I'd like to announce that my next project is a restoration of the rarely-seen animated classic The Thief and the Cobbler, created by Richard Williams, who animated Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
UPDATE: -- Complete on DVD as of May 2006! Watch the entire film on Youtube! Download the DVD at Demonoid via torrent for free!
Mark II revised version available as of August 2006, direct from the author.
I'd like to thank Baby Hum, Stanch and Chris Sobieniak, among others, for their help in procuring the necessary materials. I've just looked at them and was inspired all over again by this classic film.
I know that many of you will not have heard of this film, and so it doesn't sound as interesting to you as Star Wars, which everyone knows.
But this edit needs to be done. Unlike Star Wars, the film has never been seen the way it was intended to be seen. It was recut to death by Disney in an effort to destroy it, and is not well known even today.
I consider it a public service to restore Richard Williams' original vision, on which he spent 26 years. Those who have never heard of this film, maybe you'll discover it in my cut.
Here we are then. The Thief and the Cobbler. Recobbled Director's Cut.
THIS SET WILL FEATURE --
Digitally-remastered widescreen version of the original version of Thief and the Cobbler, taken from beautiful DVD sources but matching the workprint ...
+ The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut
The definitive unofficial presentation of this classic film. Painstakingly restored.
- Recobbled Cut Trailer
- Arabian Knight Trailer
- Allied Filmmakers Trailer - New for Mark II!
- Nine Image Galleries - 3 New for Mark II!
"Deleted Characters" section featuring:
- Enchanted Prince Bubba: Witch sequence
- Princess Meemee - Bath sequence
- Mullah Nasruddin: Bread sequence - New for Mark II!
- Animated menus featuring pencil tests from the original film
- About the Film
- Restoration commentary by Garrett Gilchrist and Patrick McCart
RICHARD WILLIAMS COLLECTION:
+ The Thief and the Cobbler workprint and DVD-ROM extras
+ The Thief Who Never Gave Up Documentary/Charge of the Light Brigade/Return of the Pink Panther
+ Making of Nasrudin - A Creative Man (1966), Clapperboard 1&2 (1972), Liquidator titles, Panther ads
+ NEW! Richard Williams Studio Animated Commercials (50 min), Animating Art, Nasruddin "Bread Scene" clip, Roger Rabbit Trailer, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum end titles, Thief Warner Bros. Licensing Trailer, Allied Filmmakers Trailer, Arabian Knight Trailer
+ Rare Thief and the Cobbler pencil-camera tests/The Pink Panther Strikes Again titles/I Drew Roger Rabbit/A Christmas Carol/Arabian Knight Trailer
+ Ziggy's Gift/Ziggy Cartoons/Fred Calvert's Princess and the Cobbler: Work In Progress Version
+ Raggedy Ann & Andy ("fake widescreen" 24p remastered - also available in normal pan & scan)
+ Arabian Knight (Miramax Cut) Japanese widescreen DVD (Arabian Knight is also available in pan & scan)
+ The Princess and the Cobbler (Calvert Cut) Australian Pan & Scan DVD (PAL)
+ The Princess and the Cobbler (Calvert Cut) Timecoded Widescreen from rare VHS (good quality, timecoded with trailer)
+ NEW! Thief pencil tests (56 minutes), Richard Williams interviews (Roger Rabbit & The Thief), Richard at the British Film Awards, Roger Rabbit Test, Air Canada ad, National Film Board of Canada Richard Williams film intros, Nasruddin clip, Oscar Grillo's Seaside Woman (PAL)
+ NEW! I Drew Roger Rabbit (better version), Williams commercials (same as other disc but PAL), Warners trailer (PAL)
+ NEW! Roger Rabbit and the Secrets of Toontown/Roger Rabbit TV spots (Diet Coke, McDonald's)
+ NEW! Roger Rabbit Reviews (Siskel & Ebert etc., with CBS "Pig Head" version)
+ The Thief Scrapbook - Huge collection of articles, artwork and more on a data DVD. Being added to all the time.
Rapidshare link for the entire trailer!
DVD art -
Here's the text, for those of you who want to attempt your own.
It is written among the limitless constellations of the celestial heavens, and in the depths of the emerald seas, and upon every grain of sand in the vast deserts, that the world which we see is an outward and visible dream, of an inward and invisible reality ... Once upon a time there was a golden city. In the centre of the golden city, atop the tallest minaret, were three golden balls. The ancients had prophesied that if the three golden balls were ever taken away, harmony would yield to discord, and the city would fall to destruction and death. But... the mystics had also foretold that the city might be saved by the simplest soul with the smallest and simplest of things. In the city there dwelt a lowly shoemaker, who was known as Tack the Cobbler. Also in the city... existed a Thief, who shall be ... nameless.
“ANIMATION AMONG THE MOST GLORIOUS AND LIVELY
EVER CREATED!” - The New York Times
Restoration and cover artwork by Garrett Gilchrist
For the first time ever on video, enjoy the original version of this lost animation classic, written and directed by three-time Academy Award winning
animator Richard Williams (animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit). 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. The film 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 bought by Disney, recut and destroyed. 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 has finally been found - for you at home.
Directed by Richard Williams Screenplay by Richard
Williams and Margaret French Master animator Ken Harris
Produced by Imogen Sutton and Richard Williams
THINGS WE DON'T HAVE --
The Little Island
Love Me, Love Me, Love ME
The Dermis Probe
The Story of the Motorcar Engine
A Lecture on Man
Pubs and Beaches
The Sailor and the Devil
I Vor Pittfalks, The Universal Confidence Man (not completed)
Anything from the various forms of the Nasrudin/Nasruddin film
Appearance on The BBC's Do It Yourself Film Animation Show, as mentioned earlier - with guest host Bob Godfrey ... any other TV appearances not mentioned.
I wonder if any of his Oscar wins still exist, too!
Documentaries with Richard I've never seen:
Who Made Roger Rabbit (2002)
Title sequences I've never seen ...
Don't Drink the Water (Morris) (animated sequences)
Every Home Should Have One (1970)
Prudence and the Pill (1968)
The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966)
IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THESE, OR ANYTHING NOT LISTED OR RARE, OR ANY PRESS CLIPPINGS OR ANYTHING, LET ME KNOW!
As this project has progressed .. well, you'll read in the thread, but we're now in touch with many animators who worked on the film and approve of what we're doing.
Future plans -- A book is being written, by us, on this film, and a documentary being made. We're trying to gather as much information as possible.
Let us know if you've got anything!