The Black Cauldron

Walt Disney Feature Animation & Silver Screen Partners II Released 1985


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Richard Rich , Ted Berman
The Black Cauldron is the 1985 animated family adventure classic from Walt Disney Pictures that was seven years in the making and well worth the wait. The story follows a young pig keeper as he tries to protect a magical pig from the forces of darkness. The pig has the power to tell the future when its face is dipped in a pool of water, and an evil Horned King seeks the creature in order to use its magical skill to locate a long-lost black cauldron. If the black cauldron ever falls into the hands of the Horned King, then he will become all-powerful and rule the land. Featuring the voice talents of Nigel Hawthorne, Phil Fondacaro, Grant Bardsley, the film was the first Disney animated theatrical feature to receive a PG rating, was the first animated Disney film made in cooperation with Silver Screen Partners II and was the last film to be shot in the Super Technirama 70 70mm widescreen system.moreless

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  • 80

    Slate Dan Kois

    But there's still a great deal to love in The Black Cauldron. The untested animators Don Bluth left behind created some amazing sequences, including a dramatic scene of Taran's ora...

  • 75

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    A fun-but-uninspired swords-and-sorcery story.

  • 63

    Chicago Tribune Gene Siskel

    The essential problem with The Black Cauldron is that the central human character in the story is a complete drip, making it difficult to root for his success at saving the world f...

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