Bridesmaids — 2011
Bridesmaids is a 2011 rom-com that could make you cry of laughter. It follows a maid of honor, Annie (Kristen Wiig) whose life basically falls apart as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph) and a group of lively bridesmaids down the road to matrimony.
Anyway, do you guys remember the argument at the jewelry store between Annie and the customer? Well, there’s actually a 10-minute deleted scene of just that and let us tell you — the whole thing is comedic perfection.
Jaws — 1975
Considered one of the greatest films ever made, Steven Spielberg’s Jaws follows the story of a giant man-eating great white shark. While quite a few deleted scenes have surfaced, the opening one — a young woman who is skinny dipping until she’s killed by a shark — was altered quite significantly before the film premiered.
In the theatrical version, the scene appears to take place at night although it was actually shot during the day. The contrast and brightness were toned down in order to make the actress’ nudity less visible — a wise move on Spielberg’s part since an R rating would have excluded a lot of the audience that made the film the first-ever summer blockbuster.
Get Out — 2017
Get Out is a 2017 horror film, written and directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and Rose (Allison Williams) are visiting her family for the weekend. Rose’s mother pressures Chris into a hypnotherapy session to cure his smoking addiction.
By the next morning, Chris is absolutely repulsed by cigarettes and reveals this to Rose. If the scene hadn’t been cut right at that point, the audience would have learned that Rose was also hypnotized by her mother as a child. Whether or not she was telling the truth, we’ll never know…
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them — 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is not only a spin-off and prequel to the Harry Potter film series but it also happens to be J.K. Rowling’s screenwriting debut. While Ezra Miller’s character, Credence Barebone was killed in the theatrical cut, the producer — David Heyman — has revealed they took out a scene that could have significantly changed the film’s ending.
Heyman told Cinema Blend that “we actually had a scene. Credence getting on a boat somewhere else. But we cut that because we didn’t want to have it be such an, ‘Ahhh, here we go.'”
Frozen — 2013
There’s no denying that the 2013 animated film Frozen basically took the world by storm. Even people that haven’t seen the movie themselves know the whole soundtrack. In any event, the movie follows Anna who sets out on a journey in order to find her sister, Elsa who has the magical ability to create and manipulate ice and snow.
Although the Snow Queen character is cold-hearted in the original fairytale and the villain in numerous adaptations, Elsa’s just a little misunderstood. Still, this deleted scene may have depicted her as more of a villain — Elsa was going to trap and torture soldiers of Arrendale to get information about Anna.
The Notebook — 2004
The Notebook — a romantic drama that follows a young couple, Noah and Allie (played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams), who fall in love during the 1940s. The whole film is narrated from the present day by an older Noah. He tells his love story to a fellow nursing home resident, an older Allie.
Although the audience can gather that Allie has Alzheimer’s, we never actually see her get diagnosed. In this deleted scene, we get a deeper look as it provides some information that makes the ending less surprising than it otherwise would be.
The Devil Wears Prada — 2006
Based on the best-selling novel, The Devil Wears Prada follows a recent journalism graduate — Andy (played by Anne Hathaway) who comes to New York and becomes an assistant for one of the city’s biggest magazine editors, the ruthless Miranda Priestly (played by Meryl Streep). Sure — the audience does have a chance to see a softer side of Miranda but this deleted scene shows the prestigious editor in a much more vulnerable light.
During the charity benefit, Miranda’s husband cops an attitude with her boss. Before steering her husband away, Miranda mouths “thank you” to Andy for helping smooth things over with the CEO. If you ask us, that just seems a little out of character…
Black Panther — 2018
Black Panther is a 2018 superhero movie based on Stan Lee’s Marvel comics. It follows the story of T’Challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, as he returns home to Wakanda after his father’s death to inherit his throne. There’s one problem — Killmonger, the villain or antagonist who threatens to attack the entire nation.
The run time of the film may be almost two and a half hours but it would have been longer had the filmmakers not cut a scene that takes a deeper look into the conflicts of Okoye and W’Kabi’s relationship. They share a heated exchange about their opposing views as W’Kabi sides with Killmonger.
Scream 4 — 2011
The Scream series is undoubtedly known for its twisted opening sequences so let’s just say that Scream 4‘s alternate opening is no different. In the original version, Marnie and Jenny are home alone, prank calling each other as Ghostface. Suddenly, Marnie goes M.I.A. and Jenny finds her only after the actual Ghostface has already gotten to her. Ghostface then chases Jenny up the stairs and slashes her before the Scream 4 title appears.
In the alternate version, however, they completely cut the chase scene and switched the order of deaths. Marnie sees Jenny die before she herself gets killed, leading into the title sequence…
The Dark Knight — 2008
The Dark Knight isn’t the first or last film based on the DC Comics character Batman but it’s definitely one of the best in Hollywood. Of course, that doesn’t come as a shock considering that the film’s cast is absolutely stellar. In the film, there’s an extended scene that takes place right after the Joker blows up the hospital and gets on the bus.
While the sequence is short and simple, it truly highlights the very essence of the criminal mastermind. After he gets on the bus, he doesn’t even turn around to look at the destruction he’s caused. He doesn’t care about it. All that matters is that it happened.
A Star Is Born — 2018
Box-office hit, A Star Is Born follows a hard-drinking musician, Jack (Bradley Cooper) who falls in love with a struggling artist, Ally (Lady Gaga). In the film, there’s a deleted scene in which Ally serenades Jack on their wedding day.
While the actual wedding festivities aren’t really shown in the movie, this cut sequence breaks down the entire day. Ally starts singing at the piano until it flashes back to earlier in the day when she walked down the aisle. The next two minutes of the scene combine memories from earlier with glimpses of people celebrating later that night.
