History WesternAnimation / TheThiefAndTheCobbler

11th Oct '17 2:16:00 AM MeaJae97
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17th Sep '17 6:03:42 PM starofjusticev21
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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:Ziz-zag takes being eaten alive by crocodiles quite calmly, all things considered.]]

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* MajorInjuryUnderreaction: [[spoiler:Ziz-zag takes being eaten alive by crocodiles quite calmly, all things considered. Especially since one of those considerations would be his freakout at stepping on a tack that kicks off the plot.]]
3rd Sep '17 8:49:13 PM FactoidCow
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The movie began as a pet project which Williams and a few colleagues worked on in between profession gigs at his studio in London and was in and out of various stages of production for many years. Investors came and went, initially awed by the stunning, god-tier animation that had been completed thus far, but turned off by Williams' obsessive attention which it required, often resulting in missed deadlines and overshot budgets. Williams, meanwhile, hired and fired animators at will, eventually ending up with a solid team which included Disney legend Creator/ArtBabbitt and a young Creator/EricGoldberg, both of whom would follow him to his directorial debut, ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'', which Williams took on to help fund ''Thief''. After winning an Oscar for ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' in 1989, a studio offered Williams the money necessary to finally complete ''Thief'', under the proviso that it be ready [[TemptingFate by a specific date under the budged provided]].

Williams never oversaw the film's completion: he would up missing the production deadline with the film fifteen minutes short of completion and, as per contractual obligations, [[ExecutiveMeddling was fired from his own pet project]] 28 years after he had began it. The project was then farmed out to an overseas company to finish the last fifteen minutes, prompted by competition with a [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} notoriously similar upcoming film]], and was [[{{Macekre}} severely edited]] upon completion, turning it from an artful EpicMovie into a LighterAndSofter Disney-esque musical ([[DramaticIrony some overseas-edited editions of the film even advertise it as TheMockbuster version of]] ''[[DramaticIrony Aladdin]]''). It was given a small, [[BoxOfficeBomb ultimately unsuccessful]] theatrical release by Miramax under the title ''Arabian Knight'' in 1995.

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The movie began as a pet project which Williams and a few colleagues worked on in between profession gigs at his studio in London and was in and out of various stages of production for many years. Investors came and went, initially awed by the stunning, god-tier animation that had been completed thus far, but turned off by Williams' obsessive attention which it required, often resulting in missed deadlines and overshot budgets. Williams, meanwhile, hired and fired animators at will, eventually ending up with a solid team which included Disney legend Creator/ArtBabbitt and a young Creator/EricGoldberg, both of whom would follow him to his directorial debut, ''WesternAnimation/RaggedyAnnAndAndyAMusicalAdventure'', which Williams took on to help fund ''Thief''. After winning an Oscar for ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'' in 1989, a studio offered Williams the money necessary to finally complete ''Thief'', under the proviso that it be ready [[TemptingFate by a specific date under the budged budget provided]].

Williams never oversaw the film's completion: he would up missing the production deadline with the film fifteen minutes short of completion and, as per contractual obligations, [[ExecutiveMeddling was fired from his own pet project]] 28 years after he had began it. The project was then farmed out to an overseas company to finish the last fifteen minutes, prompted by competition with a [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} notoriously similar upcoming film]], and was [[{{Macekre}} severely edited]] upon completion, turning it from an artful EpicMovie into a LighterAndSofter Disney-esque musical ([[DramaticIrony some overseas-edited editions of the film even advertise it as TheMockbuster the]] [[TheMockbuster Mockbuster]] [[DramaticIrony version of]] ''[[DramaticIrony Aladdin]]''). It was given a small, [[BoxOfficeBomb ultimately unsuccessful]] theatrical release by Miramax under the title ''Arabian Knight'' in 1995.
26th Aug '17 1:42:17 PM Silverblade2
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Williams never oversaw the film's completion: he would up missing the production deadline with the film fifteen minutes short of completion and, as per contractual obligations, [[ExecutiveMeddling was fired from his own pet project]] 28 years after he had began it. The project was then farmed out to an overseas company to finish the last fifteen minutes, prompted by competition with a [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} notoriously similar upcoming film]], and was [[{{Macekre}} severely edited]] upon completion, turning it from an artful EpicMovie into a LighterAndSofter Disney-esque musical ([[DramaticIrony some overseas-edited editions of the film even advertise it as TheMockbuster version of]] ''[[DramaticIrony Aladdin]]''). It was given a small, [[BoxOfficeBomb ultimately unsuccessful]] theatrical release by Mirimax under the title ''Arabian Knight'' in 1995.

A few years after the release of the Mirimax cut, Williams' personal workprint of the film, which had been smuggled out by some employees after he had been fired, appeared on the internet under the name ''The Recobbled Cut'' under the supervision of Garrett Gilchrist. The cut contains virtually all of the completed animation, as well as pencil tests and storyboards, to create as close an approximation as possible to Williams' original vision, allowing it to finally be seen by the masses. It has developed an extremely strong cult following among animators and animation fans, and has topped many "Greatest Unfinished Films" lists, as a veritable holy grail in the medium of hand-drawn animation. It has seen been passed around all over the internet, sometimes in drastically different forms.

