Jiminy Cricket Maquette Figurine - Walt Disney Archives Collection
Pinocchio was the first Disney feature to utilize animator models or “maquettes”. This skillfully crafted, hand-painted Jiminy sculpture originates from a late 1930’s maquette in the company's collection; the production molds are made from a 3D scan.
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What is an Animation Maquette>
This skillfully crafted, hand-painted sculpture was developed through the shared efforts of The Walt Disney Archives and Enesco, LLC.
Originating from an animation maquette in the company's collection, the production molds for this piece are made from a digital three-dimensional printout. To distinguish it from the original, the final production size varies approximately 10 percent. This piece is one of a sequentially numbered, randomly distributed limited edition series of 3,500.
Established in 1938, the Character Model Department at Walt Disney Studios employed sculptors to create three-dimensional figures. These animator models or maquettes would expose crucial angles, reveal the play of light and shadow, and clarify issues of perspective, allowing artists to study each character in a brand new way. Originally sculpted by hand out of clay, these initial pieces were cast as a limited number of plaster models which were painted by the Inking and Painting Department and distributed to key artists and animators. Pinocchio was the first Disney feature to utilize these maquettes.
They proved to be so popular that Walt Disney occasionally used them as gifts to VIPs and they were sometimes used as decor in studio offices. To replicate the vintage coloration for this limited edition reproduction, paint swatches from the Disney paint palette were hand-matched to the originals. Includes Certificate of Verification and Storycard.
According to Wikipedia…
The Disney film Pinocchio was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 23, 1940.
After singing the film's signature song "When You Wish Upon a Star", Jiminy Cricket explains that he is going to tell a story of a wish coming true. His story begins in the Tuscany workshop of a woodworker named Geppetto. Jiminy watches as Geppetto finishes work on a wooden marionette whom he names Pinocchio (a name his cat Figaro and fish Cleo both dislike). Before falling asleep, Geppetto makes a wish on a star that Pinocchio would be a real boy. During the night, a Blue Fairy visits the workshop and brings Pinocchio to life, although he still remains a puppet. She informs him that if he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish he will become a real boy and assigns Jiminy to be his conscience.
Geppetto discovers that his wish has come true and is filled with joy. However, on his way to school, Pinocchio is led astray by Honest John the Fox and his companion, Gideon the Cat, who convince him to join Stromboli's puppet show, despite Jiminy's objections. Pinocchio becomes Stromboli's star attraction as a marionette who can sing and dance without strings while performing with marionettes of Dutch girls, French can-can girls, and Russian Cossacks.
However, when Pinocchio wants to go home for the night, Stromboli locks him up in a birdcage. Jiminy arrives to see Pinocchio and is unable to free him. The Blue Fairy then appears and asks Pinocchio why he wasn’t at school. Jiminy urges Pinocchio to tell the truth, but instead he starts telling lies, which causes his nose to grow longer and longer. Pinocchio vows to be good from now on and the Blue Fairy restores his nose back to its original form and sets them free, while warning him that this will be the last time she can help him.
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