Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Director's Cut of The Thief and The Cobbler to screen at the Academy on December 10
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that it will screen a newly edited director's cut of The Thief And The Cobbler - introduced by the Director in person - on Tuesday December 10th at 7:30pm, at the Academy, in the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre. The Thief will be preceded by Williams' Oscar winning short, A Christmas Carol. You can also see an exhibition, Richard Williams: Master of Animation in the building lobby until Sunday December 22nd.
This new edit has been 20 years in the making, and was only made possible because of generous assistance from the Academy. It will include plenty of pencil tests, storyboards and rough footage, but this the closest anyone is likely to come to The Thief as it was originally meant to be seen.
Tickets will get snapped up fast, so beg borrow and steal whatever you can get from your nearest Academy member.
(Editor's Note: For more on the history of The Thief and The Cobbler, read Michael Schlingmann's review of Persistence of Vision, and read our interview with Garret Gilchrist, editor of the Recobbled Cut. You can also see an interview with writer Margaret French here.)