The Thief and the Cobbler (Recobbled Cut)

Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler (Recobbled Cut)
Tuesday, July 20 at 8:30PM
Freud’s Bathhouse & Diner
42 Albert Street

Nearly 30 years in the making, a labor of love by a team of animation greats, this was to be the masterpiece of Williams’ career, perhaps the most ambitious independent animated film ever conceived. Williams funded the film over the years with his millions of dollars of his own money, until after Roger Rabbit, Warner Brothers decided to fund the film. The Thief was the inspiration for Disney’s film Aladdin, which proved to be its undoing. After over two decades of work, the film was taken away from Williams when he couldn’t meet his deadline. It was eventually re-cut and destroyed, bought by Disney and destroyed further.

It has never been seen the way it was intended to be seen … until now. Based on Williams’ original workprint, missing scenes have been restored using storyboards and unfinished animation. Restored to its true form, this lost classic can finally be found.

~ by cineflyer on July 19, 2010.

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