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The Cobbler's Princess by Wickfield The Cobbler's Princess by Wickfield
I've never really had a chance to talk about it much, but one of my favorite animated films is Richard Williams' The Thief and the Cobbler.  Although it was never completed by the original creator, some of the footage was acquired by Disney in the 90s and was later released in an edited form as "The Princess and the Cobbler" or "Arabian Knight" depending on the company.  Some of you might remember the 90s version, which had a voicover cast starring Matthew Broderick, but the original was very different and extremely artistic, based on the stylized art of Persian miniatures.   Disney is actually believed to have based Aladdin on much of the plot and there are a lot of similarities in the characters and scenes.  Princess Yum-Yum is this film's sassy Arabian princess, although she actually gets to play a fairly independent role and joins the hero on his quest to save the day. :)   

I totally recommend checking out the "Recobbled Cut" of the movie which has been recreated by a fan to better match the directors' original vision: www.youtube.com/channel/UCzhbX…  But if you don't feel like watching the full thing you at least have to check out the Escher-inspired chase scene, it's absolutely amazing!  www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HR4Ju…
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
I love the song "more than this" from that movie, though I admit that I have not seen it for real
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That was actually from one of the re-releases when they added in more Disney-style music.  That said, I've never heard it, i should look it up!
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Nelyasun Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
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Ushia1994fangirl Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Seeing this gives me hope on my story I'm writing :D
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bloodyash24 Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've never heard of this. But sure seems interesting- especially with such a gorgeous piece of art like this as incentive. ;)
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Wickfield Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes, you should totally watch it, it's amazing! :)
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MusicalNumber Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh wow, this is one I don't see every day. Good job!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yep, an obscure character for sure! :)
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daeien Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Thank you! Hardly anyone, at least where I live, has heard of this movie :(
My favorites are Zig Zag, The Grand Vizer and the The Thief ^_^
The backgrounds are one of my favorite things about it :D
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like Zig Zag too, you can't beat Vincent Price!
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:icondaeien:
daeien Featured By Owner May 18, 2017
He's one of my favorite actors ^_^
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 18, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Omg me too!
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NS-CR Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Terrific taste in movies you have! Beautiful pic! :D
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!  The Thief and the Cobbler is hard not to like! :)
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NS-CR Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I absolutely agree! It's has an irreplicable charm. I first learned about the Thief and the Cobbler a few years back and its tragic story; it's one of the reasons why I like Disney a little less than everyone else. >_>

I loved finding out that that William's original inspiration for the film came partly from Sufism and co-wrote some folktales of Mulla Nasrudin with a fellow name Idries Shah, but there were some issues about ownership by the Shah family, so Williams had to let the idea go and thus came up with The Thief and the Cobbler. It was such a long process for him, and he was so close to getting it done! Regardless, in its Recobbled Cut form, It's still one of my favorite animations. C:
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Lookafar Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I 'd never heard of this movie!

Wow - watched you link: really trippy. 
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It is very 60s-70s - so much orange! :D
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Tahkaullus01 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
I think I actually know what this is. I never watched it as a kid but a few years back I might have seen part of it, and I have to admit it didn't leave much of an impression. Maybe I ought to watch it again and see what I make of it this time.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's pretty weird and has a definite retro feel, but you should really check it out again.  The Recobbled version on YouTube is the one you should watch if you've only seen the edited versions, it is the most complete story and doesn't have the lame dubbed voiceover.
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Hulksmash31 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I remember this movie it was one of my fave as a kid
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I never saw it as a kid but I remember seeing the trailer at the beginning of a VHS (I can't remember which VHS it was now though).  I only saw the full version as an adult a few years ago.
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Unsure-Sincerity Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
THANKYOU
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YOU'RE WELCOME!
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NewNumber2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
I LOVE THIS [original[ FILM TOO!
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's so unique, it's a shame it wasn't finished!
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NewNumber2 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Yep.

One good thing that came from it, tho: Richard Williams is STILL doing animation~!
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MacaroniandSqueeze Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Student Traditional Artist
Oh my God, can I love you forever??? I ADORE Princess Yum Yum and the recobbled cut!!
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NewNumber2 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Love 
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Animefan-279 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Sadly, the original version was never completed and apparently the Recobbled Cut is still technically complete since some of the footage is not finished. Wasn't the Recobbled Cut made by animators that worked on the movie? It's too bad that Disney never had the original version finished back when they owned Miramax.
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think Garrett Gilchrist who has done the Recobbled Cut is just a fan, but I do know he was able to get in touch and obtain footage from some of the original artists...which is a pretty big feat!
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JorgeCaptain1998 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017
Beautiful.
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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JorgeCaptain1998 Featured By Owner May 17, 2017
Your welcome.
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ilovelunan64 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
will you draw the cobbler?
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:iconwickfield:
Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmm, maybe...I just like Yum-Yum's design the best. :)
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DionneMars93 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OK SOOO...
When I zoomed in and scrolled down
to her face, it looked liked the pic was
zooming in (maybe it's the background, idk)
But yeah, props to you for giving this movie
some love. I remeber seeing this thru a 
nostalgia critic review....good times B)
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Wickfield Featured By Owner May 17, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Haha, it's probably the background doing an optical illusion. :D
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Animefan-279 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Did he review/mock-review the United Artists version or the Miramax version?
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DionneMars93 Featured By Owner May 16, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Miramax, I think.....
I didn't know there's another
version (other than the recobbled cut)
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