Crazy Rich Asians — 2018
A critically-acclaimed film, Crazy Rich Asians is a comedy-drama that follows a Chinese-American professor who travels to meet her boyfriend’s family and is surprised to discover they are among the richest in Singapore. The original cut included a scene where Nick confronts his mother, Eleanor, giving the audience a deeper look into their relationship.
The scene provides a little more insight into Eleanor’s personal life as well as her relationship with the family she married into. It’s also a refreshing change to see Nick confront his mother rather than simply accepting everything she says.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 — 2014
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1, the sequel to Catching Fire, continues to follow Katniss Everdeen. After putting a permanent end to the games, Katniss, Gale, Finnick, and Beetee join forces to save Peeta and a nation that she has inspired by her courage.
The film includes a deleted scene that gives an inside look into the bond between Katniss and Elizabeth Banks’ character, Effie Trinket. With her comedic timing, Banks clearly makes the scene. It’s hilarious, endearing, and frankly should have been included in the movie…
Moana — 2016
Disney’s Moana is about a young girl who embarks on a journey, defying her family’s order to stay close to land. Before she can leave home, Moana needs to learn how to sail. Over the course of the film, Moana learns how to handle a boat.
It wasn’t an easy feat by any means but Moana’s triumph over the dangerous seas is a major part of the character’s arc. In the original version of the movie, though, Moana’s voyage wasn’t nearly as tough. Rather than growing up as an only child, Moana had six brothers and in one deleted scene, they taught her how to sail.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — 2014
If you don’t know Spider-Man’s origin story by now, little Peter Parker was adopted and raised by his aunt and uncle until the day he was bitten by a radioactive spider, which gives him superpowers. When his uncle dies in an accident that Peter could’ve prevented, the teen blames himself and devotes the rest of his life to doing good.
Considering that Peter has lost two father figures, this deleted clip from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will have you near to tears. Peter’s actual father stops by a graveyard to let his grieving son know that he’s very much alive! Say what?
Avengers: Infinity War — 2018
With an estimated budget of $3400 million, Avengers: Infinity War is one of the most expensive films ever made. It’s a good thing the film was a box-office smash hit, earning overwhelmingly positive reviews.
With that being said, the film doesn’t really need much saving but we have to say it’s probably best that they cut this comedic scene — Star-Lord, Drax, and Mantis unnecessarily squabble while Gamora has been captured by Thanos. While the sequence is funny in and of itself, it’s hardly the time for jokes or bickers.
Beetlejuice — 1988
Beetlejuice, Tim Burton’s 1988 horror-comedy starring Michael Keaton as the obnoxious poltergeist, is centered around a recently deceased couple who become ghosts that haunt their former home. Of course, the gravity of their situation doesn’t become totally clear until the first time Adam — played by a young and thin Alec Baldwin — attempts to leave their house.
Little do Adam and Barbara know but all that lies beyond for them is a hell-like limbo of surreal desert landscape filled with giant Burton-esque sandworms, at least in the version we’re familiar with. The original scene, though, shows Adam running down the porch stairs only to find himself in a completely black void with gearwheels in attack!
Blade Runner — 1982
Blade Runner is yet another film — or should we say ‘films’ since there are seven different cuts — directed by Ridley Scott. There are plenty of scenes that Scott decided to cut from the theatrical version, one of them being a nine-second depiction of a woman floating in a bathtub.
It is assumed that there are scenes leading up to this particular moment as well as following it, though nothing of the sort has surfaced quite yet. During the scene, we see that Deckard (Harrison Ford) is on the run. He climbs over a bathtub full of water and what appears to be, well, a deceased woman.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — 1986
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off — a John Hughes classic ’80s teen comedy starring a young Matthew Broderick. His character, Ferris, is a high-school slacker who pretends to be sick so he can play hooky from school and spend the day in Chicago with his best friend and girlfriend. Together, the three of them take on a day of adventures and a consequence-free spending spree. There’s just one issue — how can Ferris actually afford to spend this kind of money?
In actuality, there’s a sequence that didn’t make the cut in which Ferris goes to the bank to cash a bond that his dad purchased when he was born. Hughes ultimately got rid of the scene as it made Ferris too close to a delinquent thief rather than just a lovable scoundrel.
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice — 2016
Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice may have not been the biggest box-office hit of 2016 but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t discuss why certain moments of the film felt so rushed. Sure, the movie contained mega movie stars but it still left audiences wondering how the characters seemed to possess knowledge that should have been out of their reach.
An example, which takes place towards the end of the film, is an imprisoned Lex Luthor suggests that there’s an evil force threatening to destroy the Earth but how did he know this? A deleted scene reveals that he had direct contact with that force…
Alien — 1979
Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is a 1979 science-fiction horror film that follows the crew of a commercial starship who is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules to discover, well, THE alien. One of the most crucial parts of the film is Brett’s death as it’s the first time we can almost see the full-grown alien and he is a force to be reckoned with.
In the theatrical sequence, Brett turns to face the alien and abruptly gets taken upward to one of the tunnels. In the original, however, the encounter is much more violent and graphic but most of the footage was cut to refrain from revealing too much of the alien…
The Avengers — 2012
Given that Steve Rogers — a.k.a. Captain America — is a World War II-era U.S. Army soldier who’s been frozen in ice for nearly 70 years, it’s understandable that he feels a wee bit out of place. When we first see him in The Avengers, he’s taking out all his anger and sadness on a punching bag as war memories flash through his mind, and the audience can see that he’s mourning.
