If I were to mention the name Richard Williams , most of you wouldn’t know who I was talking about, but if I asked you have you seen Disney‘s Who Framed Roger Rabbit you’d all light up like a Christmas trees. Well, Richard Williams is the man behind all the animation in that film. Persistence of vision chronicles a period in Richards life when he was creating The Thief And The Cobbler (via The Cinefamily) (a radical new project started in the Sixties, but finally slated for completion only after Williams’ Oscar for 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit) .
The film was met, as with all truly groundbreaking art, with red tape, revisions, revoicing and slowly all semblance of what Richard had first created was completely gone. It’s a tragic true story of artist working in the corporate world and how integrity is no match for money.
Striving to make the crowning visionary masterpiece of his career, acclaimed animator Richard Williams spent nearly three decades of his life toiling away on The Thief And The Cobbler (a radical new project started in the Sixties, but finally slated for completion only after Williams’ Oscar for 1988’s Who Framed Roger Rabbit), only to have it torn from his hands at the very last minute. Re-cut, re-voiced and re-drawn, the final product is a shadow of what “could have been” — and Thief’s tumultuous offscreen saga is the stuff of legend amongst historians, animation fans and film lovers. Using incredible footage from Williams’ lost epic, rare archival footage and interviews with Thief crew members, director Kevin Schreck brings this legendary chapter of cinema history to the screen for the very first time. Called a “Herculean accomplishment” (indieWIRE) and a “fascinating slice of film history” (Variety), this is the gripping story of the greatest animated film never made. Stick around for special bonus material to be screened at the midnight hour!
Dir. Kevin Schreck, 2012, digital presentation, 83 min. – See more at: http://www.cinefamily.org/films/persistence-of-vision/#sthash.BI91SBFK.dpuf