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* BulletSparks: Not an actual gun bullet, but a nail slung at an unrealistic speed ricochets with visible sparks, as the start of an epic chain of DisasterDominoes.

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* BulletSparks: Not an actual gun bullet, but a nail slung at an unrealistic speed ricochets with visible sparks, as the start of an epic chain of DisasterDominoes.ChainReactionDestruction.



* ChainReactionDestruction: Done in epic fashion at the FinalBattle, as Tack unwittingly starts one with [[spoiler:One-Eye's immense and intricate war machine]].



* DisasterDominoes: Done in epic fashion at the FinalBattle, as Tack unwittingly starts one with [[spoiler:One-Eye's immense and intricate war machine]].
* DisneyAcidSequence: Considering the opening lines of the film's narration, it is possible that the [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs entire film could be one.]]



** In an establishing shot of the city, take a look at its tiered shape. Then take a look at how it's positioned close to a river and a set of dark mountains. Then go and watch ''[[Film/TheLordOfTheRings The Return of the King]]''.



* EasterEgg / FreezeFrameBonus: During the epic war machine sequence, at one point if you look VERY carefully, you'll notice that the Thief's flies ''actually have little robes on them'' - and their heads are the same as the Thief's.



* FourFingeredHands: Inverted. Zig Zag has ''six''-fingered hands.

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* FourFingeredHands: Inverted. Zig Zag has ''six''-fingered hands.FreezeFrameBonus: During the epic war machine sequence, at one point if you look VERY carefully, you'll notice that the Thief's flies ''actually have little robes on them'' - and their heads are the same as the Thief's.



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Since "Thief" was intended for an adult audience, there are a few instances of this in the original version.
** King Nod having sex with the "Maiden from Mombassa".
*** The way [=Zigzag=] introduces her and the reactions of the King and [=YumYum=] imply that Mombassan women have a reputation for being animals in the sack.
** Phido the Vulture screaming "MY ASSSSS!!!" after getting spanked.
** Where Zigzag's minions place the balls as they carry them away...
** Many times when someone mentions the balls. In one scene, Zigzag gets his groin hurt and grabs it in pain the instant king Nod mentions "balls".
** "I'm taking my balls and leaving." The was changed to "I'm taking THE balls and leaving" in the Miramax cut.
** Having received the royal gold from Princess Yum Yum, the witch promises to "take a special trip". Not only does she take a wild swing around the tower, judging from the strange odors she inhaled, [[MushroomSamba she delivered in more ways than one]].
** [[MakesSenseInContext When the tower of hands crumbles into fists]], one of the hands that falls has a middle finger extended.



* StealTheSurroundings: The Thief's most audacious theft, in the entire film is... [[ImpossibleTheft The Entire Film.]]



** StealTheSurroundings: His most audacious theft, in the entire film is... [[ImpossibleTheft The Entire Film.]]
* StonerFlick



* UnmovingPlaid: Pretty much any scene with tiled floors. This is due to the style being based on ancient Persian miniature paintings, which did not have correct perspective. Averted whenever the animators [[DoingItForTheArt decided to rotate the scene around]].
** [[http://thethief1.blogspot.com/2008/07/dying-messenger-part-2.html This actually caused some problems]] with the scene where a messenger rides across a courtyard, with a panning camera.

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* UnmovingPlaid: Pretty much any scene with tiled floors. This is due to the style being based on ancient Persian miniature paintings, which did not have correct perspective. Averted whenever the animators [[DoingItForTheArt decided to rotate the scene around]].
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around]]. [[http://thethief1.blogspot.com/2008/07/dying-messenger-part-2.html This actually caused some problems]] with the scene where a messenger rides across a courtyard, with a panning camera.



** VocalDissonance: Invoked in the Recobbled Cut.

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** * VocalDissonance: Invoked in the Recobbled Cut.

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* BallsGag: Phrases like “Now that I have the balls, I’ll go see the King” as well as a visual example when characters place the golden balls under their robes.


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

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

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* SensoryAbuse: Some of the backgrounds in the palace can fall into this - especially since the checkered backgrounds and black&white patterns move ''fast'' as Tack and the thief chase each other, resulting in flashing lights.


* AgonyOfTheFeet: Near the beginning of the movie, Zigzag does this after stepping on one of Tack's tacks.


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* HurtFootHop: Near the beginning of the movie, Zigzag does this after stepping on one of Tack's tacks.

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* NonStandardCharacterDesign: One of the reasons that the film's animation is so highly regarded. No two characters are designed in exactly the same way, and every major character is rendered with a completely unique art style and style of movement. Tack's body is made up of simple geometric shapes and a monochromatic color scheme, with a completely round face and angular joints; the Thief has exaggerated facial features and a desaturated color scheme, and he scuttles about like an insect; King Nod and Princess [=YumYum=] have the most realistically proportioned bodies and naturalistic color schemes, and their bodies are rendered with soft curves; Zigzag is drawn with sharp angles and bold primary colors, he never moves in a straight line, and many of his mannerisms are distinctly bird-like; the leader of the One-Eyes has drastically simplified facial features that suggest a narrow emotional range, and he moves more like a machine than a human. You get the idea...

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: In the into to ''The Recobbled Cut,'' the narrator is accompanied by a pair of hands over a CrystalBall. When the narrator explains that the city will be saved by "the simplest soul... with the simplest of things," the hands cover the ball and the negative space between them forms the shape of a tack.


