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Episode 43: The Thief and the Cobbler – I Love You #SeanConnery

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Love it or hate it, the Rotoscopers discuss the history, making and drama behind the movie The Thief and the Cobbler.


■ Mason want’s to go back to school and Chelsea’s moved to Nashville!
■ What is a masterpiece?
■ Is it possible to be an artist and have money? Commercial successes and a tale about the woes of mismanagement.
■ Academy Award winner for the animation of Who Framed Roger Rabbit
■ Storytelling and storyboards. ‘Pose to Pose’ animation vs ‘Straight Ahead’ animation.
■ Art Babbit and Ken Harris: legendary animation masters.
■ Ah, the “animator’s wife.” This post is from a lady who calls herself an “EA widow.”
■ Signed a deal in 1988 with Warner Bros for $25 Million for production and $25 million for promotions.
■ Was Disney’s Aladdin a copy of The Thief and the Cobbler?
■ Where’s the merchandise?
■ Beware ‘The Completion Bond Company!’
■ Richard Williams is said to be working on a super secret project. Want to be his assistant?
■ What can we learn from this?
■ Main Discussion: The Thief & the Cobbler (Miramax Version)
■ Characters, animation, voice actors, songs, and favorite moments.
■ The dessert, the War Machine, the Medieval Emperor Zurg.
■ Jafar vs Zig Zag, 3D Roses.
■ Mail bag!
■ Bloopers: Mason learns about Chelsea, Mason’s going to be nerdishly positive from here on out., coming up on Episode 50! What should we do?!, Chelsea knows ‘How to Win Friends and hypnotize people’, Pokemon–our highest downloaded day ever! Chelsea’s a “Gen 1: Lass”

NOTE: According to Kevin Schreck, director of Persistence of Vision: “One thing, regarding that scene that Mason mentioned about the pipes: Those are all hand-drawn; no CGI or digital work done at all. All of the good animation in The Thief was by Williams and his team, and they didn’t use computers at all. Mind-blowing stuff.”

Runtime: 1:48:01; 53.5 MB

Other Links
■ Buy The Thief and the Cobbler: DVD | VHS
■ Trailer for Persistence of Vision a documentary of Richard Williams’ The Thief and the Cobbler, 31 years in the making!
■ Miramax version can be found on Netflix
■ Recobbled version:
■ World’s fastest Banjo Player

Audible Book recommendations:
■ Chelsea mentions ‘How to Win Friends and Influence People’ by Dale Carnegie
■ Mason mentions the concept of “10,000 Hours” which can be found in the books:
■ Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell or Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else
■ Book by Geoffrey Colvin

You can download one of these books as a FREE trial

Where to Find Us:
■ Find us on the web: rotoscopers.comtwitterfacebookYouTubetumblrinstagram, hypable & Animated Views.
■ Mason Smith: This Animated Life BlogTwitter
■ Morgan Stradling: TwitterInstagram
■ Chelsea Robson: Twitter, Facebook
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About Morgan Stradling

Morgan is a native of Arizona and is a desert rat who loves the heat--she doesn’t even turn on the AC in her car in the middle of the summer! She loves big eyeliner, Survivor, Lady Gaga, and, of course, animated films. She has her MBA in Marketing from ASU and now works as a Product Manager for a tech company. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.