05.08.08 by Jeff

The film Disney jacked for Aladdin.

The Thief and the Cobbler is quite possibly the best animated film ever made and most people still haven’t ever seen it – unless you went to school for animation, in which case you have a burned copy of this on your desk somewhere. The Thief and the Cobbler holds the record for the longest film production EVER at 31 years. Canadian animator Richard Williams (animation director of Who Framed Roger Rabbit) spent 26 years of his life trying to get his film completed only to have another company assume control of it and “finish” it without him. You can read the full story here.

Last year this cut of the film surfaced on the net. A fan, Garrett Gilchrist, actually cut this together using footage from the various versions of the film that had been released, as well as clips from an original uncut workprint. The result is a version of the film closest to Williams’ original. This is only Part 1 – you can view the entire film on youtube.


Disney somehow chooses not to go with Miyazaki for Little Nemo. Here is his mind-shattering screen test. Remember this wasn’t done with computers.

(I realise both of these are old news but Yasmine commented on a previous post about her favourite animations so I figured I’d post both of these – there’s gotta be a few people who haven’t seen one or the other.)

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.ninamendoza.com Niña

    Hey Jeff, you’re right! Not everyone has seen everything, keep posting that classic ish. No disclaimer needed! ;D Thanks for posting this.

  • Kevin Pi

    Miyazaki is the effin’ god of animation, as far as I’m concerned. Speaking of which, there was another Aladdin movie, much more closer to the actual story than the Disney version. What think ye of that?

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    thanks neens i will

    i dunno if i seen the one you’re talkin about Kev do you have more info?

  • Kevin Pi

    It was called “Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp.” Released in 1982, in Japan. This might be a hint of nostalgia, but I thought it was a more thoughtful film than the Disney version. It certainly is more accurate than the Disney version, that’s for sure (if you’ve ever picked up an adult’s version of 1001 Nights, you’ll know).

    IMDB page:

  • http://aprintaday.blogspot.com yasmine

    holy COW that first vid is a beauty. i want to see more like this!

    i just realized that i probably say holy cow quite a bit.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    yea seriously cool – i would love to find a full quality dvd version of this cut

  • http://aprintaday.blogspot.com yasmine

    oh, and you should check out some of the russian animation on youtube too. i think vimeo may have some as well. they are awesome!

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    just type in russian animation? any personal favourites to recommend?

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    yo kev, sorry your comment got caught in my spam filter – i gotta check that film out – thanks!

  • Kate

    OH my gooosh, I watched this over and over and over when I was little. My dad’s nickname for me is still “Princess Yum Yum” haha

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada


  • Kelly

    I actually saw this as a child!

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