Missing scene in VHS version


I first saw this movie in the cinema and fell in love with it, and got it on VHS some years later. However a major scene had been edited out from the VHS version, the one where Tia and Tony make the marionettes dance (Mr. Bolt even refers to the incident at one point). Does anyone else remember this? Or does anyone have any idea why they would chop out this particular scene? This was the UK VHS version by the way.


Sad Hamlet to Ophelia 'I'll do a sketch of thee, What kind of pencil shall i use?2B, or not 2B'

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yes i definately remember that scene, no idea why it would be cut, because it shows what the kids can do. anyway just about to watch this on the disney channel (uk) haven't scene it for years. :)

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Now that's odd. I just watched the movie for the first time in years on the Hallmark channel in the United States. While you were watching it in the UK on Disney, Katielizzy, I was watching it in the states. :-)

The marionette scene was in the version I just watched. They're now playing Return From Witch Mountain with Bette Davis. She's so good at playing evil! I still love this movie after all these years. Who needs kids around to watch a good kids movie? Not me!

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Yes, it WAS chopped out for the early video release. Please read the thread before posting.

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If you're interested, the scene in question is on the DVD edition that Amazon.co.uk sells. I have just this minute finished watching it (for the first time, even though I saw 'Return' in 1978).

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The answer to your question lies in the section under this film entitled "Alternate Versions", it reads:


Alternate Versions for
Escape to Witch Mountain (1975)

* Early video releases were missing the magic sequence with the dancing puppets. Disney's response to complaints was that music rights were not available.





Man, I love imdb.

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ah! finally a 25 year mystery solved and i can put my mind at rest. ta very much! and yes, imdb is QUITE the thing!


Sad Hamlet to Ophelia 'I'll do a sketch of thee, What kind of pencil shall i use?2B, or not 2B'

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That is completely bizarre - not only is that scene crucial to the story, it's also one of the most memorable scenes in the film. I got a copy of the American VHS (clamshell case, "Walt Disney and You" promo at the end) circa 1984/85, and can say with certainty that the scene was left intact in the USA.

Alternate Versions: Early video releases were missing the magic sequence with the dancing puppets. Disney's response to complaints was that music rights were not available.


Music rights occasionally came into play in the early days of home video, but it was really rare until the music industry became overtly greedy in the 21st century. What makes it particularly weird is that the song, "Skipping Along," was explicitly recorded for the film. For anyone who's interested (and doesn't wanna shell out the money for the full soundtrack CD), the song is available as an mp3 from an album entitled "The Richard Haymen Collection":

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JRMOBF2/ref=cm_cr_thx_view

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I think i have an answer. I was just watching and on the wall are diiferent screens showing various rooms and Tia's pink bedroom is seen. I think the idea of that old man with a camera in a little girls bedroom is the reason for the missing piece

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I loved the Marionette scene as a child!


-White Wolf "I don't suffer from Insanity...I enjoy Every minute of it!"

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