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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 »

Director:

Richard Williams

Writers:

Richard Williams (created by), Richard Williams (screenplay) | 10 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Price ... ZigZag (voice)
Bobbi Page ... Princess YumYum (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Steve Lively Steve Lively ... Tack the Cobbler (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Ed E. Carroll Ed E. Carroll ... The Thief (Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice) (as Ed. E. Carroll)
Clive Revill ... King Nod (re-edited versions) (voice)
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 Kevin Dorsey ... Mighty One-Eye (re-edited versions) (voice)
Donald Pleasence ... Phido the Vulture (original and Majestic Films version) / Additional voices (Miramax version) (voice)
Stanley Baxter Stanley Baxter ... Gofer / Slap (voice)
Kenneth Williams ... Goblet / Tickle (voice)
Clinton Sundberg ... Dying Soldier (voice)
Windsor Davies ... Chief Roofless (voice)
Frederick Shaw Frederick Shaw ... Goolie (voice)
Thick Wilson 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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G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arabian Knight See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

$28,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$319,723, 27 August 1995, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$669,276
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(workprint) | (The Princess and the Cobbler) | (Arabian Knight)

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (theatrical print)| Dolby Digital (theatrical print)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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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

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

Quotes

Princess Yum Yum: Father, I'm smarter than any man in this city. And, faster than your clumsy - henchman.
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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 »

Alternate Versions

An unofficial video reconstruction has been created in 2006. It consists of footage from a first generation videotape of the first work-print, the "Princess and the Cobbler" work-print, a pan & scan DVD of the completed "Princess" cut, and a wide-screen DVD of the Miramax "Arabian Knight" version. Whenever possible, the Miramax cut is used to fill in as higher quality footage. The pan & scan DVD is sometimes overlaid over the work-print to allow the highest quality given the limited resources. Finally, the original audio is kept such as the music, original voices, keeping Tack and The Thief silent. This is meant to reflect the original intended version. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Nostalgia Teen: Top 11 Animated Movies (2011) 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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One of the nastiest stories in cinema
20 November 1999 | by Hal-55See all my reviews

This is the greatest animated feature film of all time, but unfortunately Warner Bros took it away from Richard Williams because he went way over budget and schedule.

When they took over they added some terrible songs and dialogue to Tack (who never talked in the real version) and many other nasty changes, then released it in selected cities in the US only.

It took 20 years to get made and has some of the greatest moving images of all time.

The title is supposed to be "The Thief and the Cobbler"

My 8 year old son has loved it for years, never gets sick of it.

Finally, Vincent Price's voice performance is excellent and it was one of his last.


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