Friday, May 22, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Stromboli from "Pinocchio," 1940

Original production drawing in red, blue, brown, purple, violet, teal, and graphite pencils of Stromboli from "Pinocchio," 1940; Numbered 111 lower right; On watermarked five peg hole paper and stamped with production numbers lower right; Size - Stromboli 7 x 5 1/4", Sheet: 10 x 12"; Unframed.

Although Pinocchio encounters a wide range of antagonists, two of the cruelest are the Coachman and Stromboli; the evil puppeteer, showman, and gypsy whose only goal was to make money. Both the Coachman and Stromboli were voiced by Charles Judes who added a heavy Italian accent. Stomboli is also the only Disney Villain who cursed, however it was obscured by being done in Italian.  

Close up of the face of Stromboli and his hatchet with color notations.

Hamilton Luske directed the live-action footage of most of the actors posing as characters for Pinocchio. Luske admitted to the fact that the character, acted by story man T. Hee dressed in full gypsy garb, was a bit understated but that he did not want Stromboli's animator Vladimir Tytla doing "too many things." Tyla was a tall and imposing personality and he had a physical build that was similar to that of Stromboli, which may account for him being given the character to animate. It is known that while Tytla was working out sequences for Stromobli in his room, that he would perform the story aloud and that Eric Larson stated that he "thought the walls would fall in." Obviously the performance worked because the villainous Stromboli is one of Walt Disney's greatest memorable villains!

Close up of the bottom right corner with production numbers.

This is a magnificent eyes and mouth open, multicolor pencil drawing of the villain Stromboli. With an evil smile, he is holding his hatchet and rubbing his finger across it to test it's sharpness. In addition, this is the color call out drawing for the hatchet. There are multicolored pencils making up the shading of the hatchet in order to differentiate the various shapes and lines drawn to each form with the color (indicated by the unique numbers) referenced.  The dialog from this scene is below:

[picks up a hatchet]
Stromboli: "And when you are growing too old, you will make good firewood!"
[throws the hatchet into a stack of firewood that also contains a worn-out puppet]
Stromboli: "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!"

To view the scene which this drawing was used to create, click on the short video below: