Parents' Guide to

The Black Cauldron

By Michelle Erica Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Book-based fantasy is darker than much Disney fare.

Movie PG 1985 80 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 5+

Scary but good

This movie is probably an introduction to scary action films. My kids were scared when the pig was being chased around and was squealing. The same pig almost got beheaded. We all kind of cringed at that. The little Gurgi character dove into the cauldron to his death but came back to life eventually. It was a pretty deep movie for being G rated, but overall, we liked it. This is a movie that I had to constantly remind my kids that it’s just a movie, not real life.
age 9+

Unique gem lost but not forgotten

Firstly this film was known for been scary hence why Disney shunned it for so long me I loved watching it as a child from the age of 7 yes I found it scary but I knew it was a movie so didn't bother me that much I was much more drawn to the adventure side and the magic within the world such as the sword and the witches. But taking that into consideration and knowing not many of my friends watched it growing up I do belive for most a older child of 9+ would be more suited to this move. This movie will either be a love or hate film the story is average but theres just something about it that you can't quite put you're finger on that makes it magical..but perhaps that's the nostalgia talking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (20 ):

Perhaps the spookiest animated feature in Disney's collection, The Black Cauldron may frighten even fans of Goosebumps and other youthful horror videos. The main character is faced with death several times, while both animal sidekicks survive torture. With the face of a skeleton and a voice somewhere between Darth Vader and the Wicked Witch of the West, the Horned King emanates evil, while his minions act like representations of the Seven Deadly Sins. Prydain isn't exactly an inviting world.

Nonetheless, Taran makes a compelling hero. He starts out fearless because he has little to lose. As he makes friends, however, his concern for Princess Eilonwy (Susan Sheridan) and cuddly Gurgi (John Byner) makes him more cautious, until in the end he's ready to sacrifice his life to save the others. Girls may be frustrated at the non-centrality of the princess, but Princess Eilonwy makes a strong showing -- aside from a screaming fit near the end.

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