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The Black Cauldron [1985] (1 disc)

Director:Richard Rich
Ted Berman
Writer:Al Wilson
Art Stevens
David Jonas
Joe Hale
Peter Young
Richard Rich
Roy Morita
Ted Berman
Vance Gerry
Composer:Elmer Bernstein
Length:80 minutes
(1 hour 20 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG
Suggested Event Use:Halloween
Sorting Category:Fantasy
Sorting Tub:India
IMDB Rating:6.3/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:59%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: To defeat a horrible tyrant, a young boy and his friends head out on a mission to find a powerful, magic item.

Reaction: Considered to be from Disney's "dark" period, this one is actually quite interesting, though not necessarily for everyone.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Richard Rich => Director / Writer
Ted Berman => Director / Writer
Al Wilson => Writer
Art Stevens => Writer
David Jonas => Writer
Joe Hale => Writer
Peter Young => Writer
Roy Morita => Writer
Vance Gerry => Writer
Elmer Bernstein => Composer
Lloyd Alexander => Novel series 'The Chronicles of Prydain'
Adele Malis-Morey => Orwen (voice)
Arthur Malet => King Eidilleg (voice)
Billie Hayes => Orgoch (voice)
Brandon Call => Fairfolk (voice)
Eda Reiss Merin => Orddu (voice)
Freddie Jones => Dallben (voice)
Grant Bardsley => Taran (voice)
Gregory Levinson => Fairfolk (voice)
Jack Laing => Henchman (voice)
James Almanzar => Henchman (voice)
John Byner => Gurgi / Doli (voice)
John Hurt => The Horned King (voice)
John Huston => Prologue Narrator (voice)
Lindsay Rich => Fairfolk (voice)
Nigel Hawthorne => Fflewddur Fflam (voice)
Peter Renaday => Henchman (voice)
Phil Fondacaro => Creeper / Henchman (voice)
Phil Nibbelink => Henchman (voice)
Steve Hale => Henchman (voice)
Susan Sheridan => Eilonwy (voice)
Wayne Allwine => Henchman (voice)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • 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 film, as well as The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Brave Little Toaster, are considered to be the darkest Disney animated features.
  • The first Disney animated theatrical feature to receive a PG rating.
  • When Taran looks for Hen in the Forbidden Forest, we see him crawl under a small branch and weave in and out of a few small trees. This animation was recycled from The Sword in the Stone when Wart goes into the forest to retrieve Kay's arrow.
  • Tim Burton, who worked as a conceptual artist on this film, wanted to incorporate minions of the Horned King that were akin to the "facehuggers" from the Alien movie series. Some samples of his work can be seen on Disney's 2000 DVD of this title.
  • The management team at Disney changed during Cauldron's production. New studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg made several cuts in the film before its release to prevent it getting an R or PG-13 rating.
  • When the Horned King activates the power of the Black Cauldron the sound of a space shuttle launch was used.
  • [?] Hayley Mills was originally considered for the role of Eilonwy.
  • The first Disney animated feature to use computer technology.
  • Suspended from video release for years due to its dark content.