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

Grant Bardsley , Freddie Jones , Jack Hannah , Richard Rich  |  PG |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 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: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (266 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R99W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,794 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

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover

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.

Product Description

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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117 of 127 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 48 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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50 of 57 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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5.0 out of 5 stars He loved this too
This was also a gift for my nephew. He loved this too!
Published 6 days ago by Terry M Gass
3.0 out of 5 stars The movie is good, but the extra money spent on production does ...
The movie is good, but the extra money spent on production does not seem warranted. Several of the animated films of Disney's second Golden Age a few years later cost less money... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Marcia Perrine
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste a what should have been an Iconic Villian
Ooof! I have always heard that this was almost the death if Disney Animation. It seems as though the makers were distracted with other things while putting this together. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Guy Stevenson
4.0 out of 5 stars "Munchings and crunchings in here somewhere..."
"The Black Cauldron" is like an unloved stepchild in Disney's library of animated features. Its troubled production is a well-known story to film industry fans, highlighted by... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mike Sehorn
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a great movie, people should buy it is sad Disney pretend it never existed I love Gurgi.
Published 17 days ago by Talia Barrozo
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kids liked it!
Published 18 days ago by Joshua Kaufer
5.0 out of 5 stars A much-forgotten tale that needs more respect...
Forget the negative reviews...these people obviously don't know how to appreciate a movie for what it is. This isn't meant to be a Disney "princess" movie... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Mystery
2.0 out of 5 stars And the Gollum-like sloth-thing is totally unnecessary.
This is fairly sub-par for a Disney presentation...even for the old days. If you took out the extraneous non-story, ridiculous monologues and such, you'd have about a 10 minute... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Kittelvet
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Movie is better than I remember. Yeah graphics not the best but for its time it looks great!
Published 29 days ago by Bobby Simmons
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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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