BuzzFeed has put together a list of incredible movie moments that almost didn't make it into their films. Here are five of them (check out the full list at the link):
- "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," The Wizard of Oz. MGM's studio head Louis B. Mayer thought the song was too sad, while other executives felt it slowed down the pace of the film. However, producer Mervyn LeRoy and assistant producer Arthur Freed fought passionately for the song's inclusion, with LeRoy going as far as saying he'd quit the film if the song was cut. His threat worked.
- "Part of Your World," The Little Mermaid. During an early test screening for the film, a young boy spilled popcorn mid-song, which lead Jeffery Katzenberg (Disney's chairman at the time) to conclude that the song was too boring for young children to want to sit through without losing interest. However, the rest of the staff fought for the scene, and it stayed.
- "Yo Adrian," Rocky II. In the original ending of Rocky II, Adrian (Talia Shire) is actually IN the audience at the fight, rather than watching the fight from home with their newborn baby. In this version, the film ends similarly to the first film, with Adrian in Rocky's (Sylvester Stallone) arms. It was decided that it would be more powerful for Adrian to be watching from home with their child, giving Rocky his solo moment to shine, which lead to the now classic line, "Yo Adrian, I did it!"
- "Do You Want to Build a Snowman," Frozen. There's no denying this tune was one of the most memorable from the mega-hit film. Still, it was taken out, then put back in, then taken out again, as many thought the song slowed down the opening of the story. They seemed to be content without the song in the film until THE VERY LAST EDIT. "It was not put back into the film until the witching hour before we released it," said actress Kristen Bell during the The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic documentary.
- The Spaghetti Sequence, Lady and the Tramp. As wild as it sounds, Walt Disney himself wasn't fully convinced this sequence would work. According to Disney, "Dogs sharing an Italian dinner would just look ridiculous." Besides being the funniest sentence every spoken out loud, this sentiment also turned out to be completely incorrect, but Disney wasn't sold on the moment until animator Frank Thomas showed him his sketches for the scene.