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Saturday, March 26, 2016

Original Courvoisier Production Cel Setup of Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro, Cleo, and Water Effects Cels from "Pinocchio," 1940

 
Original hand painted and hand inked production cel setup of Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro, Cleo, and water effects cels all over a hand painted Courvoisier background from "Pinocchio," 1940; Size - Pinocchio Geppetto Figaro Cleo & Raft: 8 1/2 x 4", Image 9 x 13", Frame 17 1/2 x 21 1/2"; Framed double matted, a gold wood frame, and UV conservation clear glass.

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"A raft? That's it! We'll take the raft. And when the whale opens his mouth..." - Pinocchio

"Pinocchio," 1940 was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, and followed on the success of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." 1937. It was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 23, 1940 and was based on the Italian children's novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio" by Carlo Collodi. The general plot of the film involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto, who carves a wooden puppet that he names Pinocchio. One night the puppet is brought to life by the Blue Fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Pinocchio's journey to become a real boy is challenged by his encounters with an array of scrupulous characters.


Close up of the Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo original Courvoisier animation production cel setup.

"Pinocchio" became the first animated feature to win an Academy Award; it won for both Best Music - Original Score and for Best Music - Original Song for "When You Wish Upon A Star." Most critics and audiences agree that "Pinocchio" is among the finest Disney features ever made, and one of the greatest animated films of all time. In 1994, it was added to the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."


Close up of the Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo original Courvoisier animation production cel setup. 

Due to the huge success of "Snow White," Walt Disney wanted more famous voice actors for "Pinocchio." He cast popular singer Cliff Edwards (who had made the first record selling over a million copies) as Jiminy Cricket. Disney also wanted the character of Pinocchio to be voiced by a real child. The role ended up going to twelve year old actor Dickie Jones, who had previously been in Frank Capra's enormous Hollywood hit, "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."


Framed Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro and Cleo Courvoisier original animation production cel setup. 

Animation began in September 1938 and just as in "Snow White," live-action footage was shot for "Pinocchio" with the actors playing the scenes; which was supervised by Hamilton Luske. The animators then used the footage as a guide for their animation drawings by studying the human movement and then incorporating many of those poses and scenes. The title character was animated by Milt Kahl (initial design), Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston. "When I was doing Pinocchio," Johnston said, "I thought of the character being real, a living person, not a drawing."

"Pinocchio," was groundbreaking in the area of effects animation. The animators gave realistic movement to vehicles, machinery, and natural elements; such as rain, lightning, snow, smoke, shadows, and water. In contrast to the character animators, effects animators create everything that moves around the characters. Sandy Strother, one of the Disney effects animators from "Pinocchio," kept a diary about his year long animation of the water effects; which included splashes, ripples, bubbles, waves, and the illusion of being underwater. All of this attention to detail contributed to "Pinocchio" being one of the first animated films to have highly realistic effects animation. Ollie Johnston remarked "I think that's one of the finest things the studio's ever done" and Frank Thomas stated, "The water looks so real a person can drown in it, and they do."


Original Courvoisier label.

This is an absolutely spectacular multiple hand painted and hand inked original production cel setup of Pinocchio, Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo. It is extremely rare to have multiple characters in a single frame, and this one has all four of the main characters and all are full figure. The cel occurs when all four of them are trapped inside of the whale Monstro. Pinocchio decides to create smoke from a fire in order to make Monstro sneeze; causing them and their raft to be shot out from inside the giant whale. A great action oriented image, with a full figure Geppetto hanging onto the back of the raft, a full figure and eyes and mouth open image of Pinocchio reaching for an oar, a full figure eyes open Cleo in her fish bowl, and a full figure eyes open Figaro the kitten. In addition, there are multiple water effects cels and all of the cels are place on a hand painted Courvoisier background. The original Courvoisier label is included.

To view this setup in the film, click on the short video below:

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