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    Disneyland - Pirates of the Caribbean "Prisoners and Pirates" Original Maquette (Walt Disney/WED Imagineering, c. early 1960s). Years before the 1967 debut of the ride that would turn into a billion-dollar franchise, these small sculptures were made to finalize the poses and positioning for Walt Disney to review personally. No molds were ever made of these. Once Disney approved each maquette, it was used as the model for the full-size sculpture.

    A 1974 Disney brochure on the ride described the process as follows: "A scale model of the adventure was built as a guide for studying the Pirates of the Caribbean in miniature. The mock-up, as the model is called, enabled the Imagineers to view the entire show as the adventure's guests would later see it.... Clay figures, nine inches high, were placed on the mock-up to portray the pirates as they were to appear in the final version of the show... These detailed characters ... were moved from place to place on the model set, much like a movie director instructs his actors, so that every aspect of the action could be thoroughly envisioned.... The small replicas became the guides for the actual sculpting of... life-size figures."

    Meanwhile, this has become one of the most popular theme park attraction rides in the world, a major draw not only in Disneyland but at Disney World, Tokyo Disneyland, and Disneyland Paris. Of course, it has also spawned a smash-hit movie franchise. "Pirates of the Caribbean" was the last ride Walt Disney participated in designing. It opened just three months after his death in 1967, and he promoted this ride on the Wonderful World of Color TV show before it opened.
    Little if any artwork from the creation of this ride has ever been offered in the marketplace. These maquettes were made using an oil-based clay, there was no baking. After sculpting paints were applied directly onto the figures. The major sculptors at the time these were made would have been Ken O'Brien and Blaine Gibson. Disney would review these, set up at eye level, so he was "moving through the ride" as he walked through the display.

    The handmade sculpture offered here has a base measuring 15" x 4" x 8.5". Figure one is 8" x 1.25", figure two is 7.25" x 1.5", and figure three is 8.25" x 2.25" (sizes are approximate). Third-party shipping is required.

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