The best of YouTube (to date)?
June 22, 2006 7:58 PM   Subscribe

The Thief And The Cobbler. Richard Williams via Garrett Gilchrist. The best of YouTube (to date)? You decide. Want some animated M.C. Escher, Rube Goldberg mayhem, magic, despair, true love, a happy ending...and more? Click the link and try the "Play All Videos" link on the right (17 segments make up the whole). Cast and Crew. If you categorically hate YouTube links, pass it by. via
posted by taosbat (22 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Thank god SOMEone decided to recover this amazing film.
I'll savor every grainy clip until someone glues together and burns a bootleg.
Excellent post.
posted by ArsncHeart at 8:11 PM on June 22, 2006

The story behind the movie:
[...]It's taken from the Miramax version, the Calvert version, the Williams workprint, and other sources that he discovered. The quality, as you would expect, is highly variable. There are scenes taken from a pan & scan DVD, painstakingly overlayed and synchronized with the lesser-quality but CinemaScope ratio workprint. There are scenes that are only storyboards. There are scenes where a character's mouth has been re-animated by hand to synchronize with the original dialog, or lack thereof. It is a tremendous piece of work, the restoration of one man's labor of love, that became another man's labor of love.
Restoration info
posted by pantsrobot at 8:30 PM on June 22, 2006

I used to own this movie, but it got lost somewhere along the way. Sad, really.
posted by arcticwoman at 8:37 PM on June 22, 2006

This seems to be a very different version than the one I had as a child...
posted by arcticwoman at 8:39 PM on June 22, 2006

Hi, arcticwoman, it's the Recobbled Cut, enjoy!
posted by taosbat at 8:45 PM on June 22, 2006

this was on myspleen a while ago. nice animation, but pretty lame otherwise.
posted by jimmy at 9:22 PM on June 22, 2006

The 3d translation being done is truly amazing for being hand drawn. Wow.
posted by delmoi at 9:36 PM on June 22, 2006

and now youtube is down for maintence.
posted by delmoi at 9:41 PM on June 22, 2006

It's still worth the wait to check out -and not, "lame otherwise".
posted by ArsncHeart at 12:45 AM on June 23, 2006

This was posted on usenet a few weeks back, but I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet. Glad to see it's on youtube.
posted by graventy at 4:42 AM on June 23, 2006

I've seen this recobbled cut about six times with different groups of friends after it was announced on Something Awful dot com several months ago. It is really well-done and the writing is funny too!
posted by vkxmai at 5:47 AM on June 23, 2006

AWESOME. Thanks!
posted by Sticherbeast at 6:58 AM on June 23, 2006

It's still worth the wait to check out -and not, "lame otherwise".

yep, it is. Sorry.
posted by jimmy at 7:12 AM on June 23, 2006

i started watching this last night--just amazing (then youtube went down for maintenance)...i can't wait to finish tonight : >
posted by amberglow at 9:07 AM on June 23, 2006

A couple of the YouTube commenters point out torrented versions (at Pirate Bay &c.) but I haven't turned up anything. Is there a high-res torrent floating around somewhere?
posted by rafter at 9:27 AM on June 23, 2006

I'd just like to mention I spent quite a while at these links. And I dragged other people down with me. It was quite the evening around here.

"Hey! Did you read about the extra scenes he found?!"

"Dude! You've never actually seen the movie! How can you be that excited about the extra scenes?"

But we were excited. And we haven't even watched the recobbling yet.
posted by redsparkler at 10:02 AM on June 23, 2006

torrent link
posted by amberglow at 12:44 PM on June 23, 2006

Thanks for the torrent link, amberglow.

I'm glad y'all liked the movie.
posted by taosbat at 3:46 PM on June 23, 2006

Just finished watching the DVD. Damn. That was fantastic.
posted by graventy at 10:36 PM on June 23, 2006

gawd I hate youtube so much. I've nothing against video fpps, but flash pisses me off.

nb: the torrent linked by amber is officially sanctioned by the dude that did this restoration.

can't wait til I can burn and watch the dvd in a few hours...
posted by dorian at 8:40 AM on June 24, 2006

Hmmm... I'm having trouble d/l with bittorrent. I installed bittorrent just to get this. I d/l a different torrent just to test it and that worked. I've looked at the bittorrent help pages but didn't find anything that seemed useful. I get a little of it but then it just seems to die. Can anyone offer any suggestions?
posted by taosbat at 10:39 AM on June 24, 2006

Oh, the trouble seems to be in my satellite modem...service call ensuing.
posted by taosbat at 1:56 PM on June 24, 2006

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