The Thief has got to be one of my most favorite animated characters because he emotes & expresses himself completely in pantomime (at least in Richard Williams' original vision & the Recobbled Cut, not in the crappy Miramax version). Like such memorable characters as Dopey & Dumbo, the Thief is an entirely mute character (besides a few gasps here and there). In the film, he is masterfully animated by Ken Harris, famous for animating Bugs Bunny, the Roadrunner & Wile E. Coyote, & the titles for Return of the Pink Panther.
I shall talk more about the Thief & the film itself in my next post tomorrow! Stay Tuned!