The octopus is a character cut from The Goonies. It was a part of the octopus deleted scene.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

The octopus is a large orange octopus with eight arms full of tough suckers.

Involvement[edit | edit source]

The octopus was intended to attack Stef and Mouth in the lagoon that the Inferno is housed by. A quick-thinking Data swims down and plants a cassette player into the creature's mouth. The octopus swallows the device and break dances away to the tune of Goon Squad's "Eight Arms To Hold You".

This sequence was cut from the final product of The Goonies, only included in syndicated viewings of the movie on television and as a DVD extra in subsequent re-releases of the movie.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

The octopus itself was a thiry-two feet long puppet, developed by Burman Studios, the same crew that developed the makeup and prosthetics used for Sloth.[1]

A number of reasons for the octopus' removal from the film have been cited, such as technical limitations that kept the puppet from being able to break dance as was intended. General consensus, however, all hinges on the octopus simply being extremely goofy looking.[1][2]

Despite the removal of its scene from the film, Data still mentions it at the end of the movie to a group of reporters. It also appeared in a number of promotional materials, such as the Goonies Topps trading cards.

The octopus makes an appearance in other media and adaptions of The Goonies. It is present in the novelization, where it attacks Andy in addition to Stef and Mouth. In the music video for Cyndi Lauper's "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough", the octopus attacks Lauper and binds her up. It is also being used for making sushi for the pirate crew aboard the Inferno.

The octopus is an enemy in the Commodore 64 and Famicom Goonies video games.. It also appears in the LEGO Dimensions Goonies levels as a major boss and obstacle the player must fight. Instead of of cassette player, they used a boombox to distract it. While that is happening, Andy suggest that they shouldn't mention it because everyone will not believe them and that it would sound ridiculous (but Data will still going to tell).

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The octopus may have been modeled after the Giant Pacific octopus, which is known to inhabit the coastal North Pacific, where Oregon is.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Fred (2015-04-15). an Interview with Rob Burman ! (Article). Retrieved on 2019-01-22.
  2. NerdNewsToday (2014-05-29). Sean Astin explains the Octopus scene from "The Goonies" (Video). Retrieved on 2019-01-22.
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