Also known as The Princess and the Cobbler, this film tells a story of a friendship between a thief who knows all tricks to survive in the city and a poor cobbler/shoemaker who has to struggle in order to live.
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I was shown a clip of the shoe chase scene via a youtube link so when I found this on Netflix, I was stoked. However, I had no idea about the history of it's production or the fact that there are two versions of this. I obviously saw the theatrical cut and despite a mind blowing opening, it's garbage. Sad, sad, sad. Great potential but wasted on bad voice acting and uneccesary dialogue that seemed thrown in.
Two things I like about the Recobbled version
1. Great animation, setting, story, music, and characters.
2. It's almost like watching a step-by-step process of animation, with everything that is shown from storyboards, to the drawing process, to the final animation.
If you watch the other versions, you're wasting time and brain cells. Stick with the Recobbled cut.
A remarkable work of art that shines like a precious diamond amongst animated films, despite the troubled production history. The amount of detail is breathtaking, and Price's rendition of Zigzag is highly memorable. My rating is for The Recobbled Cut, and based on seeing only this, I don't understand why anyone would want to bastardize Williams's original vision and make it into a marketable mess.
Richard Williams spent over 26 years making what he hoped to be the greatest animated feature ever made, yet forced its greatness in Warner Bros.'s eyes. The film seemed to be all animation and imagination but lacked a coherent story, and was absent in character development or an exciting pace. But Richard Williams' obsession is exactly why this is the best animated film I've seen in my life.
Wish there would be a finished version of this great animated film, but at least we have the Uncobbled Cut which gives us all there is left of that fantastic movie, and it gives a great inside look of the classical animation process.
I watched the Recobbled version. The animation is remarkable to the very last detail! The ride through the collapsing war machine was hilariously thrilling and inventive. The Thief was my favorite character.