The Thief and the Cobbler
The Thief and the Cobbler is an animated fantasy film directed by Canadian-British animator Richard Williams. Originally conceived in the 1960s, the film was in and out of production for nearly three decades due to independent funding and ambitiously complex animation. It was finally placed into full production in 1989 when Warner Bros. agreed to finance and distribute the film. When production went over budget and fell behind schedule, the film was heavily cut and re-edited by producer Fred Calvert without Williams' involvement; it was eventually released in 1993 by Allied Filmmakers under the title The Princess and the Cobbler. Two years later, Miramax Films released another re-edit entitled Arabian Knight. Both versions of the film performed poorly and received mixed reviews.
The film opens with a narrator describing a prosperous city called the Golden City, ruled by the sleepy King Nod and protected by three golden balls atop its tallest minaret. According to a prophecy, the city would fall to a race of warlike, one-eyed monsters, known as "One-Eyes", if the balls are removed, and could only be saved by "the simplest soul with the smallest and simplest of things". Living in the city are the good-hearted cobbler Tack, named for the ubiquitous pair of tacks held in his mouth, and a nameless, unsuccessful yet persistent thief.
|genre||adventure animation fantasy|
|keywords||allied arrest baghdad behead brigand capital punishment chain reaction cobbler decapitation eaten alive follow goldberg-esque grand vizier inner monologue minaret musical number nail past tense rube goldberg machine run away shoemaking sound effect tack the king thief trying to escape unfinished workprint wounded soldier|
|productionCompany||Allied Filmmakers Richard Williams|
|publisher||Allied Filmmakers Miramax Warner Bros.|