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November 9, 2011

Taran

Taran is one of the main characters from the 1985 Walt Disney film, "The Black Cauldron." He can also be found in "The Black Cauldron" video game. I also remember seeing other merchandise back in the late 80s but it was very rare and now seems to be nonexistent. The film is based on two books in the Prydain Chronicles. "The Black Cauldron" was the first Disney film to receive a PG rating, and would have been PG-13 or R if they hadn't cut a few scenes from the film.

He hails from Prydain, on the Caer Dallen farm. During the film his adventures takes him to many different dark and spooky places. He has a lot of people he can count on such as, Hen Wen, Dallben, Gurgi, Princess Eilonwy, King Eidilleg, Fflewddur Fflam, and a few others. His enemies include one of the more terrifying villains ever created in my opinion, The Horned King, also The Cauldron Born, and Creeper try their hand in destroying Taran.

*FUN FACT* "The Black Cauldron" was the last Disney animated film to be finished at the Buena Vista Studios.

Taran is your average looking teenager. He wears green pants, a yellow long-sleeve shirt, with a green vest and brown boots. He is one of the most heroic and courageous teenage characters in any Walt Disney film in my opinion.

He is voiced by Grant Bardsley in the film. There were many unique things about this film. It was the first to use computer technology, last film to ever use the multi-plane camera (talked about on One Man"s Dream at Walt Disney World), first Disney film without "The End" at the conclusion of it, and finally the first Disney film to have closing credits since Alice in Wonderland.

Taran can be found in Tokyo Disneyland during the Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour attraction. You can also find The Horned King in this same attraction.

 

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