The Thief and the Cobbler (1993)

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When Tack upsets ZigZag the Vizier, the wizard drags him off to the royal castle, where Princess YumYum falls for the bashful boy and saves him from execution. Unfortunately, ZigZag plans ... See full summary »


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23 November 2001 | jgibsoniv
The otherwise enchanting Jonathan Winters was an intrusive distraction.
This is one of the most innovative and amazing pieces of animation I have ever seen. The treatment of each of the characters was fresh compelling, unique and entirely hilarious, especially that of Zigzag the Sorcerer and of the Thief. Princess Yum Yum was every bit as seductive as Richard William's Jessica Rabbit. The use of meticulously crafted geometric designs and patterns for the backgrounds was a delightful change from the photo realistic computer generated images offered up as the order of the day. This could easily have been considered an historic piece of classic family entertainment weren't it for the intrusive and entirely unnecessary dialogue of the usually funny Jonathan Winters as the voice of the thief. His mumblings in no way moved the story forward or complimented the visual personality of the thief, interjecting meaningless dribble into the what would be otherwise, natural pauses in the rhythm of the story. Richard Williams could have easily basked in the same spotlight as does Tim Burton or Roald Dahl. I'll keep an eye out for a 'directors cut' to share with my friends.

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Vincent Price originally recorded his dialogue from 1967 to 1973. Richard Williams recorded further dialogue with Price for the 1990 production, but Price's age and illness meant some lines remained unfinished.


Quotes

Phido the Vulture: I'm so hungry I could eat a vegetarian.


Goofs

During the song sequence in the desert scenes, it is said they are all illiterate, but earlier they were seen reading.


Crazy Credits

The end credits of the South African/Australian prints of "The Princess and the Cobbler" show scenes from the movie that were scrapped from the edited versions, including the Thief narrowly avoiding getting his arms chopped off, behind the credits. However, the prints of "Arabian Knight" only use a black background behind the credits.


Alternate Versions

In the Miramax version, two notable characters are cut as part of the roles for various objectionable reasons: (1) The Mighty One-Eye's slave women are cut out as main characters due to Miramax viewed them as sex slaves, referring to the part where he uses them as furniture. This explains the part where One-Eye was killed by his female slaves is dropped due to the slave women took revenge on One-Eye for sexual assault. (2) The Wise, Old Witch was cut out as the main character due to the part where she was turning on the steam as she smokes from the lamps before she is in ghost form is depicted that of suicide by smoking.


Soundtracks

Am I Feeling Love
Lyrics by
Norman Gimbel
Music by Robert Folk
Performed by Bobbi Page and Steve Lively
Pop version performed by Andrea Robinson and Arnold McCuller

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Genres

Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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