The Black Cauldron
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Walt Disney Pictures produced this ambitious, animated tale of sorcery and swordfighting. Taran (voice of Grant Bardsley), is an assistant to Dallben (voice of Freddie Jones), a pigkeeper in the mythical land of Prydain. Taran longs to be a knight, and he's given his chance to live out his dream when he is sent out in search of a magical black cauldron which can either be a powerful instrument of good or a bottomless fount of evil, depending entirely upon who should find it. However, Taran is not the only one in search of this talisman -- the Horned King (voice of John Hurt) wants the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The characters, though cute and cuddly and sweet and mean and ugly and simply awful, don't really have much to do that would remain of interest to any but the youngest minds."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"This is the 25th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney studios, and professionally put together as it is, many of the ingredients may seem programmed to those who have seen some of the others."
‑ Walter Goodman, New York Times
"With all of the talent and effort put into this, the movie only amounts to a bunch of premature ideas that are clumped together, making little sense."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Flawed jumble of a film, but a picture of immense artistic accomplishment and dedication to atypical faces of wickedness...there's still so much to admire about this red-headed stepchild of a film."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Possibly not the worst animated feature the House Of Mouse has produced, but certainly stumbling around the darker recesses of the Disney vault."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"It's not a good film, but for one with the reputation of being the studio's worst animated feature, it shows that interesting work is done in it."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"It may have cost five times the amount of any other Disney film in the preceding two decades, but by God that money ended up on screen."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Middle road Disney animation, unmemorable."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"As usual it is technically excellent, but the charm, characterisation and sheer good humour that made features like Pinocchio and Jungle Book so enjoyable are sadly absent."
‑ , Time Out
"By the end of The Black Cauldron I was remembering, with something of a shock of nostalgia, the strength and utter storytelling conviction of the early Disney animators. The Black Cauldron is a return to the tradition."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Disney's worst animated feature."
‑ Phil Hall, EDGE Boston
"A glorious return to the days at Disney when animation was full and detail was everything."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"John Hurt's gravelly voice of the Horned King steals the show."
‑ Christopher Null,
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