The Thief and the Cobbler: Rare Footage
The Thief and the Cobbler was intended to be the masterpiece of three-time Academy Award-winning animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A Christmas Carol, The Animator’s Survival Kit).
He had spent over two decades on the film before production even officially began in 1989. Production shut down in 1992 and the film was never completed as intended.
With the help of animators who originally worked on the film, and other animation scholars, we’ve been able to find and restore rare footage, never before seen in any version of the film, even Richard’s 1992 workprint. Some of the rarest footage appears above.
New special effects and artwork have been created to tell the story the way Richard intended.
30 minutes of the film is now in full HD, scanned from original 35mm footage, and the entire film has been painstakingly restored on a frame-by-frame basis by filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist.
The restoration is still a work in progress. You can see the Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut Mark 4 (rough cut) at The Thief Archive.
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