I'd like to announce that my current DVD project is a restoration of the rarely-seen animated classic The Thief and the Cobbler, created by Richard Williams, who animated Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
It wil be available for free at myspleen.net eventually.
I've finished a rough cut of the movie on DVD, but I'm waiting for some even rarer cuts of the movie to come in - works in progress of Fred Calvert's version which haven't been seen.
I'd like to thank Baby Hum, Chris Sobeniak, Stanch and Eddie Bowers for their help in procuring the necessary materials.
The film has never been seen the way it was intended to be seen. It was recut to death by Disney in an effort to destroy it, and is not well known even today.
I consider it a public service to restore Richard Williams' original vision, on which he spent 30 years. Those who have never heard of this film, maybe you'll discover it in my cut.
I attempted to restore the film six years ago, using VHS type technology. Now I can do it a hell of a lot better, in widescreen.
Here we are then. The Thief and the Cobbler. Recobbled Director's Cut.
Rapidshare link for the trailer!
Now, also ...
I've used Stuffit to upload the trailer in two parts.
Stuffit is a Mac program, I hope Winzip can handle this too. Anyway, when you download these two parts, you have to open up Stuffit (I'm using Stuffit Deluxe), click on "Join", and select the first segment. The two will join together into one lovely file.
If you don't have a program that can join these two files, check this one out.
Partial trailer (missing end)
http://orangecow.org/1morestuff/ThiefRecob...bledTrailer.avi (23.7 megs)
This is pretty much the entire trailer. I was able to upload this much to my server before it stalled out. 2 megs are missing at the end. So, if you can't do the segmenting thing, that'll do nicely.
Besides the trailer ...
I'm going to post three clips from the film here.
These are not from the edit I'm doing now, they're from older edits I did. So they're fullscreen, whereas my final edit will be all widescreen.
Enjoy them, they're my three favorite scenes from the film.
THIS SET WILL FEATURE --
Digitally-remastered widescreen version of the original version of Thief and the Cobbler, taken from beautiful DVD sources but matching the workprint ...
AND, ON OTHER OPTIONAL DISCS FOR TRUE WILLIAMS FANS ...
Thames documentary on The Thief, 1 hour long, wonderful and digitally restored ...
I Drew Roger Rabbit documentary ...
A Christmas Carol, in good quality ...
Ziggy's Gift and other Ziggy cartoons, DVD quality
Lots and lots of Williams studios commercials, in, er, watchable-ish quality ...
Charge of the Light Brigade segments in DVD quality, Return of the Pink Panther titles in DVD quality ...
Any other opening titles you think I ought to include?
Raggedy Ann and Andy: A Musical Adventure
"Animating Art" (poor quality but it's about Art Babbit and his work at Williams' studio)
..... and, for those who want them, Arabian Knight (widescreen) and the Princess and the Cobbler (not widescreen).
AND MAYBE MORE.
For more information, visit our lovely thread about this project.