Witness A Legendary Unmade Animated Movie, ‘The Thief and The Cobbler’

by Tito W. James

PERSISTENCE OF VISION from Kevin Schreck on demand on Vimeo

The Thief and the Cobbler is a hand drawn animated film by Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?). The movie’s epic scope was lightyears ahead of its time. Much like Jodorowsky’s Dune, The Thief and the Cobbler remains unfinished yet continues to inspire.

In the documentary Persistence of Vision (available on demand on Vimeo) the troubled development of The Thief and the Cobbler is brought to light. Williams’ vision was unlike anything ever done in animation before or since. The character designs, background art, and grand finale are some of the most uniquely inventive works of art ever put in motion.

Those curious about The Thief and the Cobbler can experience the Recobbled Cut, where the animation is supplemented with unfinished storyboards that tell the story as Williams originally indented.

Or, sit back and watch it below now:

Tito W. James

Tito W. James is a journalist writing for Comicon.com with a focus is on highlighting high quality independent content. His comics draw heavy influence from hand drawn animation and incorporate action and comedy into various genres.

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