Monday, July 6, 2015

Original Production Drawing of Stromboli from "Pinocchio," 1940

Original production drawing in red, blue, green, and graphite pencils of Stromboli from "Pinocchio," 1940; Numbered c103 in pencil lower right; On watermarked five peg hole paper and stamped with production numbers lower right; Size - Stromboli 5 1/2 x 8", 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 Stromboli production drawing.

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 production numbers on the Stromboli production drawing.

This is a magnificent eyes and mouth open, multicolor pencil drawing of the villain Stromboli. The dialog from this drawing's scene is below:

Pinocchio: Does that mean I'm an actor?
Stromboli: [bites an onion] Sure! I will push you in the public's eye! Your face, she will-a be on everybody's tongue!
Pinocchio: [sheds tears due to Stromboli's onion breath] Will she?

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