- The magnificent opening to the movie, even if a lot of the animation was never finished; presenting the premise inside a swirling crystal ball held by two ancient, gnarled hands.Narrator: It is written among the limitless constellations of the heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and on every grain of sand of the deserts... that the world which we see, is an inward and invisible dream of an inward reality...Second Narrator: Once upon a time, there was a Golden City...
- The Thief stealing back the three golden balls as the One-Eye's death machine collapses around, over and behind him and escaping without a scratch.
- He then tops that by, as the film is coming to an end, pocketing the THE END letters followed by the entire film!
- The fact that the Thief was able to completely avoid the consequences of his job, as the punishment for theft in Muslim cultures was extremely strict; the loss of your hands. At one point, the palace guards catches him trying to steal jewels from an urn and try to exact that punishment, but the Thief fakes them out by using a pair of hand-shaped back-scratchers he stole from Princess Yum-Yum.
- The "Recobbled" cut features truly inspired use of Rimsky-Korsakov's "Scheherazade" to fill in silent sections of the original film. It also removes 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. Sadly the movie is still only okay, but to come this close to achieving Williams' vision is an impressive achievement.
- 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 two reworks of the film add a quick scuffle between Tack and Zigzag, giving Tack a more direct and satisfying payback to the petty vizier who terrorized him from the start of the film. Zigzag twice tries to choke Tack to death, but Tack kicks him off and then stitches his clothing to bound his hands and legs together, leaving Zigzag to humiliatingly hop away.
- The M. C. Escher inspired chase scene.
- 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. He lets himself die only when his duty is done.
- 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, 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 film's original cut.
- The unbelievably awesome scene of the Thief going through the War Machine was actually commissioned as a test sequence after interest was taken into funding the film. Who was the potential investor, you may ask? Mohammed bin Faisal Al Saud; a Saudi Arabian prince.
- One of the funniest and awesome bits of animation that is enhanced by the soundtrack, is the final scene, as we pan out to THE END and the Thief walks in, takes the letters, then grabs something just off screen, the soundtrack warping, then you see him steal everything except the end credits!
- Zig-Zag, despite being portrayed as a scheming coward for the most part, has two fairly significant Awesome moments.
- First, after One-Eye tries to just dispose of him in a crocodile pit, Zig-Zag rides back into the camp on the crocodiles, and coldly tells One-Eye to not underestimate him again.
- Second, his death scene. In a tragic twist of fate, he ends up back in the crocodile pit seconds after he walks past a random hole in the ground that unbeknownst to him leads to the pit. Though Zigzag initially tries to sweet-talk the crocodiles, they waste no time to eat him alive. However, he doesnt scream or beg for his life, he takes the bites as if theyre merely pinches. However, hes genuinely heartbroken when Phido joins in on the feast and delivers the killing blow by devouring his head. Its especially awesome considering that he freaked out like a lunatic just from stepping on a nail, TWICE.Zig-Zag: You too Fido, man's best friend? For Zig-Zag then, it is... the End...
- The King rushing to rally the defenses of the Golden City, especially considering that he spent most of the film half-asleep and indifferent to almost everything. He really IS a capable leader, even if we didn't see it until now.
- One-Eye showing why he is The Dreaded, commanding a big, perfectly coordinated war machine that marches on the Golden City... until Tack steps in.
- Princess Yum-Yum has a big fur bed that's actually a bunch of enormous white wolves laying in a circle. And they're all loyal to her, as shown when they snarl at the Thief when he sneaks in.
Awesome / The Thief and the Cobbler