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    Pinocchio Animation Drawing (Walt Disney, 1940).
    "A great big fire!" Sporting his newly-sprouted donkey ears and tail, Pinocchio leaps into the air at the thought of his new idea - by lighting a smoke-producing bonfire, he'll cause Monstro the whale to sneeze. (Thereby, Pinocchio, Geppetto, Clio, and Figaro will all be free from his stomach.) The feature is hailed to this day as the pinnacle of artistic achievement in animation; with this film, the Disney Studio really came into its own, and mastered the art of intricate and sophisticated camerawork, story, and effects animation. Largely due to the outbreak of war in Europe, the film initially gave disappointing box office returns. Over the 80 years since it was released, it has become one of the most famous and most successful films of all time. Young animator Milt Kahl was responsible for suggesting his realistic "childlike" movement - as well as his innocent, likeable personality, and appealing character design. At the time, he felt that fellow animators Fred Moore, Ollie Johnston, and Frank Thomas were too narrowly focused on Pinocchio's "inanimate, wooden origins" and worried that audiences would not find him a likeable character otherwise. Fortunately, good sense prevailed, and audiences ended up with the Pinocchio we have today, based on Kahl's suggestions. The stunning animation drawing features a very large image of an exuberant Pinocchio - excited by the prospect of escape. From the end of his tail to the tips of his ears, he measures 7" tall. His cast shadow (beneath him, to the left) is interesting in that the outline of Figaro the kitten is immediately recognizable, in the negative space (the two characters would have been animated on separate sheets of paper.) The image is rendered in graphite and colored pencil on 12 field animation paper. It has been matted and framed under Plexiglass, with a mat opening of 11" x 8.5" in a 17" x 14.5" frame. Fame is sold as-is. Drawing has light creasing and handling-wear. In Very Good condition.

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