The Princess and the Cobbler (1993)
"The Thief and the Cobbler" (original title)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  25 August 1995 (USA)
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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 overview, first billed only:
ZigZag (voice)
Bobbi Page ...
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)
Mona Marshall ...
Nurse (Majestic Films version) / Witch (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Joan Sims ...
Mad and Holy Old Witch (voice)
Kevin Dorsey ...
Phido the Vulture (original and Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Stanley Baxter ...
Gofer / Slap (voice)
Goblet / Tickle (voice)
Clinton Sundberg ...
Dying Soldier (voice)
Windsor Davies ...
Chief Roofless (voice)
Frederick Shaw ...
Goolie (voice)
Thick Wilson ...
Hook (voice)


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 {}

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Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Arabian Knight  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)


$669,276 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original script included a scene in which Zigzag conjures a giant dragon to destroy the city. Tack defeats it by throwing one of his tacks at it, causing it to deflate and emit noxious gasses. The scene was never animated, as it would have been too elaborate to animate and the production was difficult enough as it was. See more »


During the song sequence in the desert scenes, it is said they are all illiterate, but earlier they were seen reading. See more »


[last lines]
[original version]
Princess Yum-Yum: I love you.
[Tack takes the tacks from his mouth at last]
Tack the Cobbler: And I love you.
[they hug]
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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 »


Referenced in Persistence of Vision (2012) See more »


She Is More
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Robert Folk
Performed by Bobbi Page
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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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