“The film was conceived by Canadian animator Richard Williams, who worked 26 years on the project. Beginning the work in 1964, Williams intended for the film to be his masterpiece, and a milestone in the art of animation. The Thief and the Cobbler was in and out of production for over two decades, until Williams, buoyed by his success as animation director onWho Framed Roger Rabbit, signed a deal in 1990 to have Warner Bros. finance and distribute the film. This deal fell through when Williams was unable to complete the film on time. As Warner Bros. pulled out, The Completion Bond Company assumed control of the film and had it finished by producer Fred Calvert without Williams.
In the process, Calvert made significant changes to the film, and two versions were released; one was issued in Australia and South Africain 1993 as The Princess and the Cobbler and the other in the United States in 1995 as Arabian Knight, distributed by Miramax Family Films.”