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Category:Arts, Classic Movies
Tags:animation, thief, cobbler, richard williams, brilliant
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Well this is quite rad, reminds me of the Secret of Kells a little bit. Thanks for making my Sunday morning.
It's had a loooooong, bumpy history:


:D not to toot my own horn but:


The Secret of Kells, a 2009 animated film that based its style on traditional Irish art, had The Thief and the Cobbler as one of its main inspirations. In the words of Kells co-director Tomm Moore, "Some friends in college and I were inspired by Richard Williams' unfinished masterpiece The Thief and the Cobbler and the Disney movie Mulan, which took indigenous traditional art as the starting point for a beautiful style of 2D animation. I felt that something similar could be done with Irish art."[45]

Cue my usual rant about artists courting companies and the obligatory fuck fucking Disney.

infinite zest
I think I saw the "original" when I was a kid years ago. Much like Tezuka's "Kimba," it was always one of those movies I assumed was a rip-off of a Disney film, only to realize that the opposite was the case years later. This is absolutely wonderful.
infinite zest
This workprint in particular may be my favorite thing on this website ever.

Has anyone here seen Persistence of Vision, the documentary about this? It's playing in Toronto in a few days at Bloor cinema. With participation from the director & some animators. bit.ly/1ayEUve
Grim Natwick, who animated the Betty Boop cartoons, did the witch scene. It was the last work he ever did before his death.
I watched this whole thing like five years ago and, well...

It's not that great. I mean yeah, some scenes are absolutely gorgeous, and impressive as hell when you consider that it was all painstakingly hand drawn with zero aid from computers.

But that's really all that I can find redeeming about it. As a piece of eye candy is wonderful; as a film, it's dreadfully boring, dull, and soulless.

I find it hilarious that Disney haters go out of their way to claim that Aladdin is a ripoff of this movie, when Aladdin is actually a great film, and is in no way, shape, or form like this movie. It's like people don't know where the Aladdin story came from. It's almost as hilarious as the people who think The Lion King is a ripoff of that shitty white lion anime, and that Atlantis: The Lost Empire is a ripoff of that shitty Nadia anime, and that Treasure Planet is a ripoff of that shitty Titan A.E.
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