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The Princess and the Cobbler (1993)

The Thief and the Cobbler (original title)
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)
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)
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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 ...
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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)
Clinton Sundberg ...
Dying Soldier (voice)
Windsor Davies ...
Chief Roofless (voice)
Frederick Shaw ...
Goolie (voice)
Thick Wilson ...
Hook (voice)
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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 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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Arabian Knight  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)

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$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

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

Quotes

Zigzag: [Tack has tripped him] Ooh-ow! You great fool!
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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

Referenced in Persistence of Vision (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I Feeling Love
Lyrics by Norman Gimbel
Music by Robert Folk
Performed by Bobbi Page and Steve Lively
Pop version performed by Andrea Robinson and Arnold McCuller
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Edited "Thief and the Cobbler" misses the magic
9 June 1999 | by (Monroe, CT) – See all my reviews

Here at last is the long-awaited theatrical release of Richard Williams' "The Thief and the Cobbler." Begun in the late 1960s but not brought close to completion until after Williams created "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" in 1988, it was conceived as an exercise in expression through animation, with an amazing roster of animation legends new and old [Art Babbit, Grim Natwick, many of Disney's and ILM's new masters] passing in and out of the project over many decades, all widescreen and 60s-groovy, baby. But now it comes to us at last, and it's really not all that good. The reason? Miramax, a subsidiary of Disney and perhaps fearing the very obvious parallels to their own "Thief" remake, "Aladdin," has cut the film to shreds. Not only have they added three truly awful songs, deleted one character [the witch, now just an eye], and removed much of the original's best shots, but the rather nice original soundtrack has been replaced with a crass, narration-heavy butchery that adds constant voice to Williams' great silent characters. Those who know anything about the original will consider this a hack job. But see it anyway, if only for the still-groovy animation and to see where "Aladdin" came from. Now why wasn't Disney sued for this? A great work, by one of the great masters, and please Miramax, your version sucks, so let's see the original sometime soon, ok?


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