Anna's Black Cauldron Page. Thirteen years ago, I was enchanted by
Disney's 25th animated feature film The Black Cauldron. Today I finally
own it on video cassette. For those of you who haven't seen or even heard
of The Black Cauldron, this page is for you. Take a deep breath, and scroll
down as I immerse you into the depths of The Black Cauldron.
Black Cauldron: Cast of Characters
Taran of Caer Dallben (Grant Bardsley): Taran is the assistant pig keeper who longs to be a warrior. At the end of his adventure he learns that heroes are judged by the strength of their hearts not of their swords.
Princess Eilonwy (Susan Sheridan): Eilonwy is a sassy young woman who is also a prisoner in the Horned King's palace. She is always accompanied by her magic bauble, a bright, spherical being who always lights her path. Eilonwy is Taran's love interest.
Gurgi (John Byner): Gurgi is a creature of the forest. Small, hairy and spunky, he is always looking for munchings and crunchings. While Gurgi always runs away from danger, he proves himself a true friend in the end. NOTE: Gurgi is NOT a dog!
Hen Wen: Hen Wen is Taran's Clairvoyant pig. Since Hen knows where the Black Cauldron is hidden, he is temporarily captured by the Horned King.
Dallben (Freddie Jones): Dallben is an old wizard, master and keeper to both Taran and Hen Wen.
The Witches of Morva: Orwen (Adele Malis-Morey), Orgoch (Billie Hayes), and Orddu (Eda Reiss Merin) keep the Cauldron hidden safely out of human hands, buried in the Marshes of Morva.
King (John Hurt): The Horned King is a tyrant
who gathers corpses to form his army of Cauldron Born. All he needs to
fulfill his evil plan is the powers of the Black Cauldron.
Black Cauldron: Animation
Cauldron is Disney's 25th full length animated feature. It spanned ten
years in the making and budgeted at 25 million. Under the supervision of
producer Joe Hale and veteran Disney directors Ted Berman and Richard
Rich, a revitalized animation department spent five years of actual production
on the ambitious project. More than 200 employees worked full time on the
film, including 68 animators and assistant animators. The lengthy production
period of the film was due to Disney's painstaking, classical approach
to animation and to the films 70 mm wide screen format that necessitated
nearly twice the animation of the regular full length feature. The first
animated motion picture to be shot in 70 mm since "Sleeping Beauty" in
1959, The Black Cauldron gains further distinction in the fact that it
is one of a handful of movies ever to be recorded in the complicated process
of stereo surround sound.
(1985 The Black Cauldron Souvenir Program)
|The Book of Three||The Black Cauldron|
|The Castle of Llyr||Taran Wanderer|
|The High King||The Foundling|
The Black Cauldron: Thirteen Years Later
In late 1998,
The Black Cauldron was finally released on video. As of January '99, the
video is no longer being produced. Some copies still remain on store shelves,
get yours while supplies last.
never been very many products associated with The Black Cauldron. In 1985,
comic, coloring, and picture books were available... not to mention a line
of plush animals (Gurgi, Hen Wen, and Doli). To celebrate the release of
the Black Cauldron Video, Disney issued a line of Black Cauldron Beanies.
In December of 1998, these Disney Beanies retired, but may still be found on E-bay: The Black Cauldron.
for visiting my Black Cauldron Page. I hope that I have been able to provide
you with some insight into this fabulous yet often forgotten Disney film.
belongs to Anna Roddenberry.
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All of the photographs on
this page, including the background, are scanned in from my private collection.
Please do not borrow them! All other clipart is provided courtesy of :
Disney Clipart Collection.
Disclaimer: I am in no way
affiliated with the Walt Disney Company. This webpage in entirely fan run
for the enjoyment of the animated Disney Film, The Black Cauldron.