Young would-be warrior Taran searches for the titular magic vessel, lest it fall into the dastardly hands of the evil Horned King and allow him to summon an army of the undead. Fortunately, assisting in his quest are a feisty princess, the furry, friendly Gurgi, and psychic pig Hen Wen. Unusually dark but highly acclaimed Disney fare, released to video thirteen years after its theatrical run. Based on the juvenile fantasy novel by Lloyd Alexander; part of the "Chronicles of Prydain" series. Gold Collection Edition features a spooky bonus cartoon.
Ted Berman - Animation Director
Arthur Malet - Actor/"Toys"
John Hurt - British Actor
Lloyd Alexander - Author
Richard Rich - Anim. Director/Screenwriter
Freddie Jones - British Character Actor
Nigel Hawthorne - British Actor, THE MADNESS OF KING GEORGE (1995)
John Byner - American Comedian/Actor
Eda Reiss Merin
Theatrical release: July 24, 1985. THE BLACK CAULDRON is the 25th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.
"...Unique animation craft, especially in the beautiful pastoral sequences where every little leaf has a movement of its own..." - 07/24/1985 Variety
"...If you care about animation as an art form, it is impossible not to be thrilled by Disney's THE BLACK CAULDRON..." - 07/27/1985 Los Angeles Times, p.C1