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DescriptionPinocchio Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1940). "Could any of you tell me where to find Monstro?" There are both advantages - and disadvantages of being made of wood. These become apparent upon submersion in water...for one, being a magical puppet, no aqualung is necessary. But conversely, floating would be a problem. Pinocchio solves this problem by anchoring himself with a large stone. Having been partially transformed into a donkey, he now sports a long tasseled tail, and two pointy ears. Tying his tail around the stone, he plunges into the depths of the Mediterranean, in a dangerous quest to save his father from Monstro the whale. Considered by many to be second only to Snow White in terms of artistry and historical significance, this early feature effort from the Disney artists is considered to be the pinnacle of the animated film, especially as it pertains to effects animation. In this drawing, Pinocchio has just jumped into the sea - and is getting used to the feeling of weightlessness and the buoyancy of the water. Many of the undersea creatures are naturally inquisitive about these new visitors, and come up to great Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket. However, as soon as they mention the name "Monstro", all of the little fish flee in abject terror. Pinocchio is rendered in graphite and colored pencil on this 12 field 5-peghole animation drawing. He measures 4.5" high. The paper is stamped "Prod. 2003, Seq. 10, Scene 7.1". With some minor handling and creasing, this drawing is in Very Good condition.
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