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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
  • Walt Disney Studios, Silver Screen Partners II
  • Animated Characters: Taran, Eilonwy, Gurgi, Ffewddur Fflam, Dallben, The Horned King, Creeper, King Eidilleg, Doli, Orgoch, Orddu, Orwen, Hen Wen.
  • Originally Released in 1985.
  • Running Time: 80 minutes.
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Alternate Title: "Taran and the Magic Cauldron."

Foreign Language Titles: "Taram Et Le Chaudron Magique (French)" and "El Caldero Magico (Spanish)."

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They spent more on this film- 44 million dollars- thank any previous animated film. It was also the first Disney animated film to receive a PG rating. It was based on the largely unread the first two books in The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander. Boy, with all that going for it, how could you not want to avoid this at the theaters?

And avoid it the audience did. In its initial release, the film did a mere 21 million in box office. This is despite massive re-edits ordered by newly appointed Disney studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg. Katzenberg convinced Disney chairman Michael Eisner of the fatal flaws in the project, and had the release date pushed back six months. During that time, 12 minutes were excised from the film, and some scenes re-animated.

The movie was shot in 70mm with a Dolby Stereo soundtrack.

Nothing would have saved this film. It was too dark, too hard to understand, and too non-Disney.

On the positive side, The Black Cauldron developed the first use of computer generated images in a animated film. A computer was used to animate bubbles, a boat, and even the cauldron itself.

This was also the first Disney film to use the now-familiar Walt Disney Pictures title card featuring a white silhouette of Sleeping Beauty castle over a baby blue background. This logo replaced the previous "Buena Vista Pictures Distribution" card and the "Walt Disney Productions Presents" title card. Instead of the simple "The End" title card at the end of the movie, the movie ends with a full credits roll. This would continue for most Disney animated film releases after The Black Cauldron.

This was the 25th film in the official Disney list of animated films.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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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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