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Williams never oversaw the film's completion: he would up missing the production deadline with the film fifteen minutes short of completion and, as per contractual obligations, [[ExecutiveMeddling was fired from his own pet project]] 28 years after he had began it. The project was then farmed out to an overseas company to finish the last fifteen minutes, prompted by competition with a [[Disney/{{Aladdin}} notoriously similar upcoming film]], and was [[{{Macekre}} severely edited]] upon completion, turning it from an artful EpicMovie into a LighterAndSofter Disney-esque musical ([[DramaticIrony some overseas-edited editions of the film even advertise it as TheMockbuster version of]] ''[[DramaticIrony Aladdin]]''). It was given a small, [[BoxOfficeBomb ultimately unsuccessful]] theatrical release by Mirimax Miramax under the title ''Arabian Knight'' in 1995.

A few years after the release of the Mirimax Miramax cut, Williams' personal workprint of the film, which had been smuggled out by some employees after he had been fired, appeared on the internet under the name ''The Recobbled Cut'' under the supervision of Garrett Gilchrist. The cut contains virtually all of the completed animation, as well as pencil tests and storyboards, to create as close an approximation as possible to Williams' original vision, allowing it to finally be seen by the masses. It has developed an extremely strong cult following among animators and animation fans, and has topped many "Greatest Unfinished Films" lists, as a veritable holy grail in the medium of hand-drawn animation. It has seen been passed around all over the internet, sometimes in drastically different forms.
20th Aug '17 11:14:20 PM MLPAndFriendsComic301991
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[[caption-width-right:250:[[OpeningNarration "It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens...]][[MindScrew ...that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality..."]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:250:[[OpeningNarration "It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens...]][[MindScrew ...that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, dream of an inward and invisible reality..."]]]]
20th Aug '17 11:13:45 PM MLPAndFriendsComic301991
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[[caption-width-right:250:[[OpeningNarration "It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens...]][[MindScrew ...that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality..."]]]]
20th Aug '17 11:05:10 PM MLPAndFriendsComic301991
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* DisneyAcidSequence: Considering the opening lines of the film's narration, it is possible that the [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs entire film could be one.]]


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* WeaksauceWeakness: The Mighty One-Eye's behemoth of a war machine (which is so vast that it takes at least ten minutes, if not longer, for the Thief to escape from it) is defeated by, of all things, a single tack.
23rd May '17 10:21:04 AM WakefulPigeon
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* BigBadDuumvirate: One-Eye and Zigzag

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* BigBadDuumvirate: One-Eye and ZigzagZigzag, though One-Eye is more dangerous in terms of strength and plans, even ordering Zigzag to ride at the front of the war machine.
25th Mar '17 7:47:41 AM erforce
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--> -- '''Creator/RichardWilliams''', before losing rights to his film

'''''The Thief and the Cobbler''''' (also ''The Princess and the Cobbler'', or ''Arabian Knight'', depending on which version you're watching) is a legendary attempt by master animator Creator/RichardWilliams to create the greatest animated feature ever. At more than 30 years, it holds the record for the longest production time for a motion picture - much of it spent in DevelopmentHell. Williams envisioned the film as his personal masterpiece (in the traditional sense, as in "the piece you create when you've mastered your medium") and wanted to fill the entire movie with every technique and trick he had learned from the top animators of TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, effectively putting on display the ultimate capabilities of hand-drawn animation. It is considered a lost treasure of [[WesternAnimation animation]], with many critics calling it the [[MissingEpisode greatest unfinished film of all time]]).

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--> -- -->-- '''Creator/RichardWilliams''', before losing rights to his film

'''''The ''The Thief and the Cobbler''''' Cobbler'' (also ''The Princess and the Cobbler'', or ''Arabian Knight'', depending on which version you're watching) is a legendary attempt by master animator Creator/RichardWilliams to create the greatest animated feature ever. At more than 30 years, it holds the record for the longest production time for a motion picture - much of it spent in DevelopmentHell. Williams envisioned the film as his personal masterpiece (in the traditional sense, as in "the piece you create when you've mastered your medium") and wanted to fill the entire movie with every technique and trick he had learned from the top animators of TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation, effectively putting on display the ultimate capabilities of hand-drawn animation. It is considered a lost treasure of [[WesternAnimation animation]], with many critics calling it the [[MissingEpisode greatest unfinished film of all time]]).



* InkSuitActor: After VincentPrice was cast as Zigzag's voice, his design was modified to resemble Price. This is more obvious when Williams shows his caricature of Price in Literature/TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit -- it resembles Zigzag quite a lot!

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* InkSuitActor: After VincentPrice Creator/VincentPrice was cast as Zigzag's voice, his design was modified to resemble Price. This is more obvious when Williams shows his caricature of Price in Literature/TheAnimatorsSurvivalKit -- it resembles Zigzag quite a lot!



*** And of course, there's [=Zigzag=], played by Vincent Price in his usual delicious hamminess ("FAT! FAAAAT! [[FeedMe FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!]]")

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*** And of course, there's [=Zigzag=], played by Vincent Price Creator/VincentPrice in his usual delicious hamminess ("FAT! FAAAAT! [[FeedMe FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!]]")



* {{Redubbing}}: The Allied Filmmakers and Miramax editions redubbed the main British voices with American ones, except for Vincent Price.

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* {{Redubbing}}: The Allied Filmmakers and Miramax editions redubbed the main British voices with American ones, except for Vincent Price.Creator/VincentPrice.
25th Mar '17 7:40:11 AM CaptainTedium
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* ToiletHumour: At one point, there is a scene where the Thief appears to be urinating on a tree. He turns around to reveal that he's actually squeezing water out of his rags.
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