In actuality, there’s an entire deleted sequence that reveals just how depressed the Captain has become. The scene opens with Steve watching WWII propaganda films alone in his apartment. He quickly turns it off to look through government files of friends who have since passed. And although it doesn’t happen, he briefly considers calling up his old fling, Peggy Carter.
Spider-Man 2 — 2004
Most would agree that Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest superhero films to ever exist and it might have been even better if they hadn’t cut this scene, which comes after Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) decides to give up on his web-slinging, people-saving alter ego to live a normal life.
He goes as far as tossing his Spidey suit in the trash, which ends up making it all the way to J. Jonah Jameson — played by the ever so talented J.K. Simmons — publisher of the Daily Bugle. While Jameson holds a grudge against the friendly neighborhood hero, this cut sequence reveals that he might also be secretly jealous of Spidey.
Saturday Night Fever — 1977
It doesn’t matter how many years go by or how dated the disco scene is — Saturday Night Fever is timeless. It’s tough to overemphasize the impact that the film had on popular culture when it was released in the seventies. It’s the kind of film that you just can’t help but groove to the whole time (we have the Bee Gees to thank for that).
In any event, when you guys think of the big dance scene that starts out with a young John Travolta brushing his quaffed head of hair, you probably didn’t realize that “Night Fever” was trimmed down to fit the scene’s length. In the original extended version, the scene features the entire song in all its uncut glory.
The Shining —1980
There’s no denying that Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Stephen King’s The Shining is still one of the best horror films to date. The ending shows Jack Torrence limping around The Overlook Hotel maze with an axe in hand as he perishes away. The final shot is a slow zoom into a photo on the wall in which Jack has appeared to join The Overlook family. However, Kubrick actually filmed another end sequence originally.
In the deleted scene, Wendy and Danny are in a hospital recovering from Jack’s assault when The Overlook’s manager — Stuart — comes to pay them a visit. The scene ends with Stuart throwing a yellow tennis ball to Danny, alluding to an earlier scene in the film and suggesting that Stuart may know and have something to do with the hotel’s sinister side.
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines — 2003
Sure — fans weren’t really thrilled that they had to wait 12 years after the Terminator sequel premiere for Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines to come out. Still, though, the film was a total action hit and definitely didn’t shy away from some light comedy although this deleted scene might have been pushing it a little too far.
This specific cut shows a group of government officials watching a Skynet presentation, which shows Chief Master Sergeant William Candy, who’s actually just Schwarzenegger with an overdone Southern drawl. While it’s pretty amusing to hear that kind of accent come out Arnold himself, the filmmakers made the right call by giving this scene a boot.
Revenge of the Nerds — 1984
Revenge of the Nerds is an ’80s comedy classic that chronicles a group of nerds attending the fictional Adams College. They’re trying to stop the Alpha Betas, the jock fraternity on campus, from constantly harassing them. The theatrical version of the film includes a brief clip in which Robert Carradine’s character discovers a vacant, rundown home that will ultimately become their frat house of sorts.
The scene was cut for the home video release as the phone number on the “For Rent” sign was a real working number. In fact, you guys have probably noticed that virtually all phone numbers that show up onscreen in films or TV start with “555,” as it’s not a publicly used prefix. This, however, is one of the rare instances that this small detail was overlooked.
Beavis and Butt-Head Do America — 1996
Beavis and Butt-head was an animated series that ran for eight seasons and was created by Mike Judge. While some found these two socially-incompetent teenage couch potatoes absolutely hilarious, others were absolutely offended by the show’s sense of humor. That’s why it was only fitting for these two dimwits to have their big-screen debut in Beavis and Butt-Head Do America (1996).
Of course, there were some scenes in the movie that didn’t make the cut like this one, for instance. During a visit to the Pentagon, Beavis realizes that the public restroom is out of toilet paper so he wanders out of the stall in search of more but ultimately grabs the next-closest thing — the Declaration of Independence. And so while Judge did enjoy seeing just how far he could go, he decided to take this scene out, which was definitely for the best.
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace — 1987
So perhaps this wasn’t the greatest of the Superman films but we still think that there’s something worth mentioning. If you enjoy a good chuckle, you’ll want to watch a deleted scene in which Superman fights a bizarre version of the Nuclear Man, played by actor Clive Mantle (pictured on the bottom right). Everything about the sequence is over-the-top.
Between the slapstick “POW” sounds to the actors’ movements to the superhero music, it makes sense as to why they give the scene a boot. Still, Christopher Reeve is nice to look at…
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan — 1982
Considered by many to be the best Star Trek film ever made, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is undoubtedly the closest in spirit to the 1966-1969 television series that it originated from. Still, one scene does feel a bit out of place and that’s when Chief Engineer Montgomery Scott cries at the bedside of a dying cadet named Peter Preston.
Audiences were left wondering why this death had hit Scott so hard, as it isn’t the first time he’s had to say goodbye to a crew member. It turns out that a deleted scene in the director’s cut reveals that Peter is actually Scott’s nephew…
Mean Girls — 2004
Ahhh Mean Girls — a teen comedy about high school cliques and in this case, burnt books. Lindsay Lohan was in her prime, playing Cady Heron, a girl that just moved with her parents from Africa. One of the defining moments during the film is towards the end when Cady breaks her crown and throws the pieces to the other girls who deserved the Spring Fling Queen title, including Regina George (Rachel McAdams).
While audiences assumed Cady and Regina hadn’t made up following the “bus” scene, there is actually a deleted scene revealing a conversation between two before prom takes place.
Avengers: Infinity War — 2018
So, maybe Thanos shouldn’t win ‘Dad of the Year’ or anything but there’s definitely more to his relationship with Gamora than what we’re actually shown as the audience. There’s no denying that Gamora suffered years of abuse at the hands of her adoptive father but their dynamic is quite twisted and the two still feel some form of affection for each other.
