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Arabian Knight (credited just as The Thief and the Cobbler in the start credits of the Original version) is a film starring The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss characters as "The Thief and the Cobbler" characters.

Movies used:

  • Arabian Knight (1995, Miramax)
  • The Princess and the Cobbler (1993, Majestic Films)

Movie used (Director's Cut):

  • Arabian Knight (1995, Miramax)
  • The Princess and the Cobbler (1993, Majestic Films)
  • The Thief and the Cobbler: The Recobbled Cut (2006)

An Allied Filmmakers Production

Characters

Character Players
Zigzag the Grand Vizier The Grinch
Tack the Cobbler/Narrator Fox in Socks
Princess Yum-Yum Morton the Elephant Bird
The Thief Mr. Knox
King Nod Horton the Elephant
Princess Yum-Yum's Nanny Jane Kangaroo
Chief Roofless The Cat in the Hat
Mighty One-Eye Terrence McBird
Phido the Vulture Yertle the Turtle
Mad and Holy Old Witch Witch (The Thief and the Cobbler; original version)

Trivia

  • When One-Eye's army has been broken, the thief emerges and (pricked by conscience) willingly hands the Golden Balls to the King. When Tack and the Princess marry, there are flashbacks of all their times together, while the song "It's So Amazing" plays. Tack mentions that the thief eventually was put in jail for years but becomes the Captain of the Guards. Tack also mentions that the thief gave him his word that he would never steal again, with the thief then shown breaking his promise by stealing the "The End" sign and the entire film.
  • From the original version, several previously mute characters were given voices, most notably the thief (as Tack explains in this version, the thief is "a man of few words, but many thoughts"). Other characters that have added voices are Phido, Tack and the alligators.
  • From the Miramax version, the Witch's riddle is extended to: "When to the wall you find your back; a tack, a tack, a tack! Belief in yourselves is what you lack! A tack, a tack, and never look back!"
  • The Golden City is called Baghdad.
  • The end credits featured the songs It's So AmazingBom, Bom, Bom, Beem, Bom (without most of the lyrics) and the Arnold McCuller/Andrea Robinson version of the song Am I Feeling Love?.

Changes from Director's Cut

These are the old ones from the original version. They are included:

  • When One-Eye's army has been broken, the thief emerges and (pricked by conscience) willingly hands the Golden Balls to the King. When Tack and the Princess marry, there are flashbacks of all their times together, while the song "It's So Amazing" plays. Tack mentions that the thief eventually was put in jail for years but becomes the Captain of the Guards. Tack also mentions that the thief gave him his word that he would never steal again, with the thief then shown breaking his promise by stealing the "The End" sign and the entire film.
  • From the original version, several previously mute characters were given voices, most notably the thief (as Tack explains in this version, the thief is "a man of few words, but many thoughts"). Other characters that have added voices are Phido, Tack and the alligators.
  • From the Miramax version, the Witch's riddle is extended to: "When to the wall you find your back; a tack, a tack, a tack! Belief in yourselves is what you lack! A tack, a tack, and never look back!"
  • The end credits featured the songs: Bom, Bom, Bom, Beem, Bom (without most of the lyrics) and the Arnold McCuller/Andrea Robinson version of the song Am I Feeling Love?.

The unofficial fan restoration by Garrett Gilchrist mostly follows Richard Williams' workprint very closely, at least in its intent, using most of its original audio track and editing structure. In order to present a more complete film, Gilchrist added additional music (some from Fred Calvert's version) and sound effects, and also included finished footage that does not appear in a finished state in the workprint, whether taken from Calvert's versions or from other rare sources. Most of the story changes made by Fred Calvert and Miramax are not present, but it does include a few minor Calvert-only scenes or alterations, either as a side effect of using Calvert's footage for a major video source or because Gilchrist felt these scenes were useful to the storyline. For this reason, Gilchrist does not refer to his edit as a "Director's Cut."[10]

  • Nanny becomes impatient with Yumyum and Tack's burgeoning romance and pushes her away so she can have her bath. (Calvert scene)
  • The Thief's arrest for stealing an emerald has a longer ending. (Deleted Williams scene)
  • King Nod's line to his daughter, voiced by Clive Revill : "My princess... I hardly know you... so brave. Just like your dear mother was! [chuckle] Very well. You will go. Look here!" (Calvert scene)
  • The Mad and Holy Old Witch appears first as an eye, coming out of a lamp. (Calvert scene)
  • The Old Witch says "Mystic fumes, show me the way ..." (Deleted Williams scene)
  • Zigzag tries to convince One Eye to spare the Princess. "She is the price for my traitorous deed." (Deleted Williams scene)
  • Toward the end of the film, Zigzag tries to kidnap Yumyum on his horse. Tack fights back, punches Zigzag and stitches his cloak together. Tack and Yumyum hug. Zigzag hops away, falling into a pit for his death scene. (Calvert scene)
  • The royal guards praise The Thief for returning the three golden balls, and lift him up. (Calvert scene)
  • The credits roll over deleted-scene footage, including a section of the credits from The Princess and the Cobbler, showing The Thief on springs trying to steal the Buddha Ruby.
  • Gilchrist has said that the "Mark IV" version of The Recobbled Cut, coming 2013, will have longer scenes with the Brigands, taken from deleted scene audio.

Voice Cast

Miramax

After "An Allied Filmmakers Production"

The first cast shows stars of the film including:

  • Anthony Asbury as Zig Zag
  • Bruce Lanoil as Tack the Cobbler
  • Kathryn Mullen as Princess Yum Yum
  • Anthony Asbury as Phido
  • Stephanie D'Abruzzo as the Nurse and the Witch
  • and John Kennedey as the Thief

After "Supervising Sound Editor - Mike Le Marc, MPSE"

  • Zigzag the Grand Vizer - Anthony Asbury
  • Tack the Cobbler - Bruce Lanoil
  • Princess Yum Yum - Kathryn Mullen
  • Phido - Anthony Asbury
  • Nurse and Witch - Stephanie D'Abruzzo
  • The Thief - John Kennedey
  • King Nod - John Kennedey
  • Mighty One-Eye - Anthony Asbury
  • Chief Roofless - Bruce Lanoil

Songs

The Soundtrack songs in order

  • "I Wan'na Be Like You (opening)" - Smash Mouth
  • "She is More" (The Thief and the Cobbler) - Yum-Yum
  • "Am I Feeing in Love" (The Thief and the Cobbler) - Yum Yum and Tack
  • "Cat Hat: "Cat, Hat and He's a Cat (The Cat in the Hat)"" - Tack, Yum-Yum, Nanny, the Thief, Zigzag, Phido and King Nod (He's a Cat is Zigzag's villian song). The Song about Tack being a Cat.
  • "Bom, Bom, Bom, Beem, Bom" (The Thief and the Cobbler) - The Thief, Tack, Roofless, and Brigands
  • "It's So Amazing" - Tack, Yum-Yum and Chorus:
    • "It's So Amazing" (The Thief and the Cobbler) - Tack and Yum-Yum
    • "It's So Amazing (Part 2; Arabian Knight)" - Tack and Yum-Yum
  • "Bom, Bom, Bom, Beem, Bom (Reprise)" - Brigands
  • "Am I Feeling in Love (Reprise)" -

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