animated movie The Thief and the Cobbler © Miramax / Allied Filmmakers / Majestic Film
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The Thief and the Cobbler

In ancient times, three magic golden balls that sat atop the highest tower in the beautiful city of Baghdad and protected the city from all harm. It was said that so long as the golden balls remained good would reign over the land and so it might have remained if it weren't the efforts of a clumsy thief with a eye for all things gold. Now the golden balls have been fumbled and the dark sorceror Zigzag has allowed them to fall into the hands of King One-Eye. Without their protection, One-Eye's approaching army will crush the golden city but standing in the army's path is the brave Princess Yum Yum and the humble cobbler Tack.

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When I first watched this film when it first came out, I will admit I thought it was good, not knowing that it was edited. But after reading and hearing...
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It is sad to hear about the film's fate, but "The Thief and the Cobbler" is enjoyable for kids of all ages, if flawed with it's so-so humor by the...
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I defy anyone to dislike this film, it is colorful, beautifully animated, hilarious, and musical, with plenty of scenes you will remember and love; and also I'm...
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Before he directed animation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Richard Williams spent over 30 years creating a film that was to be The Thief and the Cobbler. This film was...
Created by: Miramax, Allied Filmmakers, Majestic Film
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Alternate Title: Arabian Knight
Featuring the voices of:
Matthew Broderick ... Tack
Jennifer Beals ... Princess Yum Yum
Vincent Price ... Zigzag
Eric Bogosian ... Phido
Toni Collette ... Nurse, Good Witch
Jonathan Winters ... The Thief
Clive Revill ... King Nod
Kevin Dorsey ... One-Eye
Bobbi Page ... Princess Yum Yum's singing voice
Directed by: Richard Williams
Produced by: Jacobus Rose
Musical Score by: Robert Folk
Writing Credits: Richard Williams and Margaret French

animated movie The Thief and the Cobbler © Miramax / Allied Filmmakers / Majestic FilmWhen it was released in 1995, Richard William's "The Thief and the Cobbler" had been in production for twenty-seven years. Ironically though, the film was in a sense incomplete when it hit theatres.

Williams is probably most famous as the supervisor of the animated sequences in "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" and it was the acclaim he won on that project that allowed him to get external financial backing from Warner Bros. to finish "The Thief and the Cobbler." Unfortunately because of Warner Bros. box office disasters like The Nutcracker Prince and Rover Dangerfield, Warner Bros. got cold feet with only 10-15 minutes left of Williams' film to finish. With its financial support gone, the fate of "The Thief and the Cobbler" was turned over to the Completion Bond Corporation who decreed that the film would be taken away from Richard Williams. In an effort to make the project financially viable, the Completion Bond Corp. turned it over to outside animators to finish and mainstream. Entire sequences were hacked out, songs were shoehorned into place and Williams' beloved, imaginative masterpiece was ripped to shreds. The film was then renamed "Arabian Nights" for its theatre run and promptly sank like a stone. Later this bastardized version of the film was released to video, once more under the title "The Thief and the Cobbler", and promptly faded into animation obscurity.

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