Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Princess and the Cobbler (1993)

Today's animated feature is The Princess and the Cobbler.  It is a great film for young children.

Although it shares many similarities to Aladdin, it was actually designed in the 1960's.  It just didn't get the funding it needed until much later.  The princess and her father have similar clothes to their Aladdin counterparts, but that has more to do with the actual clothes of that era.  Also, the genie and Zigzag are both blue.

Zigzag the blue sorcerer/grand vizier (think Jafar) wants to take over the kingdom of Baghdad by marrying the beautiful Princess Yum Yum.  I wonder why they decided to name her that.  Anyway, he steps on a tack of a young cobbler, Tack, and becomes infuriated.  He drags him to the castle to be executed.  Princess Yum Yum saves him because he's cute.

Baghdad is protected by the magic of three golden balls.  There is a thief who steals everything shiny or gold he sees, like a seagull.  He is very dirty and stinky and constantly mumbles to himself.  He steals the three golden balls and that starts of chain reaction of destruction.  One ball he says he'll use to by a castle by the sea, the next ball will allow him to turn his basement into a rec room.  When he steals the third ball, he yells, "I'm going to Disneyland!"  It is worth noting that most of the artists who worked on this film later worked on Aladdin.

Zigzag helps the evil army of the One-eyed people invade Baghdad.  Tack throws a tack at them and somehow this destroys the entire army.  Then, after the thief decides begrudgingly to return the golden balls, the kingdom is safe once more.  Tack marries the princess and everyone lives happily ever after; except Zigzag because he's a jerk.

This movie is great for young children.  The bright colors and beautiful scenery kept my daughter's attention, while the story is comical and fun.  Yes, it doesn't have a big budget like a Disney film would, but don't let that bother you.  We found this film charming.  I will give it a 6/10.

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