While Infinity War does a really good job of explaining their relationship, the original cut has another scene that digs even deeper into their father-daughter connection. And it turns out that they’ve both been bottling up all the feels…
The Goonies – 1985
A cult classic, The Goonies is the literal epitome of ’80s adventure films. With that being said, the film did include scenes here and there that weren’t so necessary. In the original version, the kids go down waterslides only to end up in a lagoon and get attacked by a giant rubbery-looking octopus.
Data then stuffs his Walkman cassette player — how nostalgic — into its mouth while blasting a pop track entitled “Eight Arms to Hold You” to which the octopus swims away. While the scene was most likely cut for time, Disney Channel was able to acquire the TV rights to the film and added the scene back in to make up for lost airtime.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day — 1991
So, it’s no secret that Terminator 2: Judgement Day is one of the greatest sequels in cinema history. As the original cut was well over two hours long, director James Cameron was forced to cut several scenes. One of those moments came halfway through the film — Sarah Connor, John Connor, and the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) end up spending the night at a gas station after a shoot-out with the T-1000.
As Sarah removes the bullets from the Terminator, he urges her to remove his main computer chip in order to reboot the system so he can learn new information. Once she removes the chip, though, she nearly smashes it with a hammer until John stops her.
Lethal Weapon — 1987
In 1987, Mel Gibson returned to the screens as Martin Riggs — in Lethal Weapon — a cop who constantly puts himself in harm’s way. While his desire for death is pretty obvious, it becomes even more evident in a scene that never made it to the theatrical cut. Riggs gets a call about a gunman firing at a school, and since the SWAT team isn’t going to show up anytime soon, Riggs makes a move of his own.
You’d expect to see him use some sort of special forces tactic but instead, he walks right onto the playground directly in the line of fire and politely asks “Mr. Sniper Sir” to show his face. Of course, the rifleman starts shooting at a surprisingly chill Riggs…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 — 2010
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is the last film of the franchise. There’s no denying that Harry hasn’t had the easiest life. We mean, his parents were murdered by Voldemort so he was forced to move into an abusive household with his uncle, aunt, and cousin — Dudley. The actors’ performances are so convincing that audiences can’t help but hate Harry’s family.
Still, they do have hearts (of some sort), which you can see in a deleted scene in which Harry and Dudley bid each other farewell. Despite the history and bad blood between them, Harry and Dudley are able to set their differences aside with a touching handshake that could almost bring you to tears…
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 — 2011
And while we’re on the subject of Harry’s rivals, we might as well bring up Draco Malfoy. Draco is the epitome of a stone-cold bully. Not only has he gotten Harry into trouble but he also helps Snape kill Dumbledore. While the audience never actually sees Draco redeem himself for his behavior, Deathly Hallows Pt. 2 has a deleted scene in which the blond-haired tyrant surprisingly rushes to Harry’s aid.
During a showdown with Harry and Voldemort, Draco publicly denounces the evil wizard and gives Harry his wand, which ends up being the key to Voldemort’s demise.
The Silence of the Lambs — 1991
The Silence of the Lambs is a 1991 American psychological horror film that follows a top student, Clarice Starling — played by Jodi Foster. A student at the FBI’s training academy, Clarice is sent on a mission to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter — played by Anthony Hopkins — who’s both a brilliant psychiatrist and stone-cold psychopath that’s serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism.
Yeah, he sounds pretty heartless although there’s a deleted scene from the film that reveals Hannibal can actually empathize…with a fellow killer, Buffalo Bill…
Unbreakable — 2000
Unbreakable is a thriller directed by M. Night Shyamalan that follows a security guard named David Dunn — played by Bruce Willis — who happens to be the sole survivor of a high-fatality train crash. After the accident, he finds himself at the center of a mysterious theory that explains his steady physical good fortune. During a deleted scene, David starts to realize that he might actually be a superhero so he heads to the weight room at the football stadium that he works at.
There, he racks up nearly 500 pounds yet still lifts the bar with complete ease. Once he’s done with that challenge, the audience can tell that David is starting to believe in his superhero powers.
Little Shop of Horrors — 1986
If you’re a Broadway fan, then you’re probably aware of how the stage version of Little Shop of Horrors actually ends. In the film adaptation, though, the director decided to make the ending a bit rosier since the test audiences hated seeing the two leads die at the hands of a flesh-eating plant, which Seymour named Audrey II after his beloved girlfriend.
The original ending, which was a 23-minute sequence, was scrapped and a new ending was shot with the two leads alive and well. If you’re interested in seeing the original, however, full-color footage is included in a Director’s Cut edition.
The Sixth Sense — 1999
The Sixth Sense is a supernatural psychological thriller from the late ’90s that follows a young boy, Cole Sear — played by Haley Joel Osment — who’s able to see and talk to the dead, an ability that burdens him every day of his life. During a deleted scene that captures the constant pain he’s forced to cope with, Cole is seen playing outside with a collection of Civil War soldiers.
When the child psychologist (Bruce Willis) notices that two of the troopers are lying under a tarp and asks why, Cole’s eyes start swelling with tears before he goes into a heartbreaking monologue about the two dead “toys.”
The Truman Show — 1998
The Truman Show is a 1998 drama starring Jim Carrey. His character, an insurance salesman, discovers his entire life is actually a television show and that members of his family are mere actors. The original version of the film includes a scene in which Truman gets highly suspicious because he notices an actor who was in a wheelchair one day and running the next. The full movie clearly works without the sequence but it’s amusing to watch this whole ‘universe’ unravel as Truman grows more and more wary of the people around him.
