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The Princess and the Cobbler (1993)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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ZigZag (voice)
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King Nod (original version) (voice) (as Sir Anthony Quayle)
Hilary Pritchard ...
Joan Sims ...
Windsor Davies ...
Chief Roofless (voice)
Paul Matthews ...
Clinton Sundberg ...
Dying Soldier (voice) (as Clintron Sundburg)
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Kenneth Williams ...
Goblet / Tickle (voice)
Stanley Baxter ...
Gofer / Slap (voice)
George Melly ...
Dwarf (voice)
Eddie Byrne ...
Hoof (voice)
Thick Wilson ...
Hook (voice)
Frederick Shaw ...
Goolie (voice) (as Fred Shaw)
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Maiden from Mombassa (original version) (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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1993 (South Africa)  »

Also Known As:

Arabian Knight  »

Box Office

Budget:

$24,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$669,276 (USA)
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Trivia

Many characters are believed to be modeled after animators and other people. According to director Richard Williams, the Thief was a caricature of Ken Harris (who animated much of his scenes). Zig-Zag is believed to be modeled after Omar Ali-Shah, who left the production in 1972 (as well as his voice actor Vincent Price). The Witch was modeled after Grim Natwick (who also animated much of her). The original design for Phido was on Peter Lorre's appearance. Tack was modeled after silent comedians Harry Langdon and Larry Semon. The Brigands' design was largely based on the style of political cartoonist Ronald Searle. 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: Ooh! What's that? Oh, a naked lady. But wait! A golden backscratcher!
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Crazy Credits

The end credits for the "Princess and the Cobbler" version use the standard Dolby Stereo logo, though a trailer for it uses the Dolby Stereo SR logo, but the American prints of "Arabian Knight" use the Dolby Stereo SR logo instead. See more »

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References Three Ages (1923) See more »

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User Reviews

 
shame on Miramax
11 June 2003 | by (paris) – See all my reviews

Richard williams started this ambitious animated film way back in 1968. Working with him were some of the original Disney animators such as Art Babbit and Grim Natwick as well as Ken Harris and Emery Hawkins from Warners. The film was originally self financed by Williams with money coming in from his animated commercials. After winning an academy award for Roger Rabbit he got the film financed externally so it could be completed. This turned out to be a bad decision because after going over budget the investors got nervous and pulled the film from him, having it completed by someone else. The film had about 10 to 15 min left to complete when it was taken out of Williams hands. Instead of just completing the film, the person in charge of the completion decided to re-work the film to make it more "mainstream". He replaced much of the original scenes with song segments and farmed out the animation . The resulting film was released in a few different edits. On called "The Princess and the Cobbler" in Australia and one called "Arabian Knight" in the US by Miramax. The Miramax version is much worse because they added constant narration and voices to characters who were intended to be silent. After Disney purchased Miramax, it's version ended up on home video under the original title "The Thief and the Cobbler".

Richard Williams "Work Print" which is the work in progress version is the only way we can tell what this film could have been. It has not been released, but can be found as a bootleg.


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