The Black Cauldron (1985)

watch the 25th movie in Disney Animated Classics series, based on The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. Was the most expensive animated film made to that time.

NARRATOR: Legend has it, in the mystic land of Prydain, there was once a king so cruel and so evil that even the Gods feared him.
Since no prison could hold him, he was thrown alive into a crucible of molten iron.
There, his demonic spirit was captured in the form of a great black cauldron.
For uncounted centuries, the black cauldron lay hidden, waiting, while evil men searched for it, knowing whoever possessed it would have the power to resurrect an army of deathless warriors and, with them, rule the world.
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STORY A young man Taran dreams of becoming a great warrior, but must stop daydreaming because his charge, the oracular pig Hen Wen, is in danger. The Horned King hopes she will help him find the Black Cauldron, which has the power to restore a kind of life to the dead, as undead slaves called "the Cauldron-Born". Dallben directs Taran to take Hen Wen to safety, but the lad's negligence results in the pig's capture by the Horned King's forces. The Horned King's soldiers interrupt, finally reaching the marshes themselves. They seize the cauldron and everyone but Gurgi, and return to the castle. The Horned King uses the cauldron to raise the dead and his Cauldron-Born army begins to pour out into the world.

Princess Eilonwy
Princess Eilonwy
  Fflewddur Fflam
Fflewddur Fflam

Soundtracks: The musical score in The Black Cauldron was composed by Elmer Bernstein.

Orddu: My, what funny little ducklings. Don't they know that the Black Cauldron is indestructible? Now listen carefully. The Black Cauldron can never be destroyed. Only its evil powers can be stopped. Taran: Then there is a way. But how? Orddu: A living being must climb into it of its own free will. Gurgi: Gurgi is bold and brave. He will climb into the evil cauldron. Orddu: However, the poor duckling will never climb out alive.
Gurgi: No, master. Not go into evil cauldron. Taran: If I don't, we're all lost. Out of my way.
The Horned King: Soon the Black Cauldron will be mine. Its evil power will course through my veins, and I shall make you Cauldron Born. Yes. Yes. Oh, yes. Then you will worship me! Me. Oh, my soldiers. How long I have thirsted to be a god among mortal men.
Orddu: The only thing that mattered to you was the Cauldron, but now it is of no use to you. So we shall take it and be on our way. Fflewddur Fflam: Stay your hand, ladies. We never give anything away. We bargain, we trade. Remember? Orddu: Did these old ears hear the word "bargain"? Fflewddur Fflam: Yes, Madam, your old ears heard right.

For The Black Cauldron, a new way to transfer drawings to cels was invented, called the APT process. The film is notable for its early use of computer generated imagery in its animation for bubbles, a boat, and the cauldron itself.

When the Horned King activates the power of the Black Cauldron the sound of a space shuttle launch was used.
The management team at Disney changed during Cauldron's production. New studio chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg screened the mostly completed film and was appalled by the darkness of the film.
A video game of the same name was designed by Al Lowe of Sierra On-Line and released in 1986. The King would be able to discover the Black Cauldron and rule the land.

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