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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 »

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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

Ken Harris' animation of the Thief is similar to his work on Wile E. Coyote for Warner Bros, where he was Chuck Jones' chief animator.. 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: [makes to the top of the minaret] OK, OK. Who's got the camera?
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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

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". See more »

Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

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

Edited "Thief and the Cobbler" misses the magic
9 June 1999 | by TygerBugSee 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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