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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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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

For years, Richard Williams was devastated by the film's production and had never publicly discussed it since then. During a tour for his famed lecture series, he hired security guards to personally exhume anyone who dared ask him about it. However, he said writing The Animator's Survival Kit allowed him to make peace with the film's troubled history (the book itself avoids directly mentioning the film, but makes two subtle allusions to it, even reusing a scene of animation from it) In 2010, he did speak about The Thief and the Cobbler in an interview about his silent animated short, Circus Drawings (2010), a project he shelved in the 1960s before he started work on the film. Three years later, he later participated in Q&As for screenings of his 1992 workprint at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on 10 December 2013 and at the BFI Southbank in London on 1 June 2014. Williams also said he has never seen the Calvert and Miramax versions of the film, saying "I'm not interested, but my son, who is also an animator, did tell me that if I ever want to jump off a bridge then I should take a look." 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

Princess Yum Yum: This life I live in regal splendor seems a waste. If I could help Father, instead of just sitting as his side. If I could help just one person, maybe then he'd understand there's more to me, I'd be doing something useful.
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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 »

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 Nostalgia Critic: Thief and the Cobbler (2010) 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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User Reviews

 
Probably the most bold feat in animation history.
4 September 2005 | by NerdyDonaldFanSee all my reviews

I can't stand this film being so obscure. It was a 30-year-old labor of love that Richard Williams promised to be the greatest animated film ever, before it was taken away by his creditors. All he cared about was the perfection of the art, rather than the restrictions of schedules and budgets. What happened to the movie was awful, but the remaining animation shines through, greatly. I, for one, was very upset with the release of the Miramax version on DVD, with only pan and scan, and a lack of extras. It was an insult to the original version. I really hope the restoration project is revived soon. A fully restored Director's cut is my on and only "Dream DVD". That film really changed my life and outlook on animation. It deserves more recognition and it's a great learning exercise for animators. Stay away from the Miramax version.


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