The Thief stealing back the three golden balls as the One-Eye's death machine collapses around, over and behind himand escaping without so much as a scratch.
Crowning Music of Awesome: The recobbled cut features truly inspired use of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" to fill in silent sections of the original film.
The whole recobbled edition in general, removing the pop-culture references, disconnected dialogue and most of the Off Model animation in order to present it as the original animated epic it was supposed to be.
Tack takes a level or two in Badassery and destroys the whole of One Eye's death machine with one single well-aimed nail.
The dying messenger, who, after being shot with numerous arrows and impaled with a flagpole, crawls across the corpse-strewn battlefield, drags himself onto his horse, and rides day and night back to the palace so he can warn them of the oncoming war.
Awesome Animation / Visual Effects of Awesome: Williams' original scenes are amazingly well animated. Not only is it technically excellent, but the characters also often move and act in very inventive ways: Of particular note is Zigzag's playing cards scene (animated by Williams himself), which has to be viewed frame-by-frame to catch all the subtleties. In fact, the art was so good that some parts of it, especially the War Machine, looked like animated CGI
For the latter portion, the original cut was supposed to be the greatest animation epic of all time, so therefore, Williams put in almost half a century's work into each frame, resulting in animation that mirrored CGI because of its sheer perfection, especially the War Machine. The documentary on the film aptly describes the Thief's trek through the collapsing machine as "It looks like someone died making it."
One of the master animators working on the film, Grim Natwick, was in his 90s when he animated the witch for the original cut of the film.