WE NEED YOUR HELP.
Do you know about Richard Williams, the 3-time Academy Award winning animator of Who Framed Roger Rabbit and A Christmas Carol? Do you know about The Thief and the Cobbler, the film he spent 23 years making and intended to be his masterpiece? The film he was never allowed to finish?
Have you seen The Thief and the Cobbler: Recobbled Cut, which attempts to restore Richard Williams’ original vision to this unfinished animated classic?
My name is Garrett Gilchrist. I edited the Recobbled Cut in 2006 (and 2008). I am editing a new “Recobbled Cut Mark 4” right now. I’ve thrown out everything from the previous versions and am starting from scratch with much better materials, including a much better workprint, some HD clips, previously unseen footage and even some new artwork. It’s truer to Richard Williams’ vision and already looks and feels amazing.
BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.
In 2007, we transferred 49 minutes of extremely rare Thief and the Cobbler 35mm footage (21 minutes of which is used in the current Recobbled Cut), which includes all of The Thief inside the War Machine. The transfer was standard definition, cropped at the top and bottom, overbright and overblue, and left a lot to be desired. The quality is not up to today’s standards.
We are planning to remove splices, dirt and film damage and make this material look as good as it possibly can. To do this, we need a new full quality high definition transfer of these scenes.
Yes, we’re doing this. We need at least $1000 now to pay for the film to HD transfer.
This is a not for profit restoration.
This will be 20+ minutes of priceless Thief 35mm film footage in full HD quality for cleanup and screening. This is not trailer material - these are complete scenes, and they’re wonderful.
Many scenes of The Thief appear in full - being beat up by Nanny, going through the pipes, trying to steal the Golden Balls, trying to steal the emerald, getting his “hands” chopped off, and most impressively, every single shot of The Thief inside the War Machine.
Most of the Old Witch scene is here. There’s some very nice shots of Zigzag, part of the Cobbler/Thief chase scene, and so on and so on.
You can send donations via Paypal to tygerbug (at) yahoo.com, or message me for an address to send checks to. Please identify all donations as being for the Recobbled Cut.