010a – The Black Cauldron Part 1

In this episode, we compare and contrast Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” with the two books it is based on, “The Book of Three” and “The Black Cauldron” by Lloyd Alexander.


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Rachael Ward, Vaughn M. Dennis and Vanessa Marek



“Big Bad Villain” composed by: Kurt Tomlinson

“Dance of Life” composed by Peder B. Helland

“Druidic Dreams” composed by: Adrian Von Ziegler

“The Fairy Tale” (DSO Theme) composed by: Roberto Ignis

“Lords of Iron” composed by: Antti Martikainen

“Only Evil” composed by: KingDiaboli

“Run” composed by: Ross Bugden



Recommended Reading

The Chronicles of Prydain (5 Volumes) by Lloyd Alexander




Alexander, L. (2006). The Chronicles of Prydain #1: The Book of Three. New York: Henry Holt.

Alexander, L. (2006). The Chronicles of Prydain #2: The Black Cauldron. New York: Henry Holt.

Davies, Sioned. The Mabinogion, Oxford University Press, 2008.

Graves, Robert. The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth. New York: Noon Day Press, 1966.

Lane, Elizabeth. “Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain and Welsh Tradition.” Orcrist 7, 1973, pp. 25-29.

Lines, H. H. “Quarterly Notes on Roman Britain.” The Antiquarian Vol. 31 , Jan. 1895, pp. 302.

Nash, D. W. “The Mythological Poems; The Chair of Kerridwen.” Taliesin, Or, The Bards and Druids of Britain: A Translation of the Remains of the Earliest Welsh Bards, and an Examination of the Bardic Mysteries, London: John Russel Smith, 1858, pp. 189–190.

Stephens, T. “British Anthropophagi.” Notes & Queries, vol. 20, no. 8, Dec. 1859, pp. 72–73.

Tunnell, Michael O., and Lloyd Alexander (2014). The Prydain Companion: a Reference Guide to Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles. Henry Holt.

White, Donna R. “Lloyd Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.” A Century of Welsh Myth in Children’s Literature, Greenwood Press, 1998, pp. 97–104.



The Black Cauldron [DVD]. (1985). Walt Disney Pictures.


World Wide Web

“The Black Cauldron / Disney.” TV Tropes, tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Disney/TheBlackCauldron.

“The Black Cauldron (Film).” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Sept. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(film).

“The Chronicles of Prydain.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 1 Sept. 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Prydain.

Crossley, Jared. “The Lloyd Alexander Blog.” lloydalexanderfilm.blogspot.com/.

Dallben.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/Dallben.

“Fflewddur Fflam.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/Fflewddur_Fflam.

Filmtracks: The Black Cauldron (Elmer Bernstein), www.filmtracks.com/titles/black_cauldron.html.

Fisher, Jason. “Welsh Mythological Underpinnings of Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Cycle.” Journey to the Sea, 15 Oct. 2009, journeytothesea.com/welsh-alexander-prydain/.

“Gurgi.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/Gurgi.

“The Horned King.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/The_Horned_King.

Kois, Dan. “Revisiting The Black Cauldron, the Movie That Almost Killed Disney Animation.”Slate Magazine, 19 Oct. 2010, www.slate.com/articles/arts/dvdextras/2010/10/the_black_cauldron.html.

Ness, Mari. “A Demoralizing Disaster: Disney’s The Black Cauldron.” Tor.com, 8 Oct. 2015, www.tor.com/2015/10/08/a-demoralizing-disaster-disneys-the-black-cauldron/

“Prince Gwydion.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/Prince_Gwydion.

“Princess Eilonwy.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/Princess_Eilonwy.

“Prydain.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 27 July 2017, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prydain.

“Reel History.” Disney’s The Black Cauldron, norlinreelhistory.blogspot.com/2011/09/disneys-black-cauldron.html.

“Taran.” Prydain Wiki, prydain.wikia.com/wiki/Taran.

Toffee, John. “Mabinogion Astronomy.” Caer Gwydion, 1 Jan. 1970, mabinogionastronomy.blogspot.com/2013/08/caer-gwydion-hisresidence-was-among.html.

Toffee, John. “Mabinogion Astronomy.” Mabinogion Astronomy, 1 Jan. 1970, mabinogionastronomy.blogspot.com/.


  1. Thank you
    This is one of my favorites books, and I like the movie too, mostly for nostalgia, (I don’t know why if this movie scared me when I was a child)
    Pd: The music <3 love everything by Adrian Von Ziegler

  2. Saood Ul-Hasan says

    Glad to hear new episodes of this podcast if you need help with the information for episode ike Beauty and the Beast, Princess and the Frog, Hercules, I be glad to help out.

  3. Have you heard of this webcomic based on The Book of Three? You should read it- the artist was motivated by this movie’s failure to do the books justice, and its artwork is just superb


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