The Thief and the Cobbler : Tsasakos Cut

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Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
72 minutes
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Fanedit Running Time:
92 minutes
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Synopsis:
In the making for 30 years, starting back in the 60s, before its creator's vision disappears forever, Richard Williams's (Who Framed Roger Rabbit? / Pink Panther) masterpiece uses the most expressive, hand-crafted and surreal animation of all time to tell, in every detail, the story of a silent cobbler trying to win the heart of a young princess - something that sounds more like a distant dream. At the same time, however, the sneaky and manipulative Zigzag, the evil grand vizier who often speaks in rhymes, is also trying to win the Princess's hand from her... always-sleepy father, King Nod. To their unawareness, however, a genocidal army of fearsome warriors and conquerors known as "The One-Eyes" are approaching the Golden City planning a bloody depredation!

It will all depend on one mute little thief to fix the whole situation... BY MISTAKE!

Students of the I.C.S.D.. and S.A.F.M. Departments of Samos, in collaboration with young artists and collectors from all over the world, present for the first time, fully complete with vivid colors and new shots, but also carefully dubbed in Greek, Richard Williams' lost masterpiece as faithfully as possible to the original vision of the creator!

A project that started as a Fan-Edit and, proudly, ended up being the official greek version of the film after a successful Theatrical Run in Festivals and Cinema Clubs during Summer 2023!
Intention:
"Welcome to "The Thief and the Cobbler", a film by Richard Williams, which anyone who knows the story behind its production could describe it as quite a troubled one. The 21-year-old young digital creator Stathis Tsasakos, in collaboration with students from the I.C.S.D. and S.A.F.M. departments of Samos Island, as well as with young artists and older archive collectors from around the world, gave us the version you are about to watch today. Today's screening could be considered quite important for the cinematic history of this film, as apart from belonging to its first public screenings, for the first time it includes clear, vivid colors, HDR Treatment, 10 animation shots that today here are going to be shown for the first time globally in full color, but most importantly? It's the first cut that stays as loyal as possible to the original vision of the creator, according to his workprint. In addition, in collaboration with Mr. Nondas Tsirepas, they have added excellent public domain music tracks to make the magic of the film an even more breathtaking experience.
We wish you to have fun and have a great summer everyone."

-Gaggou Beach Film Festival 2023, Samos Island-
Special Thanks:
*Josh Elliott for giving access to his archive of workprints and material to work on(and the permission to use it)
*All of the artists for helping this project come to life by putting their love into it, including professional animator Dennis Van Hout.
*Miramax and Paramount for replying and informing us about the film's Copyright.
*Nontas Tsirepas for being a great helping hand in Music Direction.
*Selene Kyriakou for handling the Audio Editing and Wrapping in the final cut.
Release Information:
Digital

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Faneditor Name:
Original Movie/Show Title:
Genre:
Fanedit Type:
Original Release Date:
1995
Original Running Time:
72 minutes
Fanedit Release Date:
Fanedit Running Time:
92 minutes
Subtitles Available:
Available in HD:
Synopsis:
In the making for 30 years, starting back in the 60s, before its creator's vision disappears forever, Richard Williams's (Who Framed Roger Rabbit? / Pink Panther) masterpiece uses the most expressive, hand-crafted and surreal animation of all time to tell, in every detail, the story of a silent cobbler trying to win the heart of a young princess - something that sounds more like a distant dream. At the same time, however, the sneaky and manipulative Zigzag, the evil grand vizier who often speaks in rhymes, is also trying to win the Princess's hand from her... always-sleepy father, King Nod. To their unawareness, however, a genocidal army of fearsome warriors and conquerors known as "The One-Eyes" are approaching the Golden City planning a bloody depredation!

It will all depend on one mute little thief to fix the whole situation... BY MISTAKE!

Students of the I.C.S.D.. and S.A.F.M. Departments of Samos, in collaboration with young artists and collectors from all over the world, present for the first time, fully complete with vivid colors and new shots, but also carefully dubbed in Greek, Richard Williams' lost masterpiece as faithfully as possible to the original vision of the creator!

A project that started as a Fan-Edit and, proudly, ended up being the official greek version of the film after a successful Theatrical Run in Festivals and Cinema Clubs during Summer 2023!
Intention:
"Welcome to "The Thief and the Cobbler", a film by Richard Williams, which anyone who knows the story behind its production could describe it as quite a troubled one. The 21-year-old young digital creator Stathis Tsasakos, in collaboration with students from the I.C.S.D. and S.A.F.M. departments of Samos Island, as well as with young artists and older archive collectors from around the world, gave us the version you are about to watch today. Today's screening could be considered quite important for the cinematic history of this film, as apart from belonging to its first public screenings, for the first time it includes clear, vivid colors, HDR Treatment, 10 animation shots that today here are going to be shown for the first time globally in full color, but most importantly? It's the first cut that stays as loyal as possible to the original vision of the creator, according to his workprint. In addition, in collaboration with Mr. Nondas Tsirepas, they have added excellent public domain music tracks to make the magic of the film an even more breathtaking experience.
We wish you to have fun and have a great summer everyone."

-Gaggou Beach Film Festival 2023, Samos Island-
Special Thanks:
*Josh Elliott for giving access to his archive of workprints and material to work on(and the permission to use it)
*All of the artists for helping this project come to life by putting their love into it, including professional animator Dennis Van Hout.
*Miramax and Paramount for replying and informing us about the film's Copyright.
*Nontas Tsirepas for being a great helping hand in Music Direction.
*Selene Kyriakou for handling the Audio Editing and Wrapping in the final cut.
Release Information:
Digital

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10.0(1)
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8.0(1)
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9.0(1)
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9.0
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This was really interesting to watch, and it might be the best way to experience this film. The greek language actually helped create this feeling of an ancient world and suits it well. Thought I'd still love to hear an english track for lip-syncing reasons.

The audio and video editing on display is impressive, but it can be a bit jarring when the quality changes scene to scene. You can tell the editors are passionate, but there is only so much you can do without fully hand animating entire sequences.

The voice acting ranges from good to great, with Zig Zag in particular having a strong performance. However, some cries of distress from other characters are a little too timid and can be 'bigger', being an animated picture.

I also feel the audio itself can use more 'oomph' to really enhance the crazy visuals. It's all perfectly well done, but it could definitely be a little more zany.

Now onto the film itself. It's truly unique and almost monthy-python esque in absurdity at times. There isn't much of a story though, and especially the final part of the film (the battle, if you want to call it that) feels just completely random. The animation is gorgeous though and I truly wish this cut would one day get a supersharp 4K HDR restoration with even more in depth hand animation for each and every scene to truly give it one coherent look. That's not meant as a sleight towards the editors. I give video quality a 10/10, because it's superior to the source used.

After watching this I checked out the Miramax version, and this version is easily superior! Well done and highly recommended!
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