The Thief And The Cobbler 1990


One of the first films I watched in complete form on You Tube was Richard Williams’ astonishing The Thief and the Cobbler. Williams was an animator whose work ranges from The Charge of the Light Brigade to Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Given the chance to make a feature of the dizzying scale of Disney, or at least Don Bluth, Williams delivered a film of strikingly unique tone and appearance. The Arabian theme is bent with imagination, creating dizzying worlds for the characters to step nimbly through. The Thief and the Cobbler has never been hard to track down; brief glimpses on You Tube are your best bet for a first glimpse.


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