The Thing — 1982
We thought it was only fitting to discuss this film next as it was released the same weekend the Blade Runner premiered. Anyway, by the end of the movie, John Carpenter’s sci-fi horror had everyone seriously questioning whether or not the protagonist could actually be trusted.
By the final scene, MacReady and Childs are the only two remaining survivors, but is one of them just secretly the monster in disguise? In an alternate ending, it’s revealed that The Thing does survive and has escaped the Antarctic base in the form of a dog.
Suicide Squad — 2016
In the theatrical version of Suicide Squad, the Joker (Jared Leto) drops Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) from a helicopter before it crashes. The Joker then disappears for the duration of the film until right at the end in which he frees Harley from prison.
The audience never really knew what actually happened to the Joker until the director revealed a deleted scene in which “the Joker dropped HQ from the helicopter and crashed. Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) made a deal with him. He was going to take Harley home and be ‘King of Gotham’ but Harley stood up to him and refused to betray her new friends.”
Kill Bill Vol. II — 2004
Regarded as the most violent flick around, Kill Bill: Volume 2 makes the first volume look like unicorns and rainbows. In any event, one of Quentin Tarantino’s greatest villains and The Bride’s ex-lover — Bill — is a cold-blooded murderer. Audiences assume that Bill is skilled when it comes to swordplay, although Volume 2 never really establishes him as a physical threat.
In a deleted scene that didn’t make the theatrical version, we actually see Bill bring the pain during a flashback in which he and Beatrix are wandering through the streets of a quiet Asian town. After running into Da Moe, who’s accompanied by a bunch of thugs, Bill proceeds to school them all in kung fu…
Joker — 2019
Directed by Todd Phillips, Joker is a psychological thriller that broke records left and right, becoming the sixth-highest-grossing film of 2019. It’s the best-performing R-rated movie of all time and to think — it almost didn’t even happen.
During shooting, Phillips shot a scene so corrupt that Joker wouldn’t have even fit the regulations of an R-rated movie. According to Phillips himself, the sequence has something to do with a “bathtub” and it is apparently “insane.” And while the director also believes it’s “amazing,” cutting it sounds like it was the right call…
Step Brothers — 2008
We think it’s safe to say that Step Brothers is truly a piece of comedic gold. Then again, we’re not surprised considering that director Adam McKay created many hit flicks before this. In any event, McKay shoots twice as much film as he uses. In fact, he had shot so much footage for Anchorman that he was able to assemble a complete quasi-sequel out of it. Getting back to Step Brothers, though.
One alternate scene that didn’t make the cut involves Brendan (Will Ferrell), Randy (Rob Riggle), and Derek (Adam Scott). From Riggle’s heart attack that he miraculously recovers from in the middle of the meeting to Scott’s stern lecture to Ferrell’s deadpan reactions, it’s no wonder why McKay himself so strongly encourages improvisation.
Almost Famous — 2000
Set in 1973, Almost Famous follows a 15-year-old die-hard music lover named William. Throughout the film, there are defining moments that have a way of giving you chills no matter how many times you’ve seen the movie. One of these said moments didn’t make it into the final cut but it’s definitely worth watching.
William invites his journalism teacher, counselor, and friend to his house to help him convince his conservative, rock-hating mother (played by Frances McDormand) into letting him write for Rolling Stone. He plays Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” in hopes that his mother will cave. Unfortunately, the filmmakers didn’t get the band’s ‘O.K’ to use that song so the scene had to go…
Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi — 1983
Return of the Jedi is the third film to come out of the original trilogy. For decades now audiences have argued over the numerous plot holes within this film, one of them being the fact that Luke Skywalker was never told the true identity of his father.
While the lack of information provides for an exciting amount of tension between Skywalker and Darth Vader, people are still left wondering why Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t tell him long before the battle? It turns out that the original cut included another line, which explains that Kenobi withheld the information because Yoda forbade him to tell Skywalker anything…
Deadpool — 2016
Deadpool may be a tad on the violent side but it’s definitely not dark. We mean, Ryan Reynold’s character cracks jokes every second. Sure — Deadpool does commit some pretty heinous acts, but the movie does a good job of not dwelling on those moments.
That’s probably why the scene that was cut in Deadpool features a sequence where he and his wife, Vanessa, are traveling in order to find a cure for his cancer. On their trip, they run across a conman masquerading as a doctor bilking cancer patients out of their money. Enraged, Deadpool kills the man in front of Vanessa.
30+ Things No One Noticed or Knew About Cartoon Network Shows
This was absolutely one of Cartoon Network’s weirdest shows. Not many know this but the show intended to be a parody. The result was a half-action and half-reality talk show. In other words, a weird interbreed.
The show was based on the original animated series Space Ghost from the ’60s. At some point, it went completely off tangent, turning more and more surreal. The conversations didn’t make sense, and the jokes were lousy.
One episode of Dexter’s Laboratory, called “Silver Spooner”, was taken off the air since it supposedly featured a queer character. The character — who bears the same name as the episode — had a rather flashy appearance, impressive physique, and a crush on Judy Garland.
However, the truth is that he closely resembled a Marvel Comics character, and Marvel threatened to sue Cartoon Network over potential copyrights violations. For this reason, Cartoon Network was forced to take it off the air.
The Szechuan Sauce
In the premiere of the third season of Rick and Morty, the creators made sure to include a joke about searching for Szechuan Sauce. Now, in 1998, just before Mulan was released, Mcdonald’s included the sauce as a dip for its nuggets — but only for a short while, since it was meant to promote the movie.
