The underrated Canadian animator Richard Williams directed and coscripted this mind-boggling London-made cartoon musical feature, the first to be made in ‘Scope since Disney’s Sleeping Beauty. The movie was in and out of production for more than 25 years, with Williams working on it as a labor of love in between more lucrative projects (such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit). Eventually he lost creative control, and it’s impossible to say whether this would have been more coherent or less without all the postproduction interference; as storytelling it’s perfunctory, but as imaginative animation that revels in two-dimensionality it’s often wonderful—an improbable blend of Escher, op art, Persian miniatures, and Chuck Jones that shoots off in every imaginable direction and is a lot more memorable than either Aladdin or Pocahontas (though its cultural references are much more confused and varied). The cast of offscreen voices includes the late Vincent Price (as the main villain), Matthew Broderick (as the humble cobbler hero), Jennifer Beals (as the princess), Eric Bogosian, Toni Collette, and Jonathan Winters (as a disreputable thief); Margaret French collaborated on the script, and Robert Folk and Norman Gimbel wrote the songs.