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The Thief And The Cobbler - Recobbled Cut

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by OCPmovie
original film name: Arabian Knight
film studio name : Disney

Cuts removed/added/extended : Too many to mention

DVD Details:
Type.................: Movie
Video Format.........: NTSC MPEG2 Anamorphic DVD-5
Aspect Ratio.........: 2.35:1
Main Movie Runtime...: 01:37:11
Genre................: Animation
Sources..............: Various
Size.................: 4.37 GB

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Conceptual improvements/advancements of edit over original:

Acclaimed master animator Richard Williams spent the better part of three decades working on what was meant to be his masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler.

After his success as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit he was finally able to get studio financing to take The Thief from a career spanning side project to full-blown production. A stolid perfectionist, costs mounted and deadlines loomed with Williams at the helm, and Warners eventually pulled out when Disney announced the similarly themed Aladdin.

With funding gone, the film was taken from Williams by his creditors and was completed by others (under the leadership of Fred Calvert), cheaply and poorly while making massive changes to try to make it more mainstream. This version only saw release in Australia and South Africa, as The Princess and the Cobbler. Later Disney bought it and heavily edited it again, in such a way as to make it appear a cheap knockoff of Aladdin (instead of the film that's largely believed to be the greatest inspiration behind Disney's film), while making it almost unwatchable in the process. Released as Arabian Knight, it was a travesty.

This Recobbed Cut is a recent fan-created reconstruction of the film as Williams wanted it, or as close to as possible. Based on a workprint of the film from when Williams was nearing completion (shortly before the film was taken away from him). Using the workprint, DVDs of the two officially released cuts of the film, and other related elements taken from various sources this Recobbed Cut reveals the masterpiece that could have been.

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This new version, Recobbled Cut Mark II, has been compiled after a widescreen version of The Princess and the Cobbler surfaced shortly after this version became widely available online. This was such a huge find that Garrett felt compelled to recobbled it once again, incorporating more of the fully animated widescreen material that he just didn't have before.

The scenes which are most affected are the witch and war machine scenes, which have been improved in quality.

Also added - more "Deleted Characters" footage of the Mullah Nasrudin and the Enchanted Ogre Prince.

For more info, visit
http://www.originaltrilogy.com/forum/me ... eadid=4256

orangecow.org, ffrevolution.com, and thiefandthecobbler.com.

Features:
- 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 - More for Mark II!
- 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

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From the three-time Academy Award winning animator of Who Framed Roger Rabbit ...

Restored version of Richard Williams' unfinished animated masterpiece, The Thief and the Cobbler.

Unofficial restoration by Garrett Gilchrist. This is not intended for profit, just a fanmade research project and tribute to this classic film.

The film was worked on for 26 years, with a team of master animators like Ken Harris and Art Babbit. This film inspired Disney's Aladdin. Ruined versions of it were released as Arabian Knight and The Princess and the Cobbler.

For more info, visit originaltrilogy.com (forum 11), orangecow.org, ffrevolution.com, and thiefandthecobbler.com.

Trailer:
http://rapidshare.de/files/13429755/Thi ... r.avi.html

You can watch this entire restoration at Youtube, in low quality.

DVD cover art:
http://www.orangecow.org/thief/cobbleramarayv3.jpg

Disc label:
http://www.orangecow.org/thief/thiefdiscartv4.jpg

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
Disneys film Aladdin, which proved to be its undoing. After over two decades of
work, the film was taken away from Williams when he couldnt 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

When Richard Williams was fired from his film The Thief and the Cobbler (after 26 years of work), Fred Calvert was hired to finish it quickly and cheaply. He did an incredibly poor job. His version was called The Princess and the Cobbler, later recut further by Miramax into the nearly unwatchable Arabian Knight. This "Recobbled Cut" uses footage from Williams' original 1991 workprint with higher quality footage from Arabian Knight and Princess and the Cobbler ... this does include some lower quality Calvert animation with the high quality Williams animation - it's easy to tell the difference. The film has been carefully reedited to match Willliams' original 1991 workprint for the film, and his original vision. Calvert footage has only been used if it conforms to Williams' storyboards - in some cases footage has literally been reanimated frame by frame in Photoshop to make it match Williams' scenes! The restoration in total took 4 months to complete.

Restoration from the editor/filmmaker who brought you Deleted Magic, SW Classic Edition, and Gods of Los Angeles.

Story:
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 more info, visit
http://www.originaltrilogy.com/forum/me ... eadid=4256

orangecow.org, ffrevolution.com, and thiefandthecobbler.com.

persons involved: Garrett Gilchrist a.k.a OCPmovie


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Arguably, the one of the greatest animated film of all time tells the tale of an ancient prophecy. This legendary prophecy foretells if all the great golden balls are stolen from the city’s grand tower, death and destruction will reign upon it. After a thief takes them, doom impends if a meek cobbler cannot save the city.

The Thief and the Cobbler has been FAN EDITED and reconstructed by Garrett Gilchrist of Orange Cow Productions to restore a masterpiece never finished as it was intended. This version combines the workprint, film released versions and other rare materials from around the world to create the most complete film. The film itself was directed by Richard Williams, best known for his Oscar-winning animation direction for Who Framed Roger Rabbit. This fan edit has endured some great reviews from various websites around the world. It is now widely regarded as one of the greatest fan edits of our time. Thanks to Garrett Gilchrist’s fan restoration, we can all enjoy this remarkable piece of animation history. -
 

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I don't know if this is a stupid question but what is the difference between the Mark 1 and Mark 3 versions?

I have them both in the download queue but if Mark 3 has all of Mark 1 and is newer, then I guess getting Mark 1 would be pointless? :-?
 

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you want the mark 3 version. this uses newly available sources to recreate tT&tC and there is no reason to get older versions.
 

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Oh, that's why it is at the top of the weekly most viewed pages.
thanks Booshman
 

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Actually dont this look like blueyoda?

thiefpic12.jpg
 

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AvP said:
Actually dont this look like blueyoda?

thiefpic12.jpg

OMG! Totally!!! :lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol::lol:
 

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It's very unfortunate how much of the original material was never completed. Nonetheless, this movie is very warm, and is a pleasure to watch. The amount of effort put into putting this back together properly is mind-blowing.
 
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