The Thief and the Cobbler: The Best Animated Film You’ve Never Seen

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by Irma Arkus

The Thief and the Cobbler is a must watch. This legendary animated film started its production in 1964 by the amazing Richard Williams. This Canadian genious is best known for his work on Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but the most animators know that his work on The Thief and the Cobbler remains as one of the most amazing, ambitious, and longest running productions in the history of cinematography and animation.

The film was in and out of production for over 20 years, and during the latter stages after his Roger Rabbit fame, he signed with Warner Brothers to finalize it, but production went over budget, and the partnership fractured, leaving Williams out of funds.

The bond company eventually hired Fred Calvert, an animator hired to finish the project, leaving Williams entirely out of loop.

While some portions of the film were released under a separate title, the original vision became a cult classic and is considered a masterpiece amongst professional animators.

The film was finally completed in 1995, 31 years after the production started. It took so long to “recobble” this film, that Vincent Price, who voiced the character, passed away without having finished all the lines.

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