Unlike live-action films, animated films have to be thoroughly planned and essentially edited before they even begin (due to costs) and so there’s almost never any deleted scenes as the material that doesn’t make it rarely gets past the development stage. Even if there are, they’re usually animatics or rough storyboards.
It turns out the recently acclaimed “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is different. Speaking with Collider the other week, co-director Bob Persichetti revealed that there are at least ten minutes of fully-animated deleted scenes that are out there:
“[A] rare thing for an animated film is that there’s animation on the cutting room floor. There are about 10 minutes of that from this movie, which is a really high number. And there’s one scene specifically that was one we all really loved, but the movie just kept pushing it out. It was like a splinter, and your body’s like, ‘Nope, you’re not gonna fit there. Get out.’
The very first [assembly] cut – the animatic, at that time it had a special name called Cabin Fever – was three hours long. So there was a lot of material that had to be formed and focused on how it could help support Miles and how it could help not to confuse the audience.”
It’s not clear if we’ll ever get to see them, though when the ‘Spider-Verse’ home video release is announced there’s hope some of that material will make it on there.
“Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” is now playing in theaters everywhere.