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The Black Cauldron

Alternate Title: Taran and the Magic Cauldron

The Black Cauldron (Taran and the Magic Cauldron) (1985) Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film The Black Cauldron

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Walt Disney Studios, Silver Screen Partners II Grant Bardsley, Susan Sheridan, Freddie Jones, Nigel Hawthorne, Arthur Malet, John Byner, John Hurt, Phil Fondacaro, Eda Reiss Merin; Full Voice Cast Full Voice Cast.. Ted Berman, Richard Rich, Mark Hester, Terry Noss, Randy Paton Joe Hale, Don Hahn, Ronny Miller, Edward Hansen , , , , , , , , , ; more Writers More Writers.. James Melton, James Koford, Armetta Jackson Elmer Bernstein, Peter Bernstein, Jay Lawton, Jack Wadsworth, Kathy Durning, Regnal Hall, Norman Corey
  • 1985
  • Walt Disney Studios, Silver Screen Partners II
  • Buena Vista Pictures Distribution
  • Feature Length Theatrical Animated Film
  • Cartoon Characters: Taran, Eilonwy, Gurgi, Ffewddur Fflam, Dallben, The Horned King, Creeper, King Eidilleg, Doli, Orgoch, Orddu, Orwen, Hen Wen.
  • Vocal Talent: Grant Bardsley (Taran), Susan Sheridan (Eilonwy), Freddie Jones (Dallben), Nigel Hawthorne (Fflam), Arthur Malet (King), John Byner (Gurgi, Doli), John Hurt (Horned King), Phil Fondacaro (Creeper, Henchman), Eda Reiss Merin (Orddu), Adele Malis-Morey (Orwen), Billie Hayes (Orgoch), Lindsay Rich (Fairfolk), Brandon Call (Fairfolk), Gregory Levinson (Fairfolk), Pete Renaday (Henchman), James Almanzar (Henchman), Wayne Allwine (Henchman), Steve Hale (Henchman), Phil Nibbelink (Henchman), Jack Laing (Henchman), John Huston (Narrator).
  • Directed By Ted Berman, Richard Rich.
    Assistant Directors: Mark Hester, Terry Noss, Randy Paton.
  • Produced By Joe Hale.
    Production Manager: Don Hahn.
    Executive Producer: Ronny Miller.
    Executive In Charge of Production: Edward Hansen.
  • Animated By Andreas Deja, Phil Nibbelink, Hendel Butoy, Steven Gordon, Dale Baer, Doug Krohn, Ron Husband, Shawn Keller, Jay Jackson, Mike Gabriel, Barry Temple, Phillip Young, Tom Ferriter, Jesse Cosio, Ruben Aquino, Ruben Procopio, Cyndee Whitney, Vicki Anderson, George Schribner, David Block, Mark Henn, Charlie Downs, Terry Harrison, sandra Borgmeyer, David Pacheco.
    Assistant Animators: Tony Anselmo, Jane Baer, Dorothea Baker, Philo Barnhart, Bill Berg, Ben Burgess, Reed Cardwell, Brian Clift, Jesus Cortez, Rick Farmiloe, June Fujimoto, Terrey Hamada, Ray Harris, Jeffrey Lynch, Mauro Maressa, Michael McKinney, Jim Mitchell, Brett Newton, Gilda Palinginis, Phil Phillipson, David Pruiksma, Natasha Selfridge, Toby Shelton, David Stephan, Russ Stoll, George Sukara, Larry White.
    Key Coordinating Animator: Walt Stanchfield.
    Additional Animation: Kathy Zielinsky, Due Diciccio, Jill Colbert, Richard Hoppe, Kevin Wurzer, David Brain, Sylvia Mattinson, Maurice Hunt.
    Effects Animators: Don Paul, Barry Cook, Mark Dindal, Ted Kierscey, Jeff Howard, Kelvin Yasuda, Patricia Peraza, Bruce Woodside, Scott Santoro, Kimberly Kownlton, Glenn Chaika, John Tucker.
    Assistant Effects Animators: Gail Finkelde, Tom Hush, Joe Lanzisero, Ronaldo Mercado, Steve Starr, John Tucker.
    Animation Consultant: Eric Larson.
  • Written By David Jonas, Vance Gerry, Al Wilson, Roy Morita, Ted Berman, Peter Young, Richard Rich, Joe Hale.
    Additional Story: Tony Marino, Steve Hulett, Melvin Shaw (as Mel Shaw, Burny Mattinson, John Musker, Ron Clements, Doug Lefler.
    Additional Dialogue: Rosemary Anne Sisson, Roy Edward Disney.
    Books, the five Chronicles of Prydain by: Lloyd Alexander.
  • Edited By James Melton, James Koford, Armetta Jackson.

Additional Crew:



  • Production Coordinators: Joseph Morris, Dennis Edwards, Ronald Rocha.
  • Special Photographic Effects: Phillip Meador, Ron Osenbaugh, Bill Kilduff.
  • Character Design: Andreas Deja, Mike Ploog, Phil Nibbelink, Al Wilson, David Jonas.
  • Color Styling: James Coleman.
  • Layout Styling: Mike Hodgson.
  • Layouts: Don Griffith, Guy Vasilovich, Dan Hansen, Glen Vilppu, William Frake III.
  • Assistant Layouts: David Dunnet, Karen Keller, Greg Martin, Kurt Anderson, Carol Holman Grosvesnor, Frank Frezzo.
  • Backgrounds: Donald Towns, Brian Sebern, Tia Kratter, John Emerson, Lisa Keene, Andrew Phillipson.
  • Breakdown Artists: Sue Adnopoz, Anthony DeRosa, Barbara DeRosa, Denise Ford, Edward Coral, Tina Grusd, Christine Liffers, Elyse Pastel, Karen Spooner, Louis Tate, Peggy Tonkonogy, Jane Tucker, Maria Ramocki-Rosetti, Stephen Zupkas.
  • Effects Breakdown Artists: Ed Coffey, Peter Gullerud, Christine Harding.
  • Clean-Up Artists: Retta davidson, Tom Ferriter, Dave Suding, Fujiko Miller, Chuck Williams, Isis Thompson, M. Flores Nichols, Lureline Weatherly, Martin Korth, Wesley Chun.
  • Sound Effects Design: Mike McDonough.
  • Sound Effects: Paul Holzborn, Wayne Allwine.
  • Re-recording Mixers: Richard Portman, Nick Alphin, Frank C. Regula.
  • Music Scoring Mixer: Shawn Murphy.

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Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young man named Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen, a magical oracular pig, who knows the location of the...  (more)

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Llyod Alexander wrote 5 books in Pyrdain Series. Disney's attempt to turn this into a major film, was proof that Professor Tolkien was very intelligient. He had put in his will and contracts that the rights to his books could nver be sold to Disney as...  (read more)

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The least watchable of all Disney features. Everything that could be wrong with a movie is here. Lifeless characters, muddled story, comic relief not that comic or much of a relief.
Avoid at all costs. Dreadful! Makes one ask "What were...  (read more)

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"THE BLACK CAULDRON" production ('85) was designed exclusively to be in wide screen 70mm format. Disney's first animated film with a PG rating!
The VIDEO release ('98) came out in standard full scene format however. In 1881,...  (read more)

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