One piece of advice for aspiring filmmakers: If you ever decide to cut a scene from your movie, make sure you're not doing it for incredibly stupid reasons. Otherwise you risk accidentally scrapping an important part of cinematic history, like when ... (Click for Full Column)
  1. The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World" Was Nearly Cut Because of Dropped Popcorn
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    "Jeffrey Katzenberg, then chairman of Walt Disney Studios, didn't want the song to be a part of the movie's world because he thought kids would find it boring. He arrived at that conclusion after a kid in the test audience spilled his popcorn during the scene, which to Katzenberg meant that the sequence was so mind-numbingly dull, it actually caused the child's higher motor functions to commit suicide."
  2. The Producers of A Charlie Brown Christmas Feared That the Speech About the True Meaning of Christmas Wasn't Commercial Enough
    The Nativity scene was tentatively OKed, but everyone worried that the one-minute reading from the gospel of Luke by Linus would scare off sponsors. A decision was hastily made to cut the scene and bury it at the bottom of the Mariana Trench where it wouldn't be able to hurt any innocent profits ever again with its message of love and unity.
  3. MGM Executives Disliked "Over the Rainbow" Because They Didn't Understand Musicals
    Louis Mayer, the second "M" in MGM, insisted that they get rid of "Over the Rainbow" because it was too sad, and can you blame him? Just check out some of these lines: "If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why, oh why, can't I?" or "Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away above the chimney tops."
  4. The Most Famous Scene from The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Was Almost Thrown Out to Save $300
    Priscilla was made on a budget of between $1 and $2 million, or about half of what Hollywood spends to CG Iron Man's left buttock. The entire wardrobe budget (an essential part of a film about flamboyant cross-dressers) was a laughable $5,000. So when the production had the chance to scrap an "unnecessary" sequence that served no real purpose but would cost them like $300 (or roughly 15 dresses), most of the crew declared it deader than bell-bottoms.
  5. Walt Disney Thought That the Spaghetti Scene from Lady and the Tramp Was Too Silly for the Movie
    While reviewing the script for the movie, Walt Disney felt that the spaghetti kiss should be cut because, according to him, dogs sharing an Italian dinner would just look ridiculous. He wasn't convinced that the whole thing could look romantic until animator Frank Thomas showed Disney his sketches of two dogs in love enjoying a meal together, which to be sure is a weird thing to have on hand, but whatever, it worked, we're not here to judge.