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Disney's The Black Cauldron Title

Premiere Date:
July 24, 1985

Running Time:
80 Minutes

Rated: PG

STORY LINE

Taran, a pig keeper, who attempts to rescue his clairvoyant pig, Hen Wen, from the Horned King's Castle. The King tries to get Hen Wen to lead him to The Black Cauldron. Taran escapes with a a young princess, Eilonwy, and a minstrel, and with the help of Gurgi, finds the Cauldron. Before they can destroy it, the Horned King takes the Cauldron and unleashes its awesome power. Gurgi sacrifices himself to destroy the Cauldron's power and save his friends, but in the end, Taran defeats the Horned King and Gurgi is restored.

CAST

CHARACTER

VOICE TALENT

Taran

Grant Bardsley

Eilonwy

Susan Sheridan

Dallben

Freddie Jones

Fflewddur Fflam

Nigel Hawthorne

The Horned King

John Hurt

Creeper

Phil Fondacaro

Gurgi and Doli

John Byner

CREW

DIRECTOR

Ted Berman
Richard Rich

PRODUCER 

Joe Hale

CONCEPTS

Tim Burton
Andreas Deja

ANIMATORS 

Ron Clements

CAST OF CHARACTER

Taran, Eilonwy, Hen Wen, Dallben, Fflewddur Fflam,
Gurgi, Doli, The Horned King, Creeper

SONGS

No Songs

Disney's The Black Cauldron Home Video

Disney's The Black Cauldron Home Video

Disney's The Black Cauldron DVD

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DVD

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Soundtrack

FAN SITE LINKS

The Black Cauldron!

The Cauldron-Born Fanatic

SPIN-OFFS

No Spin-Offs Found

TRIVIA

Filmed in 70mm stereo-surround Technirama.

The production of this film can be traced back to 1971, when the Disney Studio purchased the screen rights to Lloyd Alexander's "The Chronicles of Prydain".

The artists on this film took advance of the latest technology to complete this film. Video cameras were used as an inexpensive record of their work. Computers were use to provide an easier way to created more like-like images around the characters. The development of the Animation Photo Transfer (ADT) process made the conversion on the animators' drawings to a cel easier and less expensive.

The film took over 12 years to make, 5 years of actual production, and cost over $25 million. Over 1,165 different hues and colors were used and 34 miles of film stock was utilized.

This was the first animated Disney film made in cooperation with Silver Screen Partners II and was given a PG rated due to the scariness of the villain, The Horned King.