Watch: The Black Cauldron 1985 123movies, Full Movie Online – Centuries ago, in the land of Prydain, a young man named Taran is given the task of protecting Hen Wen, a magical oracular pig, who knows the location of the mystical black cauldron. This is not an easy task, for The Evil Horned King will stop at nothing to get the cauldron..
Plot: Taran is an assistant pigkeeper with boyish dreams of becoming a great warrior. However, he has to put the daydreaming aside when his charge, an oracular pig named Hen Wen, is kidnapped by an evil lord known as the Horned King. The villain hopes Hen will show him the way to The Black Cauldron, which has the power to create a giant army of unstoppable soldiers.
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A Uniquely Brave Disney Movie
I personally really appreciate the interesting story, tone, and mood this movie conveys. Disney took some interesting chances with this film, and financially it did not pay off, I assume because Disney’s audience in the ’80s could not appreciate the slightly darker tone of the film, then again, if you compare this movie with the likes of The Dark Crystal or Labyrinth, this movie is mild in its creative weirdness. The story feels like a rushed epic, but in the end, the movie remains as something that, in the world of animated films, Disney never attempted again, and it is a shame.
Ambitious and different!
I must say first that my opinion on this film is slightly biased. I was one of the handful of people to have seen this film on its initial theatrical run. I was also 11 and a boy (a target audience of this film). I owned the Gurgi and Hen Wen plushes, got excited by the preview on the “Pinocchio” video, etc.,etc.
After seeing the movie, I remember being entertained (maybe not enthralled) by the film and was saddened by Gurgi’s sacrifice at the end.
Years passed. And passed. And passed. And people seemed to have forgotten “Black Cauldron” in the wake of “Little Mermaid” and her successors.
I must admit that I became somewhat obsessed with finding out why Disney thought of the film so poorly and why everyone gave me “blank stares” when I mentioned it. To say the least, I longed for a video release of the film.
A year or two ago, I got my wish, and now that I’m older and “wiser” I’m able to make a better judgement of the film. Is it Disney’s worst film ever? Absolutely not. “Black Cauldron” is probably the finest animated film of the 1980’s (“Little Mermaid” not withstanding). It IS a scary film for young kids (hence the PG rating) but I think audiences today are able to deal with that more than they were back in 1985 (just look at “Dinosaur,” “Road to El Dorado,” and the upcoming “Titan AE” which are all rated PG). The story may not be up to Disney standards, but for a film of its genre (i.e fantasy) it has a very compelling and understandable story. The animation has its highs and lows. But this film was made by a large number of people over a long period of time, so it is inevitable that there should be some fluctuation in quality.
Lastly, I too have read Lloyd Alexander’s books, and I too adore them. No, Disney’s film does not even begin to compare to the books, but what movie does?
On its own terms, “Black Cauldron” stands as a remarkable achievement in animation, and a film for those people who don’t just think cartoons are “babysitters for kids.”
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 20 min (80 min)
Genre Animation, Action, Adventure
Director Ted Berman, Richard Rich
Writer Lloyd Alexander, David Jonas, Vance Gerry
Actors Grant Bardsley, Freddie Jones, Susan Sheridan
Country United States
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix 70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints), Dolby Stereo (35 mm prints)
Aspect Ratio 2.20 : 1 (70 mm prints), 2.25 : 1 (negative ratio), 2.35 : 1 (35 mm prints)
Film Length 2,215 m (1985) (35 mm version) (Finland)
Negative Format 16 mm, 35 mm (horizontal)
Cinematographic Process Super Technirama 70 (anamorphic)
Printed Film Format 35 mm, 70 mm (blow-up)