The Thief and the Cobbler

Movie review by Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

A must for family viewing.

G 1995 72 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+

Based on 5 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Art-Animation Classic, But Not Really A Kid's Flick

This film is more for the art-museum crowd than your average family looking for Disney-style entertainment. Considered one of the great lost works of animation, this film contains things you've likely never seen before and will never see again, such as artwork painstakingly executed to reference great works of Arabic art and interesting plays on perspective, color, form and and movement, all done by hand before the days of computer animation. The characters are fairly simple and are more or less vehicles for the animator's unique artistic vision. The quality of the animation is really unparalleled. However, those who aren't interested in the intricacies of the visual elements might not appreciate this. It's not a mainstream kids' flick with fast pacing and pop culture references. I highly recommend it for artsy older kids who love art museums and are interested in independent film and art films, though. I'm mildly obsessed with this film-- the story behind it is incredible, too.
age 2+

This movie took 31 years to make...

Movie is completely hand drawn but the animation is so good it looks like CGI even though it's not. I recommend watching the Recobbled fan made edition instead of the Miramax version.

This title has:

Too much swearing

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