The Black Cauldron
The Black Cauldron (1985)

Another of Disney's animated features, this one is perhaps not as well known and certainly not a classic, but still good entertainment for the young ones or for animation buffs. There are impressive Disney animation and memorable… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 1, 1985
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ambitious but flawed, The Black Cauldron is technically brilliant as usual, but lacks the compelling characters of other Disney animated classics.

Variety Staff

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.

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Walter Goodman
New York Times

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.

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short.

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James Berardinelli

The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film.

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

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.

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Time Out

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

Disney's worst animated feature.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
It is too uncomfortably dark for children (in a way that made me think of He-Man), while also too silly, shallow and unmemorable for an older audience - thus,… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
With no corny musical numbers and with the most terrifying villain in animated film history, The Black Cauldron transcends its genre and becomes a thrilling,… More
Daniel Mumby
The words 'Disney' and 'cult classic' are very rarely seen together. Disney has had its fair share of commercial failures over the years,… More
Conner Rainwater
Stylistically, The Black Cauldron has little in common with the typical Disney movie. In many ways it works in a good way; it's nice to watch something… More
Michael Edwards
This animated Disney film takes place in a mythical medeival land called Prydain, which is ruled over by a tyrant under the name of the Horned King (John Hurt.)… More
Aj V
My favourite Disney movie of the 80s, this fantasy adventure is awesome, and kids will love it.