What kind of stupid thread is this? I've never seen nor heard of The Thief and the Cobbler. Even so, I can bet that everyone else is going to say Aladdin.
Everyone who's seen "The Thief and the Cobbler" will automatically regard it as being an "Aladdin" rip-off... that's because they don't know the history behind the film. Allow me to explain:
Back in the late '60s, a Canadian animator named Richard Williams began production on what eventually became "The Thief and the Cobbler". The film ended up taking more than 20 years to produce, mainly because the film's funding was coming from smaller projects such as commercials and television specials. It wasn't until the late '80s that Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg picked up on the film, and not very long after, Dick was hired to direct the animation for "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". The film went on the become a major success, not to mention it won Dick 2 Oscars for his work. A few years later, Warner Bros. made a deal with Dick to distribute the film, however, things took a turn for the worst. The film was going over budget, deadlines weren't met, and some executives at Warners were beginning to worry about Disney's "Aladdin", whose release date coincided with that of "The Thief". And as you might've guessed, Warners got cold feet and backed out of the deal. Soon afterwards, the film was taken over by the Completion Bond Co. and headed by Fred Calvert, a veteran TV animator, who reworked the film into a mess called "The Princess and the Cobbler". A few years after "Princess" was released (1993), Miramax purchased the film's rights, assembled their own version of the film, and released it in 1995 in the US as "Arabian Knight", which was later renamed "The Thief and the Cobbler" for its home video release. Sadly, Dick's film has never seen the light of day, but thanks to fan efforts, the "Recobbled Cut" (an unofficial, non-profit restoration of the film) was constructed, stitching together bits and pieces of the two previous films and Dick's work-print, and serves as a glimpse of what the film might've looked like had it been completed according to Dick's original intent.
As for the similarities between "Aladdin" and "The Thief and the Cobbler", I must make one point very clear: Considering the fact that "The Thief" had been in production for so long, several animators who had worked on or were familiar with the film later went to work for Disney, and as a result, "Aladdin" ended up bearing striking resemblances to "The Thief". Not to mention Disney later went to produce their own "Kimba The White Lion" rip-off... "The Lion King".
And if you haven't guessed by now, I prefer "The Thief and the Cobbler" to "Aladdin".
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