Young pigkeeper Taran is sworn to look over a pig named Hen Wen, who knows the location of the fabled magical black cauldron. When the Evil Horned King finds out that the pig knows the location, Taran and Hen Wen embark on a frantic adventure to avoid capture by the horned one, encountering witches, princesses, fairies and others along the way.

Disney's 25th film, based on the novels by Lloyd Alexander, was their most ambitious at the time -- and their biggest box office flop. It was the first of their animated films to recieve a PG rating (despite numerous edits before its release), and it was well over a decade after its initial release before it arrived on home video.