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: