In 1964, Richard Williams began to work on a project inspired by A Thousand and One Nights. The film would tell the vicissitudes of a cobbler, a princess and an unfortunate thief, and would push the animation envelope. Lacking patience, the company that invested in the project finished it on its own, poorly and in a hurry. Today, we can finally see the film exactly as its creator conceived it.
A three time Oscar winner, Williams is considered to be the animator’s animator. Beyond The Thief and the Cobbler, he has been behind fundamental projects in the history of animation like Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (88).
UNITED KINGDOM, 2014
This digital reconstruction of The Thief and the Cobbler is courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Film Archive
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