally different opinion of Disney. This is a much darker film than their usual fare, with the usual schmaltz mixed with a good dose of what can only be described as horror.
Telling the tale of Taran, a pig keeper who gets mixed up in the war against the Horned King, who needs the magical and evil Black Cauldron of the title in order to bring alive his army of undead warriors. There are the usual Disney elements here - talking animals, comedy villain sidekicks and moral lesson. But much, much, darker than usual with the demonic Horned King (voiced by an underused John Hurt), and armies of skeletal spectral warriors creeping across the land. I loved it then, and I love it now.
I'm not sure the U certificate is totally appropriate, I think a PG would be better. As a 9 yr old kid I know it gave me nightmares!
This is a nice presentation, 5.1 surround sound (which shows of Elmer Bernstein's excellent score nicely). In widescreen. The colours seem a bit washed out and dingy at times, but if memory serves it was like that in the initial cinema release.
Well worth getting, especially for those looking for something a little different from the usual Disney fare.
I remember that I was so little when I saw this. The only memory of it was the sadness I felt but I didn't remenber what made me sad.
Many years latter I foung the books on a book fair, and the memories returned. I got the Chronicles of prydain that were used to make this animation and I got this dvd. This story became very precious to me when I realized why I was sad. It also inspired me like Neverendingstory and other books to create new worlds as an artist and writer.
A classic Disney movie that I believe may be one of their best. The lore is fantastic, and appeals to both children and adults, although I'd argue this is slightly more adult oriented that other Disney classics. The artwork is great, the image and sound quality are fantastic, it really is as simple as that.
Definitely worth the purchase, I just wish it was available on Blu ray.
This is a very underrated Disney film from the 1980's - its based on the first two books by Lloyd Alexander. The animation is good and the story is good (there is no singing) - young children may find it a little scary. It was originally a PG but it has been changed to a U. I would recommended it
I absolutely love this film and im 18 it brings back childhood memories of me and my sister watching it over and over, i love the gurgi character.Its a must watch! for any animation film fan. Also the price is cheap and fast delivery! 5*s