The Black Cauldron cut content (lost scenes; 1980s)

A recreation of one of the cut scenes, using both cells bought online and missing shots taken from the trailer.

When the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron was initially released to a test audience, many sequences caused some negative reaction due to it's graphic nature, despite the film being targeted at older audiences. It was very late in production, when Jeffrey Katzenberg joined in, that he ordered the film to be cut down and re-animated for continuity sake. 12 Minutes were cut out of the movie, and clues to where scenes were possibly deleted remain in the final film, as the quality of the animation appears to decrease in some scenes, as well as jump cuts.

Some of the most notable cuts include the scenes of the Horned King's undead army, the Cauldron Born, killing some of his henchmen (after two are pounced upon, the men dissolve in a very graphic manner in which their skin bubbles and melts off their bodies, leaving a pair of skeletons behind). Another notable scene that was cut was that of a man's throat being slashed with a sword. Both cuts caused jumps in the sound track.

Recently, some cells of the melting men were obtained during an online auction, and a couple of years later these cells were inserted into footage of the released film (along with some missing shots featured in the trailer), which was then published on YouTube to show how the scene might have looked in motion.

Producer Joe Hale is said to own the fully black and white uncut version of the film, though he has never released these aforementioned (or any other) deleted scenes to the public. It has also been theorised that the lost scenes may currently be stored at either Walt Disney Animation Studios, or Disney Studios (both located in Burbank, California), although this has never been proven as anything more than speculation.


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