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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Original Production Animation Cel of Pinocchio from "Pinocchio," 1940


Original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Pinocchio from "Pinocchio," 1940, Walt Disney Studios; Set on a wood veneer Courvoisier background; With original Courvoisier Galleries label; Size - Pinocchio: 8 3/4 x 10 1/2", Image 12 x 12 1/2", Frame 25 x 22 1/2"; Framed with three acid free mats, gold wood frame, custom engraved brass title plaque, and plexiglass.

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Blue Fairy:  "Why... Monsters? Weren't you afraid?"
Pinocchio: "No, ma'am, but they tied me in a big sack."
Blue Fairy: "You don't say!" And where was Sir Jiminy?"
Pinocchio: "They put him in a little sack."

"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 original Production Animation Cel of Pinocchio

"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."


Original Courvoisier Galleries label.

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 original Production Animation Cel of Pinocchio.

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."


Close up custom of the engraved brass title plaque.

This is an extremely large original hand painted and hand inked production animation cel of Pinocchio set on a wood veneer Courvoisier background. The painted cel is an amazing 8 3/4 x 10 1/2", making it one of the largest portrait cels of Pinocchio to exist outside of Disney Archives! The cel is from one of the greatest scenes in the film, which occurs after Pinocchio has become Stromboli's star attraction as a marionette who is able to sing and dance without strings. Pinocchio wants to go home, but Stromboli locks him inside of a birdcage. Jiminy Cricket arrives to try and help him, but is unable to free Pinocchio from the cage. Suddenly the Blue Fairy appears, and asks Pinocchio why he is not in school. Although Jiminy urges Pinocchio to tell the truth, he starts telling lies; which causes his nose to grow longer and longer. This cel is from that famous scene when Pinocchio is telling the Blue Fairy that Jiminy was put into a little sack by two big monsters with green eyes. Pinocchio's nose grows longer, and now even has small leaves sprouting from the tip. This is a wonderful cel from the most famous scene in the film, and would make a great addition to any serious animation art collection! The complete dialog for the scene is below:

Blue Fairy: "Pinocchio, why didn't you go to school?"
Pinocchio: "I was going to school till I met somebody."
Blue Fairy: "Met somebody?"
Pinocchio: "Yeah. Two big monsters... with big, green eyes."
Blue Fairy:  "Why... Monsters? Weren't you afraid?"
Pinocchio: "No, ma'am, but they tied me in a big sack."
Blue Fairy: "You don't say!" And where was Sir Jiminy?"
Pinocchio: "Oh. Jiminy?"
Jiminy Cricket: "Leave me out of this."
Pinocchio: "They put him in a little sack."
Blue Fairy: "No!"
Pinocchio: "Yeah!"