29 Years in the Making

The Thief and the Cobbler is perhaps the biggest piece of lost potential ever to be released. To date, The Thief and the Cobbler holds the Guinness record for longest movie production ever. Starting in 1964 and ending in 1993. Animator Richard Williams intended the movie to be a groundbreaking achievement in animation. Utilizing painstakingly detailed hand drawn backgrounds without the aid of a computer. Backgrounds that are mostly complex shapes and patterns. Just one look at the movie and you’ll know why it took so long to make. The Thief and the Cobbler also had trouble getting financial backing and staying with one production company. By the time it was released 29 years later, it had about three different titles (Arabian Knight & The Princess and the Cobbler being the others), its creator was no longer involved, and three actors died before its release. For example, Vincent Price who recorded his lines long before his death. Sadly the final result is not great. It’s about a poor guy who lives on the streets (Tack the Cobbler), falls in love with a princess (Yum-Yum), and fights an evil sorcerer (Zigzag). If that sounds exactly like Aladdin, it’s because it is. I’m not pointing fingers, but Disney has some explaining to do. Even though the movie takes just as much from Disney movies. Like adding unnecessary and cringy songs. As well as adding internal monologues that are very annoying. Especially the ones coming from the Thief. The Thief and the Cobbler was intended be a mostly silent feature meant for adults, but instead we got an unfunny well animated Disney clone.

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The Thief (left) and the Cobbler (right)

P.S. For a slightly better version, check out the Recobbled Cut.

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