Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Original Production Animation Drawing of the Coachman from "Pinocchio," 1940

Original production animation drawing of the Coachman in green, red, and graphite pencils from "Pinocchio," 1940, Walt Disney Studios; Size - Coachman with Sack of Gold: 7 1/2 x 11 1/2", Sheet: 10 x 12"; On watermarked five peg hole paper and stamped with production numbers lower right; Unframed.

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Foulfellow: "Pleasure Island? But the law! Suppose they..."
The Coachman: "No, no. There is no risk. They never come back... as BOYS!"

"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.

"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."

The Coachman is possibly the most evil of all the Disney villains. Unlike other villains who do not escape an ill fate: such as the Evil Queen who is struck by lighting, falls off a cliff, and is smashed by a falling bolder or Maleficent who is impaled by the Sword of Truth hurled by Prince Phillip; the Coachman has no such luck, and continues his purchase of stupid boys for their eventual conversion into donkeys that are then sold for gold.

Close up of the sack of gold.

The Coachman was voiced by Charles Judels who also provided the voice for another villain in Pinocchio, Stromboli. Everything surrounding the Coachman seems foreboding; from his long whip and his stagecoach used to transport the boys to Pleasure Island, to his henchman that appear to be dark featureless creatures carrying out his will.

Close up of the production numbers stamp.

This is a spectacular drawing of the Coachman from his first scene in "Pinocchio" which occurs at the The Red Lobster Inn where he meets with Honest John (Foulfellow) and Gideon. All three are seen smoking, Honest John and Gideon both have cigars and The Coachman has a pipe. The Coachman states the he is "collecting stupid little boys" to take to Pleasure Island where they can "tear the place apart" and that "they never come back... as boys!" This is a wonderful green shaded drawing of the Coachman, both eyes are open, and his eye eyebrows are conveying a happy innocent look. He is holding his pipe in his right hand, and his mouth is open as he is talking to Honest John and Gideon. The gleaming sack of gold coins is beautifully rendered. A fantastic piece of vintage Walt Disney animation artwork!