The Black Cauldron

"Very Good"

The Black Cauldron Review


Disney didn't make a PG-rated animated film until 1985; this is it, The Black Cauldron, Disney's 25th animated feature. The film successfully skews toward older kids, but it's not too much for the little ones. The story is one of the better ones from this era (predating Disney's 1990s renaissance), involving a boy who does battle with the Horned King as he attempts to destroy, well, a magic pot that would give the King the power to raise an army of the dead. That a kidnapped pig plays a central plot point is irrelevant, this is simple (and simply-animated) Disney fun. John Hurt's gravelly voice of the Horned King steals the show.

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Facts and Figures

Run time: 80 mins

In Theaters: Wednesday 24th July 1985

Box Office Worldwide: $21.3M

Budget: $25M

Production compaines: Walt Disney Pictures

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 55%
Fresh: 16 Rotten: 13

IMDB: 6.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Producer:

Starring: as Taran (voice), as Eilonwy (voice), as Dallben (voice), as Fflewddur Fflam (voice), as King Eidilleg, as Gurgi / Doli, Lindsay Rich as Fairfolk, Brandon Call as Fairfolk, Gregory Levinson as Fairfolk, as Orddu, as Orwen, as Orgoch, Phil Fondacaro as Creeper / Henchman, Peter Renaday as Henchman, James Almanzar as Henchman

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