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The Thief and the Cobbler
You may know Richard Williams as the guy who directed the animation for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?". For over 25 years, he and his animation studio in Soho Square in England had worked on "The Thief and the Cobbler", and it was meant to be his masterpiece. Of course, the Richard Williams studio also did animation for TV commercials, in order to get some production money for the film. After 31 years, they didn't get the finish the film the way they intended, and as a result, these butchered versions were made, with the help of that cheapskate, Fred Calvert. He is a practical businessman, while Richard Williams saw animation as an art form.

In recent years, this filmmaker named Garret Gilchrist, has been making these fan edits of "The Thief and the Cobbler" using the original unfinished Richard Williams workprint, in addition to rare footage and color tests, too.

It all started in 1964, when Idries Shah, a prominent figure in the Sufi movement, asked Mr. Williams to do an animated film based on the jokes and stories of Mullah Nasrudin, a "sort-of Oriental everyman" (as Mr. Shah had put it in the documentary "One Pair of Eyes"). After about 5 years of development, issues arose. There were fallings-out over money, and the Nasrudin film was scrapped. But Richard would not give up on making an animated film based on Arabian mythology, so he and his studio revised the film from scratch. It went under working titles like "The Majestic Fool", "Once...", and even "The Thief Who Never Gave Up". "The Thief and the Cobbler" was worked on big time, animating scenes with such fluidity. In the late 1980s, they got a contract with Warner Bros. so that they could finish the film, but it ended up behind schedule and over budget, so the rights to the film were sold to the Completion Bond Co., who had Fred Calvert finish the film as cheaply and quickly as possible, making it look like a cheap rip-off of Walt Disney's "Aladdin", by giving it musical numbers Disney-style.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_aHoRGr8KQ[/youtube] A YT vid of the workprint by TheThiefArchive
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Guess what? TheThiefArchive on YouTube had put up a new revision of "The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut Mk. 4" this afternoon. Go see it now, if you want! Here: http://www.youtube.com/user/TheThiefArchive/videos
[Image: AlexSingature1.png] Credit to EdBoy3 (thanks, dude!)
Wouldn't you guys believe it?! Richard Williams is going to show his unfinished masterpiece at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater this December 10th in Beverly Hills, along with "A Christmas Carol", and he's going to be there!
[Image: AlexSingature1.png] Credit to EdBoy3 (thanks, dude!)

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