The Black Cauldron

The Black Cauldron

DVD - 1998
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In the land of Prydain, a young boy named Taran, who dreams of a future as an invincible warrior, finds himself leading a real-life quest. In a race against the evil Horned King, Taran must be the first to find the Black Cauldron or the Horned King will unleash its power and take over the world.
Publisher: Burbank, CA : Walt Disney Home Video, [1998]
ISBN: 9780788821479
Branch Call Number: J BLA
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (80 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 01, 2016

Awful. Warned, and not expecting it to match the book, I went in with lowered expectations and even then, was disappointed. The animation IS good, but story, dialog, and editing fall flat.

Jun 28, 2015

I wanted to watch this movie because I played the Apple PC game in the 1980s and I think I prefer the computer game. Old-fashioned animation, obnoxious characters (lewd witch!) and violent scenes made me think this was a movie from the 1960s. Was very surprised that it's from 1985. Definitely the creepiest and most boring Disney movie I've ever seen. Not recommended for little kids.

i love this movie i use to beg my mom to buy this movie in 2009 and evan in 2005 but i never got it but later i found out that st.paul had the glad classic collection of this dvd but now they don't but i did get to watch the gold classc collection of this movie so that was a good thing but than the new one came out i asked if you can get it you did get for your own collection same thing i barrowed it and i loved it i also watch this movie at school in 2009 with my whole class my teacher said ooh scarry i think it is kind of a scarry disney movie for litttle kids it scared me a few times this disney movie but still a good movie maybe it's not populor but i still liked it .

Mar 07, 2014

Great book. Mediocre movie.

I remember reading a comic version of the movie when it came out in the 80s. I remembered vaguely it wasn't well received, but thought I'd check it out. By chance, I came across the book at a garage sale last year and it was really enjoyable. It was obviously the second (or even third) book in a series. So when I watched the movie, I was very disappointed. Without reading any other books in the series, I have to guess that the screenplay took part of the plot of the first book(s), and replaced the Black Cauldron plot line with whatever the plot of the first book actually was. It did not end well. The book definitely deserved a better adaptation than this. I do look forward to reading the rest of the books, though, as they look really good.

hania4987 Feb 12, 2014

as usual, the animation is great but the story has a bit of an unfinished feel to it. It does make me want to read the books.
maybe not for the littlest ones

Jul 13, 2012

i liked this book as i was really interesting and the main characters are really awesome. read this book as a book project :) #imagineteencontest

May 10, 2012


Apr 24, 2012

The animation may be typical Disney but the story is a watered-down, butchered version of a remarkable book. I just wished some other company would do a more appropriate version of this without the missing characters and parts!

Nov 13, 2011

This used to creep me out so much!! But it was still a great movie and I still love it after 10 years ><!!

Oct 18, 2011

My kids didn't like this one as much because they thought that the main character, Taran, was stupid. They didn't understand how he could be so naive, exclaimed at the TV when he relinquished the sword and didn't entirely buy that the cute sidekick gets to live at the end of it all. All this from a seven year old. I actually liked some parts of it - I'd forgotten about the fact that it's the girl who rescues Taran from the dungeon, that she tells him off when they're safe in the forest - which, given the age of the movie, is fantastic because she's the best princess ever (just don't make me spell her name)! The lewd witch didn't make any of us laugh, the fuzzy comedic sidekick wasn't all that funny either. What bugged me the most is how Disney has a habit of slapping characters into a movie and then doing little with them - like the old man at the beginning... and what is the point of the minstral and his harp?


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Jul 21, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: There definitely are in this movie. The Horned King and his skeleton army is quite gross. I think this would at least make a good Halloween movie😒.

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