Hey all, bet you never thought you'd see another Journal from me huh (was begining to think that myself at the rate I was going ...) Sorry I'm so terrible at keeping up to date and posting content on my page, I've been meaning to say hi for like a month, but I wanted to have something substantial to show you all when I finally made this journal (aka a new picture or story).
Of course this was before I stumbled upon something I never really thought twice toward yet now it has become my recent obsession: lost footage in classic animated films, in particular Disney's The Black Cauldron. Before now I'd only seen this forgotten Disney classic once when I rented it from the library and, at the time, it really didn't make much of an impression on me but it's only recently that I've understood why: this film was made during the transition period at Disney after Walt died, a period where lots of darker family films like the Secret of NHIM and Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Arc were popular. The Disney team saw the potential in the more adult market and decided they wanted to use animation to cater to that audience much like Japanese anime does today. The team had an ambitious idea to make this the next "Snow White" for this new generation and put a lot of money into the visuals that, had they been able to go through with their plan, would have resulted in the first ever PG-13 Disney Classic-- IF they had been able to. Sadly, even though all of the animation was done for the movie, a new head was appointed at Disney just before the movie was to debut and this new head decided that fully rendered scenes needed to be cut out. He thought some of the content was too scarey for kids, despite the film being aimed at teens and adults. A full 12 minutes of completed animation were cut from this film, taking out a chunk of this film's climax, deleting scenes that provided more character development and gruesome scenes that would have made this film more memorable. For example, there is a scene in the relased version of the film where the soundtack has a noticeable skip where an amazing piece of animation was removed where a man is being dissolved to bone by mist. In a Disney movie! As of now this scene has never been released, but the soundtrack as well as recovered stills and footage from early trailers has allowed fans to partially restore this scene in a video which I have provided below:
And this is just 30 seconds of the 12 minutes that were taken from this movie, never to be seen or appreciated by anyone... Or maybe not. Because, believe it or not, Disney actually still has the original black and white negatives of the uncut version of this film, complete with melting man. How awesome would it be if they released an uncut version of this movie on Bluray? Well, there is a petition to have Disney do just that, unfortunately it ends Dec 14, aka TOW MORE DAYS! If you're reading this and you too feel this movie deserves another chance to have it's full story told, head to this link and pledge to have it released uncut on Bluray:
Let's see, what else... Oh yeah! It's my birthday today . And I Just finished my last test for the Quarter before break, so Happy Birthday to me X3