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The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)

When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum Yum falls for the bashful boy and saves him from execution. Unfortunately, Zigzag plans ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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ZigZag (voice)
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Princess YumYum (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Steve Lively ...
Tack the Cobbler (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Ed E. Carroll ...
The Thief (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice) (as Ed. E. Carroll)
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Mona Marshall ...
Nurse (Majestic Films version) / Witch (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
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Mad and Holy Old Witch (voice)
Kevin Dorsey ...
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Phido the Vulture (original and Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Stanley Baxter ...
Gofer / Slap (voice)
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Goblet / Tickle (voice)
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Dying Soldier (voice)
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Chief Roofless (voice)
Frederick Shaw ...
Goolie (voice)
Thick Wilson ...
Hook (voice)
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Storyline

When Tack upsets Zigzag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess Yum Yum falls for the bashful boy and saves him from execution. Unfortunately, Zigzag plans to marry the princess in order to succeed her father, King Nod. The Thief, meanwhile, is more interested in gold than love and takes off with the protective orbs topping the palace. Together Tack and Yum Yum attempt to retrieve them in order to prevent Zigzag and the One-Eye army from conquering the city. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arabian Knight  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$669,276 (USA)
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Trivia

The American video version reinstates the original title of "The Thief and the Cobbler" but is in all other respects the edit released by Miramax under the title "Arabian Knight". This edit strips the original soundtrack, adds three song sequences, removes many scenes (including an expanding view of One-Eye's palace, the king in torment, and the clever Thief using YumYum's stolen hand-shaped back-scratchers to survive a hand-chopping sentence) and adds lengthy narration by Matthew Broderick and Jonathan Winters (the title characters were originally almost silent). It also replaces the original Witch with a large Eye, thanks to new dialog by Jennifer Beals and Clive Revill. None of this was in the 1968 voice recording session, starring Vincent Price (Sean Connery also sat in on the session, but his part is lost). The version released in Australia was titled "The Princess and the Cobbler" and was much closer to Williams' original cut, albeit still with the songs. In this version, as in the original, Phido and the Thief never speak, and the Thief survives a hand-chopping sentence. Williams' legendary near-finished wide-screen "workprint" of the film survives on bootleg video, although many scenes are still in pencil-test form. See more »

Goofs

Towards the end of the song "She Is More," when the Nanny puts the veil on Princess Yum-Yum, we can clearly see that there isn't a feather on the crown she is wearing. But in the very next shot, a feather suddenly appears atop the crown. See more »

Quotes

The Thief: [lifts smallest ball off mineret] You're gonna buy me a castle by the sea.
[lifts second ball off]
The Thief: And you're gonna buy me everything I need to turn the basement into a rec room. And with you,
[lifts third ball off, struggles]
The Thief: I tell ya, sweetheart, I'm going to Disneyland!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits of the South African/Australian prints of "The Princess and the Cobbler" show scenes from the movie that were scrapped from the edited versions, including the Thief narrowly avoiding getting his arms chopped off, behind the credits. However, the prints of "Arabian Knight" only use a black background behind the credits. See more »

Connections

Featured in I Drew Roger Rabbit (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

It's So Amazing
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Robert Folk
Performed by Bobbi Page and Steve Lively
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Miramax version vs. workprint
20 June 2001 | by (Victoria, BC) – See all my reviews

I've had the opportunity to view a copy of the workprint Richard Williams cobbled together (consisting of finished footage, storyboards, and pencil tests), and it gives a good idea as to what the movie would have been like if Williams had managed to finish it.

Is it better than the Miramax version? Most definitely. Miramax vandalized the movie by adding those voice-overs for the Thief and the Cobbler characters - a ludicrous idea, since these characters were designed to be SILENT. Seeing these quiet characters not moving their mouths - but hearing wise-cracking dialogue, and dialogue that doesn't fit the character's personalities - is infuriating and very distracting. Though Miramax didn't do all the butchery, since the movie was significantly cut by other hands, and with poor linking animation added. (Not to mention some HORRIBLE song numbers.)

The workprint beats the Miramax version by far - but it's not perfect. True, seeing all that uncut animation - AMAZING animation - makes it a must see. It's breathtaking at times. But if the movie had been finished, I'm sure critics and audiences - when not gushing about the animation - would have criticized the story and characters. There's barely a story here, and it takes forever to get going. And once it gets going, there are plenty of times when the story stops for a pseudo intermission. Apparently, Williams was so charmed by all the vignettes that he thought up (mostly to do with the Thief bumbling around and making an ass of himself), he didn't want to leave any of them out. Seen by themselves, the vignettes are funny and a wonder to the eye. But seeing one after the other...well, it gets tiring after a while.

As well, with all the effort put in making visual splendor and animated gags, it seems not much was put into fleshing out the characters more than they are now. (Though they all have a charm that carries them further than you'd expect.)

Though I do have some sympathy for Williams for the heartbreak he suffered after being fired from the project (after working on it for more than 20 years!), he must accept his share of the blame for his firing and the eventual butchery of his project, seeing that he constantly went over time and budget, and refused to stop "improvising" as well as avoiding scripts and storyboards.

Anyway, seek the workprint and avoid the Miramax version!


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