Following an uproar by Rick and Morty ardent fans who remembered the food chain’s promotional stunt, Mcdonald’s offered the sauce, but only for one day. The results were messy.
Adventure Time: Apocalypse
Not many have noticed, but one of your favorite childhood TV shows features a post-apocalyptic future. The Land of Ooo is a post-apocalyptic Earth. You can now guess what the Mushroom War stands for.
This also explains all the scattered pieces of modern technology that you can see in the background. When you think of it, it’s a pretty dark theme to include in a children’s TV show. Also, it took a while for the producers to admit that it was, in fact, a post-apocalyptic world.
The Regular Show
The two funny gatekeepers from the show have a surprising little secret to them. The creators of the show have no pre-written script. The actors are simply told, in general lines, what are they expected to do and they just go with it.
Maybe that’s why every time they try to solve a problem, it ends up being surreal or just plain weird. Honestly, we never liked this show. But, that’s just us.
Samurai Jack is perhaps one of the most favorite and memorable childhood TV shows that ever aired on Cartoon Network. Many kids avidly waited for each new episode to find out more about the adventure of Samurai Jack.
However, the show abruptly ended after only four seasons. Its creator later confessed that Genndy Tartakovsky simply didn’t know how to give it a proper ending. We think it’s just a sad excuse.
The Amazing World of Gumball
The show that featured a blue cat called Gumball Waterson, and his best buddy, a goldfish named Darwin, was actually based on all kinds of rejected characters.
It was created by Benjamin Bocquelet who simply amassed together all the characters he developed during his years in the industry, but never got a chance to see the light of day. And so, this is how The Amazing World of Gumball was born.
Cow and Chicken
It appears that Cow and Chicken was created by accident. It started as a bedtime story that the creator of the show, David Feiss, used to tell his daughter before she went to bed.
Later on, when Feiss presented his ideas to Cartoon Network, they requested a more detailed plot. One thing led to another (as often happens in such cases), and Cartoon Network had a full-blown show on its hands.
Teen Titans Go!
Teen Titans Go! is loosely based on the DC Comics fictional superhero team. However, the writers of the series didn’t trust the voice actors to make the show as good as the original.
When something like this happens, it could pretty much ruin the show for good. Surprisingly, the show did gain popularity. We guess that a small intrigue like this won’t stop the fans from liking it, right?
Whoa, Whoa, Whoa
Remember the trio called the Powerpuff Girls? You know, spice and everything nice until chemical X was added to the mixture? So, apparently, they were originally called the The Whoopass Stew Girls, and you can probably guess from the name that they were meant for a more mature audience, so to speak.
The original show was created by Craig McCracken who offered it to Cartoon Network. Cartoon Network did buy the rights for the show, but made some significant changes to it.
Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends
The show is set in an imaginary world, in which imaginary friends co-exist with humans, and follows a boy named Mac. His mother pressures him into abandoning his imaginary friend. Luckily, they discover a foster home for imaginary friends.
The show is actually based on the struggles and hopes of adopted dogs. When you think of it, there are clear similarities between the stories of adopted dogs and abandoned imaginary friends.
Courage the Cowardly Dog
This was perhaps one of the most, if not the, scariest shows that ever aired on Cartoon Network. What’s even scarier is that it’s based on a very frightening story as well. The Middle of Nowhere is based on an actual farm in New Mexico.
An elderly couple who lived on that farm supposedly vanished after encountering a skin-walker (a type of an evil spirit), leaving only their poor dog behind. Of course, this could be just an urban legend, but it’s still scary.
Johnny Bravo was not an easy show to swallow, and it’s not because it was too greasy. After all, the resemblance to Elvis Presley is quite obvious. What’s even more surprising is that Warner Brothers wanted to make a live-action adaption of the animated TV series.
They even hand an actor in mind — Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. Surprisingly, Johnson is a huge fan of the show, which explains his enthusiasm. However, that never came to be.
Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy
The iconic show, which centers on three characters — called Ed, Edd, and Eddy — first aired in January 1999. While it finally concluded in 2009, after no less than six seasons and a television film, it’s still considered to be the longest-running original series on Cartoon Network.
We’re not surprised actually. We always considered this show to be special, albeit some dark fan conspiracy theories placed the show during The Great Depression of 1929.
The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy
This hilarious show has a weird twist to it. The show follows a rather silly boy named Billy and his cynical sister Mandy — both of whom become best friends with the Grim Reaper. Now, no one ever stays to watch the end credits, because you know, why would you waste your time on that?
But, the fans who did it report that, if you listen carefully, you can actually hear the creator of the show saying — “No, no. This is the end of the show. You’re watching it backwards!” Kinda cool, no?
Samurai Jack’s Theme Song
Another surprising fact about Samurai Jack pertains to its theme song. Its composer is the famous William James Adam Jr. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, then we can tell you that it’s the lead singer of Black Eyed Peas — will.i.am.
In case you’re wondering, it wasn’t the only time the singer worked with Cartoon Network. Back in 2002, Adam recorded the song “Secrets” from Dexter’s Labaoroty. Isn’t that interesting?
Courage (Almost) Takes an Oscar
While Courage the Cowardly Dog isn’t exactly the kind of a show that you’d expect to win a nomination for anything, it did. To be even more precise, its pilot episode was nominated for the Best Animated Short Film at the 68th Academy Awards.
However, it didn’t win the golden statuette. We still think it’s a great show, though. The show won other awards, such as the Golden Reel and the Annie Award.
The Three Women of Johnny Bravo
This might come as a shock to many fans of the cartoon, given the fact that it depicts a rather misogynist character, but if it hadn’t been for three women, Johnny Bravo wouldn’t have aired.
