Richard Williams (right) with Vincent Price during the production of the film that eventually became "The Thief and The Cobbler." (Click to enlarge. Photo via.) Richard Williams (right) with Vincent Price during the production of the film that eventually became "The Thief and The Cobbler." (Click to enlarge. Photo via.)
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Richard Williams To Present ‘The Thief and the Cobbler’ Director’s Cut At Annecy

Richard Williams (right) with Vincent Price during the production of the film that eventually became "The Thief and The Cobbler." (Click to enlarge. Photo via.)
Richard Williams (right) with Vincent Price during the production of the film that eventually became “The Thief and The Cobbler.” (Click to enlarge. Photo via.)

The Annecy International Animated Film Festival, which has already unveiled some of its special programming events for its upcoming edition, confirmed last Friday that Richard Williams will attend the festival this year, his first visit since 2008.

The acclaimed Canadian-British animation director will present two sessions at the festival. The first is a screening of the director’s cut of The Thief and the Cobbler, which first premiered in December 2013 in Los Angeles. It’s a reconstruction of the workprint as it looked in 1992 when Williams was forced to abandon the film and a completion bond firm took over its production. The second event will be a conversation with the director.

On a separate but related note, Faber & Faber has just released Williams’s Animator’s Survival Kit in an iBooks version. Unlike the iPad version, that we reviewed here, the iBooks version can also be used on a Mac laptop or desktop computer, in addition to iPads and iPhones. You can pick up a digital iBooks copy on the iTunes Store.

  • Harrison

    I love that he’s more comfortable talking about The Thief and the Cobbler these days.

  • DJM

    It would be awesome if he announces a new thing he’s working on. Or has he…?

    • white vader

      He has.

  • Max C.

    I was lucky enough to meet him in person last year, as the London screening just so happened to take place on my birthday. So good of him to take this masterpiece around the world!

  • Garrett Gilchrist
  • Why don’t I have money to go to Annecy this year? Whyyyy?!?!?!

    That being said, I’ve been waiting for years for this, and I’m thrilled he’s finally doing it!

  • Mister Twister

    I’m interested. Will it be an expansion upon the Recobbled Cut?

    • @garrettgilchrist:disqus would be much more knowledgeable on this matter than I am, but I am under the impression that the Director’s Cut was produced separately from the Recobbled Cut.

  • Marc Hendry

    Super nice to see him open up about the Thief finally. I saw it in London last year and got to meet Dick and a bunch of other people who worked on it.
    Garrett’s Recobbled Cut (mk4) is actually pretty close to Dick’s “A Moment in Time” version though, if you can’t go.
    And man, even if you CAN go, if you’re an animator you will probably want to watch it multiple times. It’s hypnotic!