The Black Cauldron
Taran, a young pig keeper, dreams of being a warrior. With the help of a princess, he sets out to find the magical Black Cauldron before it falls into the hands of the evil Horned King, who plans to use it to raise an undead army.
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Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral)Closed captioned
NoLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Spooky Bonus Cartoon; "Save the Cauldron Mystery Game," Collectible Gallery
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this dark Disney animated feature (based on the Prydain books by Lloyd Alexander) will have much greater appeal for those who enjoy ghost stories and war epics than for fans of musical comedy. There are no songs, and even the comic relief involves violent images. The Horned King twice attempts to murder the hero, skeletons come to life and attack people, and witches use magic to hurl objects. For grade-school kids, the cute sidekicks and rapid pace will be appealing, but the many frightening images could fuel many a nightmare. Older kids and preteens interested in fantasy will enjoy the mystical plot.
- Sexual Content
- A voluptuous witch attempts to seduce sidekick Fflewddur; at one point he's turned into a frog and nearly suffocates between her breasts.
- The Forbidden Forest and the enchanted marsh contain lots of scary creatures. Other scenes feature violent soldiers, skeletons, a dungeon with a tomb, and the menacing Horned King. The hero is faced with death in several scenes. An adorable sidekick throws himself into the black cauldron and dies before being brought back to life.
- Not applicable
- Social Behavior
- The movie offers positive messages about working together and believing in yourself and your friends. That said, characters do rely on weapons to solve problems.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Drunken loutishness among the Horned King's followers.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it