January 13, 2013 1:37 AM Subscribe
posted by the man of twists and turns (24 comments total)
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You may remember an animated film from the early '90s. Set somewhere in 'Arabia,' a land of bazaars and minarets, the story featured a bored, harem-panted princess, an orphan boy, a treacherous vizier with bird sidekick, a rotund and oblivious sultan, a blue-skinned magic user, et al.
But it wasn't Aladdin
- and the movie
had started production
in 1964 ...
Animator Richard Williams, who would go on to direct the animation
for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
, started The Thief And The Cobbler
, his vision
of an animation masterpiece. After it was taken over by the bond company for completion and release, it was turned into The Princess And The Cobbler
for the international market, and then further changed (with voiceovers to for formerly silent characters) for the American market, into Arabian Knight
But some of the original animation remained, and the film has been partially reconstructed
The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled
Youtube user TheThiefArchive
has many videos
of various stages of the movie's development, Richard Williams' work, and makings-of features.
The making/unmaking of William's masterpiece was the subject of the documentary Persistence Of Vision
. The trailer is on Vimeo
. Official page
blog, with lots of behind-the-scenes stuff.
on Cartoon Brew.
TVTropes: The Thief And The Cobbler
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