Ellen Cockrill, Juli Kane-Ritsch, and Janet Mazotti insisted that Cartoon Network pick it up. At first, the network refused but after enough pressure, the executives caved and agreed to produce it.
Inaccurate Teen Titans
Not many know this, but Teen Titans Go! was supposedly based on a 1964 comic called The Brave and the Bold. While most fans have gained their knowledge about the adventures of the titans from the animated series alone, those who have read the book know that the original titans are different from the ones depicted in the show.
The original group featured Robin, Kid Flash, Aqualad, Wonder Girl, and Speedy. But, we guess it didn’t matter to those who watched Cartoon Network’s version as it was still very exciting.
The Marvelous Adventures of Flapjack
The creator of the show has an interesting life story, which relates to how he got the idea for the show. Van Orman was born in Florida. As a kid, he always enjoyed thinking about living by the docks and going on adventures.
When he was 13, his family moved to Utah, a landlocked state. As an adult, he saved enough money and moved back to Flordia. Later, he got to Shell Island, intending to live off the sea. He later moved to Mexico and lived on whatever he picked up from the street.
Triple Dog Dare You
Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy has perhaps the funniest reason behind its creation. The creator of this animated TV series, Danny Antonucci, was designing commercials when he was dared by a friend to create a cartoon for children.
Antonucci was not accustomed to creating anything for children — until that very moment. However, he picked the gauntlet and began crafting an animated series for children. The result was Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy.
Kids Next Door
This is yet another weird fact about Cartoon Network. The series Codename: Kids Next Door actually started as an entirely different show. Tom Warburton actually created a pilot episode, “Diseasy Does It,” for a show called Kenny and the Chimp.
Hanna-Barbera Studios was meant to produce the show, which would have included a group of kids nicknamed “those kids next door.” However, one thing led to another and these minor characters somehow became the focus of the show. And that’s how Kids Next Door was born.
Seven Years of Chowder
Some shows take years to produce and it’s not because they’re difficult to create, but simply because other things get in the way. C.H. Greenblatt began developing the show in the early 2000s, but it was not until 2007 that he got to see the fruits of his labor.
Greenblatt also worked on Spongbob Square Pants and The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. It simply took the network a couple of years to approve his idea.
DC Universe Collapsed Into Itself
Young Justice was based on a DC comic book that shared the same name. It focused, as you can infer from the name, on young superheroes in the original DC universe. Basically, these were young superheroes who dealt with adult problems.
At the end of the second season, Cartoon Network decided to terminate it. With this happening, DC universe scrapped its plan to produce an animated version of its superhero universe.
Nickelodeon Said No
The network actually said “no” twice to Pendelton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time. To be more precise, Nickelodeon decided to give it a try. A short premiere aired on Nicktoons and even became a hit.
However, the network ultimately decided that the concept was too weird for a children’s show. Frankly, we don’t blame them. Ward tried again later, but got the same answer. Ultimately, Cartoon Network picked it up and the rest is history.
Camp Lazlo’s Complications
It’s never fun to get a “yes” which later changes into a “no.” This is exactly what happened to Camp Lazlo! The show originally got a green light for production that was later revoked.
Joe Murray first came with a different name for the show, 3 Beans, which was rejected by the network. He swapped it for Camp Lazlo and was approved for production. But, someone in upper management wasn’t entirely convinced. Nonetheless, he somehow managed to produce the show.
Low-Key Animation Technique
There isn’t a single thing today that’s done without some involvement of computer technology. This is especially true in the animation industry. However, this isn’t the case with Cartoon Network’s The Regular Show.
The creator, J.G. Quintel, prefers doing things the old-fashioned way. Everything begins with hand-drawn images. After approval, they’re sent to an animation studio in Korea where they’re scanned and digitally modified. Perhaps the end result has more quality to it.
The Surprising Origins of Ben 10
Although Ben 10 isn’t based on any known comic book, it still has some relation to comic books. In fact, some ardent fans of the show reported that something about the show reminded them of comic books.
This isn’t without a reason. The creators of the show — including Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Steven T. Seagle, and Joe Kelly — are long-term comic book creators. So, there’s no wonder that something about the show reminds one of comic books.
A Dexter’s Laboratory episode, called “Dexter’s Rue Removal,” was banned by Cartoon Network because of problematic langue and profanity. This was back in 1998. For years, the forbidden episode gathered dust on the shelves, deep in the network archives.
However, in 2013, the decision was reversed and the episode aired — albeit some parts were censored because certain things are still considered unsuitable for young audiences. We’d love to see the episode!
No One Liked Space Ghost
For those of you who had the pleasure of watching the show, this might come as no surprise. It appears that no one liked the idea behind it and that’s why Cartoon Network almost didn’t fund it.
The creators of the show just used original material and made things up as they went along. It’s no wonder why this show doesn’t make sense. It has no plotline!
Steven Universe Goes Dark
Cartoon Network’s first animated TV show that was created by a non-binary person has a dark twist to it. The show features complex topics and “adult questions” in increasing numbers on purpose.
The show’s creator, Rebecca Sugar, said that this was her intention all along. As the fan base grew, the show became darker and darker, bit by bit. This was done, supposedly, to prepare children for the real world.
We Three Bears
Remember Grizzly, Panada, and Ice Bear? The three bears from the show We Three Bears who are trying to integrate into the human world in the San Francisco Bay Area? So, apparently, Ice Bear is a totally made-up character.
What we mean by this is that he doesn’t have a script. It’s all impromptu. We guess that’s easy since he doesn’t get to talk much anyway. Perhaps he’s just a filler-in type of a character?
