With director Kevin Schreck.
Directed by Kevin Schreck
Edited by Maureen Gosling and Kevin Schreck
Music by Adi Yeshaya
Executive produced by Peter Esmonde, Bill Prendergast, Kit Prendergast, Izak Rappaport
Cast: Omar Ali-Shah, Howard Blake, Julianna Franchetti, Richard Williams, Robin Williams, Michael Zemeckis
Running Time: 83 minutes
Innovative and visionary animator Richard Williams (Who Framed Roger Rabbit?) has worked in filmmaking for more than 50 years. For 25 of those years, he toiled on what he believed would be his masterpiece, an animated feature based on a Persian folk tale which he called The Thief and the Cobbler. In the wake of his Oscar® accolades for Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Warner Bros. put up $25 million to produce the film.
With a reputation as an innovator and perfectionist, Williams focused his efforts and those of his creative staff on endlessly perfecting a series of dazzling sequences. The experimentation astonished all who saw the results, but never seemed to end. Then, a producing partner embezzled production fund and, in 1992, the completion bond company seized the work that had been done to date, and Williams never got to see his vision come to life. He has refused to talk
about it since.
In what the Hollywood Reporter calls a “fascinating slice of film history,” filmmaker Kevin Schreck weaves together mind-blowing animation, rare archival footage – including interviews with Williams discussing plans for the project – and exclusive comments from key animators and artists who worked with Williams, to present a tale of creative genius gone horribly awry.
Williams went on to become one of the greatest teachers of animation, and his The Animator’s Survival Kit is a treasured resource to both aspiring and experienced animators.