The Black Cauldron (partially found deleted scenes of Disney animated film; 1985)

From The Lost Media Wiki
Jump to: navigation, search

A flyer for the film.

Status: Partially Found

When the 1985 Disney film The Black Cauldron was initially released to a test audience, many sequences caused some negative reactions due to its graphic nature,[1] despite the film being targeted at older audiences. When Jeffrey Katzenberg joined in, he ordered that the film be cut down and re-animated for continuity's sake, even though it was very late into production by that point. 12 minutes of footage were reportedly cut out of the movie, and clues to where scenes were possibly deleted can be seen in the final film, as the quality of the animation appears to decrease in some scenes, as well as some jump cuts in some cases.[2]

Some of the most notable cuts include the scenes of the Horned King's undead army, the Cauldron Born pouncing on and killing some of his henchmen, with at least two of them dissolving 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 film's soundtrack.[3]


Recently, some production cels of the melting men were obtained during an online auction, and a couple of years later these cells were inserted into a reconstruction of one of the film's scenes, along with shots from the trailer that wasn't present in the final film.[4]

Producer Joe Hale is said to own a full black-and-white uncut version of the film, though he has never publicly released any scenes from it. It has also been theorized that the deleted scenes or additional full cuts may 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.[citation needed]


A re-creation of one of the scenes featuring removed shots.

The Black Cauldron Deleted Scenes Investigation (Part 1) - Soundtrack gaps and Jump-cuts.

The Black Cauldron Deleted Scenes Investigation (Part 2) Storyboards (Sequence 005).

The Black Cauldron Deleted Scenes Investigation (Part 3) Storyboards (Sequences 06.1 and 011).

The Black Cauldron Deleted Scenes Investigation (Part 4) Oddities and Music misc.

Alternate opening for the film.

Yesterworld Entertainment's video on the film and its deleted scenes.

See Also


Animation (Disney)

Animation (Pixar)


Live Action

Short Films