Australia Censored Cartoon Networks
While Cartoon Network’s target audience is primary children, sometimes the creators of the various shows sneak in some dirty jokes and a good measure of adult references. This is tolerable in the US, since, technically, there’s nothing wrong with referencing adult topics as long as it’s not too overt.
However, this is not the case in Australia. While Australia has always been known for its no-nonsense policy, this is a bit extreme. The country censored many of Cartoon Network’s shows left, right, and square.
The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack
This sounds like a weird cross-over, but please bear with us on this one. Many might have missed that, but some sharp-eyed viewers noticed that in the pilot episode of Samurai Jack, the decimated city bears a close resemblance to Townsville.
If that name sounds familiar, it’s the same town that the Powerpuff Girls protect from monsters in every episode. This leads to one logical conclusion — The Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack share the same universe.
Adult Humor in Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy
This might have passed over your head if you were watching Cartoon Network’s Ed, Edd ‘n’ Eddy as a kid. The show has some pretty overt adult references. The same was attributed to Spongbob by the way.
In any case, just to give you an example of this — in one of the episodes, the boys are shown to peruse a particular journal, featuring the letter “X” three times over on the cover. We’ll leave it to you to figure the rest out.
Suing the Regular Show
While we simply believe that shows that represent lowlife characters should be made illegal because c’mon, kids are watching it, the show was actually sued for a very weird reason.
It appears that the creators of the show included a vague reference to The King of Kong, which is a documentary about Billy Mitchell, a famous video gamer from the ‘80s. However, a federal judge decided that there’s no legal basis for a lawsuit and the case was dismissed.
LGBTQ+ in Adventure Time
Adventure Time has a very pro LGBTQ+ stance, which is kinda cool. In fact, we’re all for shows that are inclusive and representative of a variety of characters.
However, some didn’t like it. In a promo for the episode “What Was Missing,” it was heavily implied that two female characters had an affair in the past. These would be Princesses Bubblegum and Marceline. Due to negative responses, the promo was discontinued.
What could be described as a Christian-themed animated show has, apparently, some interesting and rather dark aspects to it. The show first had a light and humorous vibe, however, it became darker as time went on.
While the show was canceled after its third season, creator Dino Stamatopoulos claimed that a few episodes never aired. These are rumored to be pretty dark and controversial. We’re not sure we want to know why, though.
Cartoon Network’s Accidental Creation
For those of you who didn’t know, Cartoon Network was created in 1992. But, how exactly it was created merits an item. Ted Turner, a media tycoon and the owner of Turner Broadcasting Company, decided to acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
74 days later, he regretted his decision. He made a deal with MGM — selling it back to them, but getting the right to keep all media rights for films and TV shows produced prior to 1984. He later went on to purchase Hanna-Barbera Studios. With so many cartoons in hand, he founded Cartoon Network.
Adventure Time Banned in Africa
We already mentioned the fact that Adventure Time is quite pro-LGBTQ+. Now, since Cartoon Network broadcasts practically all over the world or to be more exact — in over 50 countries and in over 30 languages — it’s obvious that certain content may not be country-appropriate.
In this case, Adventure Time is not broadcasted in South Africa and other sub-Saharan countries because of its pro-LGBTQ+ themes. We guess you can’t expect everyone to understand it.
Gumball vs. Tumbler
The Amazing World of Gumball is probably one of Cartoon Network’s best shows, and not only because of Gumball’s character. The topics and problems that are presented and dealt with are just so relevant to real life.
In one episode called “The Best,” however, Gumball seems to have picked a bone with Tumbler — sorry, we meant Ramblr. But, you get it, don’t you? This episode is rather controversial since it targets Social Justice Warriors.
In the deep entrails of Cartoon Network, which are actually MGM’s historical bowels, there are crates upon crates of old cartoons. Some of these are dated back to the WWII era.
While Cartoon Network usually doesn’t air cartoons that might be controversial or offensive, some of these materials might be of academic or historic value. Some of these cartoons, in particular those featuring Bugs Bunny in them, supposedly portray Japanese people in a stereotypical way.
Pokémon’s Banned Episode
You could hardly say that there’s anything wrong with Pokémon. The Japanese show was (and perhaps still is) quite popular among children around the world. However, one episode turned out to be quite problematic and Cartoon Network couldn’t broadcast it in the United States.
Electric Soldier Porygon was banned from being aired in the United States since it was deemed medically unsafe. Some 700 children in Japan were hospitalized after watching the episode, leading to a wide ban on the episode in the United States.
No June Bugs
A Bugs Bunny marathon sounds like a good idea, right? We mean, what could be possibly wrong with Looney Tunes? Well, as it turns out, a lot. Cartoon Network planned to air cartoons featuring Bugs Bunny for the entire month of June, hence the name June Bugs.
However, they quickly realized that their old stash of Bug Bunny cartoons is inappropriate or simply too controversial. These cartoons belonged to a different era — before PC was really a thing.
The First Cartoon
Up until 1995, Cartoon Network used to broadcast old MGM and Warner Brothers films. At some point, the channel realized that this cannot go on forever. If they didn’t start creating original content, their days would be numbered.
That’s how Dexter’s Laboratory was born. It was the network’s first original cartoon production. To prepare the audience for the change, the network launched “What a Cartoon!” — which showcased the upcoming changes. We’re glad they made this change and switched to original content.
It’s no secret that virtually every Hollywood production includes deleted scenes. Even our all-time favorite films have scenes that just didn’t make the cut for some reason whether it be continuity, pacing, length, or the fact that it just didn’t quite fit. In any event, we’ve put together a list of various movies with deleted scenes that you may have heard about but never seen, but watch out – spoilers ahead!