*TINTACK THE COBBLER op.166A (July 1973)

An 'Eastern-Western' film script written for Richard Williams
Published by: Highbridge Music Ltd
Commissioned by: Richard Williams
Note on Lyrics: Script written by Howard Blake after 7 days of discussion


Richard Williams and Howard collaborated on numerous animation film projects (For instance the credit sequence of 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again'), but Dick's passion was to complete his feature-length film, much of which had been shot over a period of 12 years. Howard and Dick viewed the entire footage one evening in 1973 and decided to try and make more sense of the story, the result of which was 'Tintack the Cobbler'. Sadly the film never happened although some of Dick's brilliant footage seemed to turn up elsewhere.


25th October 2013 Film director Kevin Schreck will present 'Persistence of Vision', his documentary about the great animator Richard Williams with whom Howard was associated in the Seventies. Howard's recollections of that time are featured in the film., Friday, 25 October, at 6.30pm at the Barbican Centre's Cinema 1. Gala Opening Event More information here: http://bit.ly/PoVLIAFfb

Barbican Centre Cinema 1 6.30

14th November 2012 Richard Williams, artist and animator, Leeds International Film Festival

Between 1973 and 1979 Howard collaborated with film animator Richard Williams on various projects (perhaps most notably by arranging the credit sequences for 'The Pink Panther Strikes Again). In 1973 he wrote a script treatment for Dick called 'Tintack the Cobbler' which became the basis of a hugely ambitious feature project retitled 'The Cobbler and the Thief'. It was never to be finally realised but a film was made in 2012 about this curious seventies happening and Howard appeared in it and talked about his role in it. This was 'Kevin Schreck's documentary 'Persistence of Vision'. The film had its world premiere at the Vancouver International Film Festival playing to sold-out houses. Variety called it a 'fascinating slice of film history'; the Globe and Mail: 'gripping', the Georgia Straight 'outstanding - a mindblower,a film you shouldn't miss.' Other festival showings included the Denver and DOC NYC, New York. The film had its European premiere at the Leeds International Film Festival on November 14th 2012 and later opened the London Animation Festival at the Barbican.

Related Works

'KING CADBURY' op.178 (January 1974)
Music for an animated TV film by Richard Williams
'BARCLAYS BANK - 'THE COW'' op.180 (March 1974)
Music for an animated TV film by Richard Williams
'BRIEDEL CAMEMBERT' op.181 (March 1974)
Music for an animated TV film by Richard Williams
'ANGEL DELIGHT' op.182 (April 1974)
Music for an animated TV film by Richard Williams
'BRIEDEL LA VACHE' op.183 (April 1974)
Music for an animated TV film by Richard Williams
''AMERICAN'' op.215 (October 1975)
Music for an animated cinema advertising film directed by Richard Williams. CELNE AWARD, NEW YORK 1977
'SAMSON' op.240 (November 1976)
Music for an animated TV film by Richard Williams GRAND PRIX DU CINEMA, CANNES FESTIVAL 1977

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