Disney's animated movies aren't perfect, but when we were kids they were the next best thing. But even these movie masterpieces had some questionable rough drafts. See how you would have reacted to these 11 weird changes that came this close to happening:
1. Lady and the Tramp walk their "pets"
Lady and the Tramp had some classic scenes, including the famous "spaghetti kiss," but it's plain to see why this one wound up on the cutting room floor. Tramp imagines dogs "turning the tables" on their owners with a scene of dogs "walking" their human pets in the park in this deleted scene.
Even as a cartoon, the scene is just as creepy and strange as it sounds, which is exactly why it was cut out of the movie. It's definitely uncomfortable watching some fella "go" during his walk in the human park. But somehow the cat scene still made it in?
2. The Black Cauldron's gruesome deaths
While it's not exactly Game of Thrones, Disney's fantasy adventure The Black Cauldron was pretty intense for a kids movie when it was released in 1985. But it was almost much worse. Parents ran out of test screenings carrying crying children, and as much as 12 minutes of the original film was cut before it hit theaters.
Some of the deleted scenes include the evil Horned King's "Cauldron Born" soldiers slicing open their enemies, and a particularly gruesome shot of them being dissolved at the end of the movie. It definitely doesn't sound very "Disney."
3. Woody was the bad guy in Toy Story
Woody was already a bit of a jerk in Toy Story, but he had his reasons for being wary of Buzz and his antics. But it turns out the character was meant to be much more menacing. The original design for Woody was as a Howdy Doody style puppet, complete with a creepy stare.
The puppet was meant to be a jealous leader of the toys who was overthrown by the rest of the gang at the movie's climax. Disney higher-ups reportedly hated the story and thought the puppet look was creepy (they were right). In the end, we're glad that Woody got his makeover.
4. The Muses were meant to have even more girl power...
When songwriter Alan Menken was working on "I Won't Say," Meg's standout song in Hercules, he had a very popular girl group in mind to play the Muses. The Spice Girls were meant to back up Susan Egan during the number, but unfortunately scheduling conflicts made the collaboration impossible.
I won't say that's a completely bad thing, because the voice actors behind the movie's Greek chorus did an awesome job. It's hard to imagine Posh, Scary, and the rest of the girls could even measure up.
5. Aladdin almost looked like Marty McFly
Animators working on character design for Aladdin originally drew the main character to look like an Arabian Michael J. Fox, before Disney execs changed their direction. Animators were told to "hunk Aladdin up," which explains why he's missing his shirt for the entire movie.
In an even stranger twist, the new face the animators settled on was Tom Cruise's. They apparently pinned a photo of his "straight-off-the-forehead-nose" to their bulletin board for months. Can you see the resemblance?
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