The Black Cauldron
Release: July 24, 1985
Release: July 24, 1985

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.

Dallben: "So Much So Soon, To Rest On His Young Shoulders."
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10 years, 8 months ago
I thought this was a brilliant move for Disney to make a dark, animated film, breaking away for their conventional style of animation and story telling, and treating kids like adults. Much like The Secret of NIMH, they actually show blood in it and say "damn", something that can never used in an animated kid film anymore.
    8 years, 6 months ago
    This was the first movie i saw in theaters when i was 3 years old and i had a stuffed Gurgi and computer game with readalong book. It took 13 years to get to video and bought it right away.

    This does remind me of stuff like He-Man, Heavy Metal, Secret of NIMH, Fire and Ice and Last Unicorn.
      12 years, 5 months ago
      I like this movie, but I can see why it bombed. It's incredibly dark to be coming from Dinsey, but it's filled with awesome fantasy elements and a villain who's pure evil. It's a good movie. Not over-the-top great, but still good.
        12 years, 7 months ago
        I remember when my mom first rented this on VHS. Gurgi was my favorite and I remember how upset I was when he jumped into the cauldron.
          14 years, 6 months ago
          I think this the scariest Disney movie ever. This one really scared me as a kid. Some scenes still get to me.
            14 years, 10 months ago
            Yeah, the Horned King was certainly no slouch as a villain. There's no "typical Disney Villain" traits found in him. Pure evil. This is a rather interesting movie, which is still shown on Disney from time to time.
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