''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 UsefulNotes/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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''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 held the record for the longest production time for a motion picture - much of it spent in DevelopmentHell. DevelopmentHell.[[note]] It has since been surpassed by Creator/OrsonWelles' ''Film/TheOtherSideOfTheWind'', which took 48 years from the first frames of film to the final cut. Unlike Williams, Welles wasn't able to enjoy the end result of his film emerging from DevelopmentHell, as he had died 33 years earlier.[[/note]] 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 UsefulNotes/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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** [[MakesSenseInContext When the tower of hands crumbles into fists]], one of the hands that falls has a middle finger extended.

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** Having received the royal gold from Princess Yum Yum, the witch promises to "take a special trip". Not only does she take a wild swing around the tower, judging from the strange odors she inhaled, [[MushroomSamba she delivered in more ways than one]].


** While the animation compiled together in the Recobbled Cut is generally of excellent quality (and we're talking [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome really, really excellent here]]) the scenes animated by Richard Williams himself, in addition to the War Machine climax (with impeccably drawn, detailed moving polygons drawn by hand in an era before CGI) noticeably feature the most fluent and three-dimensional animation in the entire film, which is impressive considering the animation quality of several scenes not animated by Williams. The scenes animated by veteran animators [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Ken Harris]] and [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Art Babbitt]] also qualify.

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** While the animation compiled together in the Recobbled Cut is generally of excellent quality (and we're talking [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome really, really excellent here]]) the scenes animated by Richard Williams himself, in addition to the War Machine climax (with impeccably drawn, detailed moving polygons drawn by hand in an era before CGI) noticeably feature the most fluent and three-dimensional animation in the entire film, which is impressive considering the animation quality of several scenes not animated by Williams. The scenes animated by veteran animators [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Ken Harris]] and [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Art Babbitt]] also qualify.



* BigBadassRig: The One-Eye's war machine is a ''massive'' one, so big we never get to see all of it at once, and is [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome jaw-droppingly well-animated]] to boot.

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* BigBadassRig: The One-Eye's war machine is a ''massive'' one, so big we never get to see all of it at once, and is [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome jaw-droppingly well-animated]] to boot.



* ConspicuousCG: Subverted. There are elaborately shaded roses, scenes moving in 3D and way too many details in the climax which all look like they required computer animation - but were all [[AwesomeArt entirely drawn]] [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome by hand.]]

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* ConspicuousCG: Subverted. There are elaborately shaded roses, scenes moving in 3D and way too many details in the climax which all look like they required computer animation - but were all [[AwesomeArt [[SugarWiki/AwesomeArt entirely drawn]] [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome [[SugarWiki/VisualEffectsOfAwesome by hand.]]


* DeadpanSnarker: The thief's inner monologue, as provided by Creator/JonathanWinters for the Calvert and Miramax cuts. Tends to provoke a polarizing response, with some finding it obnoxious and distracting, while others think it (along with the animation) is the only thing that makes those cuts watchable.



* DeadpanSnarker: The thief's inner monologue, as provided by Creator/JonathanWinters for the Calvert and Miramax cuts. Tends to provoke a polarizing response, with some finding it obnoxious and distracting, while others think it (along with the animation) is the only thing that makes those cuts watchable.


* BigBadassRig: The One-Eye's war machine is a ''massive'' one, so big we never get to see all of it at once, and is [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome jaw-droppingly well-animated]] to boot.



* ConspicuousCG: Subverted. There are elaborately shaded roses, scenes moving in 3D and way too many details in the climax which all look like they required computer animation - but were all entirely drawn by hand.

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* ConspicuousCG: Subverted. There are elaborately shaded roses, scenes moving in 3D and way too many details in the climax which all look like they required computer animation - but were all [[AwesomeArt entirely drawn drawn]] [[VisualEffectsOfAwesome by hand.]]



* EvilWearsBlack: Zigzag

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* EvilWearsBlack: ZigzagZigzag and One-Eye.

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** Apparently the only piece of rough animation Gilcrist could find for Yum-Yum in the tub was one that also features her twin sister who was removed early on. Luckily, since she doesn't actually do anything besides sit in her own tub in the background it can easily come off as a mirror.


** "The BALLS are GONE! My KINGDOM will COME to destruction AND '''DEATH'''!"
*** And of course, there's [=Zigzag=], played by Creator/VincentPrice in his usual delicious hamminess ("FAT! FAAAAT! [[FeedMe FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!]]")

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** "The BALLS King Nod freaking out has a few examples.
--> '''King Nod''': AAAAAAAAAAAAAAGH!!! The BAAAAAAAAALLS
are GONE! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONE!!! My KINGDOM will COME to destruction AND '''DEATH'''!"
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'''DEEEEATH'''!!!
** Also, later in the film...
--> '''King Nod (In response to seeing Princess YumYum in the battlefield)''': MY DAUGHTEEEER!!! MY DAUGHTER, OH MY '''GOD'''!!! MY CHILD! HELP ME!!! HELP ME TO HELP '''HER'''!!!
**
And of course, there's [=Zigzag=], played by Creator/VincentPrice in his usual delicious hamminess ("FAT! FAAAAT! [[FeedMe FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT!]]")

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