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


The Black Cauldron (deleted scenes)
A flyer for the film.
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 reaction due to its graphic nature, despite the film being targeted at older audiences. When Jeffrey Katzenberg joined in, he ordered that the film to be cut down and re-animated for continuity sake despite the fact that 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.

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.

Availability

Recently, some cells 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 weren't present in the final film.

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.

Gallery

A recreation of one of the scenes featuring removed shots.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

10 months ago
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I'm praying Disney eventually releases the rough, uncut version of this wonderful film.
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GreatBeast455

3 months ago
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Considering the fact that Disney announced that they will be making an all new film adaptation of The Chronicles of Prydain book series, I feel there could actually be chances of the uncut footage to The Black Cauldron getting released.
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Supersonic25730

9 months ago
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I need to see this fucking movie
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Anonymous user #2

6 months ago
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jesus fucking christ
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Anonymous user #3

3 months ago
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I'll be honest here: after watching the Black Cauldron, I thought it was . . . ok. The editing was a little choppy, the story was pretty solid and the animation was standard for a disney film. But seeing the bits and pieces of lost animation . . . if disney kept it in, the movie would've been awesome, based off its roughness in tone alone. Sad that we'll probably never see it.
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LaughTrack

12 days ago
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I grew up watching this masterpiece. I need to find the rest of this movie. I know everything about it; any questions, ask me.
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