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The Black Cauldron (Disney Gold Classic Collection) (1985)

Grant Bardsley , Freddie Jones , Jack Hannah , Richard Rich  |  PG |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan, Nigel Hawthorne, Arthur Malet
  • Directors: Jack Hannah, Richard Rich, Ted Berman
  • Writers: Al Wilson, Art Stevens, Burny Mattinson, David Jonas, Doug Lefler
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R99W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Black Cauldron (Disney Gold Classic Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Quest for the Black Cauldron" destination game
  • "Trick or Treat" cartoon starring Donald Duck
  • Still frame gallery

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Disney's 25th full-length animated classic, The Black Cauldron, fills the screen with magic and wonder. This fun-filled tale of heroism overflows with colorful characters, trailblazing animation, and nonstop action.

In the mystical land of Prydain, Taran, a young boy who dreams of a future as an invincible warrior, finds himself leading a real-life quest. In a race against the evil Horned King, Taran must be the first to find the mysterious Black Cauldron, or the Horned King wil unleash its power and take over the world. With the help of a magic sword, an enchanting princess, an adorable clairvoyant pig, and a furry little creature named Gurgi, Taran overcomes winged dragons, the King's monstrous henchmen, three batty witches, and more--and learns nothing is as powerful as courage and friendship.

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Disney's 25th full-length animated classic, The Black Cauldron, fills the screen with magic and wonder. This fun-filled tale of heroism overflows with colorful characters, trailblazing animation, and nonstop action. In the mystical land of Pryd

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115 of 123 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Disney Animated Movie... June 8, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Not too many remember when this movie was released... it BOMBED in theatres.
For starters, no one was ready for a PG rated Disney cartoon... especially one that IS NOT a musical. I think it lasted about two weeks in the theaters, then Disney pulled it.

(Something else people might not realize is that, while a failure in theaters, The Black Cauldron was modified and ported over into TV. It became one of Disney's most successful animated TV series: The Gummy Bears. While Taran, Eilonwy, and Creeper are renamed and not the main characters, they are in there!)

Left in the Disney vaults until 1998, this now restored full-length animated feature is a gem, if not a bit rough around the edges. Without your standard "filler" material of songs and silly dancing, The Black Cauldron uses dialog, stunning animation, and action to keep it moving.

The movie is dark, foreboding, and just plain creepy. It is rated PG, and I DO NOT recommend letting your kids sit in front of this one alone!

But for all its good points, The Black Cauldron strays far from Lloyd Alexander's books, too much is left unexplained, and you never get the chance to really care for any of the characters. Compared to other Disney movies, this is a major change as we're always drawn in and quickly bond with the lead characters.

Oh, and contrary to what other reviewers have said, this was NOT Disney's first PG rated movie. That honor goes to The Black Hole (1979).

While this movie is a must for Disney collectors, the rest of us could pass it up and not miss much.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
In 1985, Walt Disney Pictures released their 25th animated feature in July 1985. The animated film "The Black Cauldron" is based on the first two novels of Lloyd Alexander's "Chronicles of Prydain" books (a total of five novels were created from 1964-1968) and is based on Welsh mythology.

"The Black Cauldron" is the first Disney film to utilize the APT process (a photographic transfer system that can transfer lines or solid blocks of colors onto cels) and as most new animated technology, the film was quite expensive to make.

It was also a Disney film in which it was an interesting risk for the company as the studio wanted to created a PG-rated animated film, especially since the original books that the animated film was adapted from, was quite dark. Because the animated film was not a musical nor was it a happy, uplifting film that many young children would want to see, the film didn't perform quite well in the box office (the film was budgeted at $25 million and made $21 million).

But times have changed since the "The Black Cauldron" was shown in the theater and with films such as "The Lord of the Rings" and television shows such as "The Legend of the Seeker" are more common place for today, there is no doubt that the storyline of "The Black Cauldron" will attract viewers and now "The Black Cauldron" will receive its DVD re-release in Sept. 2010 (the original "The Black Cauldron - Gold Collection" DVD was released in 2000) to celebrate the film's 25th anniversary.


