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Background information
Feature films The Black Cauldron
Short films
Television programs
Video games The Black Cauldron
Park attractions Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Voice Grant Bardsley
Vincent Croiset (Dutch)
Performance model
Inspiration Taran from the novel The Black Cauldron and its series
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Taran of Caer Dallben, Pig boy (referred to by the Horned King, his henchmen, and Creeper), Master (referred to by Gurgi)
Personality Handsome, Heroic, Brave, headstrong, Courageous, Occasionally foolhardy Kind Fate Fearless Good and Kind Hearted Love
Appearance Slender, 14 years old, red hair, green eyes, green vest, yellow long-sleeved shirt, green pants, brown boots
Occupation Dallben's assistant pig keeper, Farmboy, Warrior, Princess Eilonwy's Boyfriend
Alignment Good
Goal To destroy The Black Cauldron
Home Caer Dallben farm in Prydain
Pets Hen Wen (pig)
Allies His guardian Dallben, his pig Hen Wen, his Girlfriend Princess Eilonwy, Gurgi, Fflewddur Fflam, King Eidilleg, Doli, Fair Folk, Witches of Morva
Enemies Horned King, Creeper, Cauldron Born
Likes Heroics, dreaming about glory
Dislikes Gurgi's fears and thefts, being treated like a simple peasant, evil, villains
Powers and abilities Average Strength
Weapons Magic Sword
Quote "Look at me, Hen! I can do it!"

Taran is the main protagonist of The Black Cauldron. He was voiced by Grant Bardsley.


Taran is headstrong and courageous, though occasionally foolhardy, and harbors an intense desire to prove his worth and heroism through noble acts. Indeed, much of the movie centers on Taran's search for his own worth. Taran was a foundling discovered by Dallben, the enchanter and farmer. As Taran grew up, he became restless and longed for adventures beyond the borders of Caer Dallben. His time would eventually come when, just after being granted the position of Assistant Pig Keeper for Hen Wen, Dallben's oracular pig, the animal escapes her enclosure.


The Black Cauldron

Taran follows Hen Wen and soon finds himself caught up in an epic struggle that will determine the fate of the land of Prydain. During his adventures he meets (and eventually falls in love with) the beautiful Princess Eilonwy. With her help, he frees the ancient, magical sword Dyrnwyn from King Rhitta's tomb, an event that will set in motion the war that could bring about the defeat of the Horned King. Taran is assisted in his quest by many friends, including the self-styled Bard Fflewddur Fflam, the shaggy creature Gurgi, and the stalwart dwarf warrior Doli.

Disney Parks

A portrait of Taran appeared in the Tokyo Disneyland attraction Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour in the entry room of the walkthrough attraction. It switched to a picture of the Horned King when the Magic Mirror enters the scene and begins to establish that a hero is nothing without their villainous counterpart.

Also during the release of The Black Cauldron, Taran and Eilonwy were walk around characters at the parks.


  • Taran is the first human Disney protagonist to have red hair and green eyes. Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the second.
    • However, he is the second human Disney male protagonst to have red(ish) hair. The first is Peter Pan, the second is Prince Adam, the third is Quasimodo, and the fourth is Hercules.
  • Taran would have been more ruthless in earlier versions of the film. In some deleted scenes he killed a lot of the Horned King's guards with the Magic Sword.
  • In early development stages of the film, Taran's age varied between 12, 15, and 20. Finally, the animators settled for Taran's age to be 14.


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Media: The Black Cauldron | Video game | House of Mouse

Characters: Taran | Princess Eilonwy | Fflewddur Fflam | Gurgi | Dallben | Hen Wen | Cat | Dallben's farm animals | Horned King | Creeper | Cauldron Born | Horned King's guards | Gwythaints | King Eidilleg | Doli | Fair Folk | Orddu, Orwen and Orgoch | Prydainpeople | The Hunter (Deleted Character) | Moose

Objects: The Black Cauldron | Magic Sword | Magic Harp | Golden Pelydryn

Locations: Prydain | Caer Dallben | The Horned King's Castle

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