The Thief and The Cobbler
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  • Beginning production in 1964 by Richard Williams, the film would undergo a huge production history of 26 years from then to 1991. To gain funding during that history, Richard Williams took up doing work for television and film, including Who Framed Roger Rabbit which would lead interest to Warner Bros. acquiring the film. But because the film missed the completion deadline and a failed screening to shown to them, Warner lost faith in the project and the film was bought by The Completion Bond Company (who signed a deal with Warner for the film at the time to ensure Warner would be given the finished film), who would fire Richard Williams and hire Fred Calvert to finish the film (cheaply and quickly as possible). During the next 18 months, new scenes would be done by freelance animators in Los Angeles and even some members of Richard's team headed by Neil Boyle at Premier Films in London. In addition, 18 minutes of complete footage done by Williams was cut and several of the newly animated scenes were different from Richard originally intended (this included the addition of musical sequences and Tack talking, things Williams never intended to have in his film). The film saw completion and was released internationally in 1993, taking a total 29 years for the film to be completed and even then the US Miramax cut released 2 years later would feature additional alterations including inner voices for The Thief and the animals and the removal of the Mad and Holy Old Witch, but restoring a piece of Williams' animation that was originally cut from his original version. Both released cuts feature different voices for Tack, Princess Yum-Yum, King Nod (save for his speech scene), Princess Yum-Yum's nurse/nanny, and King One Eye. All other voices would remain intact as originally including Vincent Price. Since its releases, fan restorations attempts have been made to restore the film to what Richard Williams intended including the Recobbled Cut by Garrett Gilchrist which has been given high praise and according to Williams, rehabilitated the film's reputation.
  • The last animated work by Vincent Price, although all of his dialogue was recorded from 1967 to 1973.

Technical Specifications

MPAA Rating: G
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1
Color Type: Color
Sound Type: Dolby
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Country: United Kingdom

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