"The Black Cauldron" is presented in widescreen 2:35:1 (enhanced for 16×9 televisions). The first thing that came to my mind while watching this film is how beautiful the artistic backgrounds were. There is a lot of painted with a lot of detail in the background.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
By Jake
Format:VHS Tape
Being an avid Disney video collector, I of course saw trailers for this release hitched onto other 1998 tapes, and was genuinely amazed with them alone. Needless to say I ran out to the store August 4 of that year to buy my copy of this never-before-released-on-video animated Disney flick and popped it into the VCR as soon as I got home. I honestly do not understand why so many people who have reviewed this movie have called it bad. Sure, it's different, and yes, it did recieve a PG rating, but those are not nessesarily bad things. And, yes, appearently it IS different from the book, but, putting all of that aside, it is a WONDERFUL movie, and, unlike some reviewers, I'm very glad that they let it out of the vaults.
Taran, dreams of being an incridible warrior, but soon finds himself reduced to searching for Hen Wen, a young pig he tends to that has run away. This eventually leads to his embarking on a quest to find the mythical Black Cauldron, which gives the one who bears it ultumate power, before the evil Horned King. Aside from the adventurous, dark mood, the movie carries other strengths, too. First off, the characters are amazing and can be related to. I too have dreams and fears just like Taran (in fact quite simmilar in one perspective), and he is like a welcome friend to me. Gurgi is cute and funny and is this movie's classic Disney sidekick; there's one in every classic, you know. Second, there's the annimation - it's amazingly mood-setting and obviously helped the animators learn a great viriaty of skills they would use in later films.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Now I know why it was panned!
Black Cauldron is a really mediocre movie. It feels very uninspired, silly and there's one character who feels so derivative of a certain Lord of the Rings character that... yeah. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Vespasiano
5.0 out of 5 stars love this movieee
Haven't watched this movie since I was little. so happy to find it! Shipped the next day. Got it a few days later. Great condition too!
Published 6 days ago by Haley Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Black Cauldron
It must have slipped through my childhood but I got to watch "The Black Cauldron", and I can appreciate it at my age. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Clayton Moorhead
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Cauldron (Disney Gold Classic Collection)
We got the DVD which plays good, thanks! Our children had them all but they didn't know how to keep them... they are all dirty, lost all covers in storage now. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Mai P. Pham
4.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I and my children really enjoyed this movie. I remember seeing it in theatre, and then it, finally, was released to video. I was really glad to see it for dvd.
Published 1 month ago by Josh Millican
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Cauldron
The Black Cauldron is much much darker then most Disney movies, but it's a very good movie all in all.
Published 1 month ago by MR. BUTLER
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Disney's Best!!!
This is by far one of Disney's best animated films ever, mainly because it has none of those awful, stupid songs, that seem to take over a Disney movie!!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dobie O'Sheen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic for 6-8 year olds
Excellent classic short of good versus evil. It reminds me of the risen undead on Famtasia (the origjnal Disney Classic).
Published 1 month ago by Edna carel
3.0 out of 5 stars Fell a bit flat
The plot is a bit all over the place. Had the potential to be a great movie but it just fell a bit flat. Could be great at Halloween though?
Published 2 months ago by M. Austin
3.0 out of 5 stars Now I know why no one has heard of this movie
It's OK. Too Scary for little ones, Story not deep enough for young teens. As an adult, there was no "Disney Humor" that is what usually keeps adults interested in the... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Scout Lady
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I hope they release the rumored special edition of this movie. I guess I am one of the few that love this movie. I have searched and have found nothing released from Disney announcing a special edition (aside from the preview posted on Youtube that could be a fake...). If it is going to be... Read more
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