The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron

A young pig keeper and his friends must destroy an ancient magical cauldron before the Horned King (John Hurt) uses it to conquer the world.

In the mythical land of Prydain during the Dark Ages, lowly pig herder Taran (Grant Bardsley) dreams of becoming a knight. He receives his heroic calling when the evil Horned King kidnaps Hen-Wren, a prophesying pig that had been entrusted to Taran. With help from his furry sidekick Gurgi (John Byner) and Princess Eilonwy (Susan Sheridan), Taran must locate the magical black cauldron before the Horned King is able to use its powers to summon an army of undead.

The Black Cauldron is the 25th entry in the Walt Disney Animated Classics and was the first in the series to utilise CGI.

1985Rating: PG, Mild violence80 minsUSAWalt Disney Pictures
AdventureAnimatedKids & FamilyFantasy

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The Black Cauldron / Reviews

Variety

Variety

The characters, though cute and cuddly and sweet and mean and ugly and simply awful, don't really have much to do that would remain of interest to any but the youngest minds.

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Time Out

Time Out

As usual it is technically excellent, but the charm, characterisation and sheer good humour that made features like Pinocchio and Jungle Book so enjoyable are sadly absent.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

This is the 25th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney studios, and professionally put together as it is, many of the ingredients may seem programmed to those who have seen some of the others.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

By the end of The Black Cauldron I was remembering, with something of a shock of nostalgia, the strength and utter storytelling conviction of the early Disney animators. The Black Cauldron is a return to the tradition.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Possibly not the worst animated feature the House Of Mouse has produced, but certainly stumbling around the darker recesses of the Disney vault.

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