BLUE FAIRY PRODUCTION DRAWING WALT DISNEY STUDIOS GRAPHITE, RED, AND BLUE PENCILS ON PEG HOLE PAPER, 1940. Original production animation drawing in blue, red, and graphite pencils of the Blue Fairy from "Pinocchio, " 1940, Walt Disney Studios; Numbered 54 in pencil and production numbers stamp lower right; Signed by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in pencil lower center; Unframed. As I live and breathe... Jiminy Cricket upon witnessing the Blue Fairy for the first time. "Pinocchio, " 1940 was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, and followed on the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.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. Due to the huge success of "Snow White, " Walt Disney wanted more famous voice actors for Pinocchio. Disney also wanted the character of Pinocchio to be voiced by a real child. The role ended up going to twelve year old actor Dickie Jones, who had previously been in Frank Capra's enormous Hollywood hit, Mr.
Animation began in September 1938 and just as in "Snow White, " live-action footage was shot for "Pinocchio" with the actors playing the scenes; which was supervised by Hamilton Luske. The animators then used the footage as a guide for their animation drawings by studying the human movement and then incorporating many of those poses and scenes. The title character was animated by Milt Kahl (initial design), Frank Thomas, and Ollie Johnston. "When I was doing Pinocchio, " Johnston said, I thought of the character being real, a living person, not a drawing.In a story meeting for the upcoming film "Pinocchio" on January 12, 1939, Walt Disney stated that the Blue Fairy was to give the appearance of loveliness... (but not look like) a glamour girl. The early model sheets and preliminary sketches reflect this idea, depicting the character as an ethereal beauty with swirling, billowing clothes and loose, unkempt hair (to reflect the fact that the fairy has literally flown into the scene). At some point in development, the design was changed to a less ethereal figure with human proportions. This final version of the character, with her glittery dress, solid hair, and more human proportions, suggested the inspiration of Jean Harlow (the American actress and sex symbol of the 1930's who was dubbed the "Blond Bombshell") and thus ultimately resembling the'glamour girl' Walt Disney had initially tried to avoid.
However, Disney seemed pleased with this version of the character, whose newly-found sexual allure worked on both Jiminy Cricket and the male animators working on the film, who reportedly whistled on first seeing a color test of the Blue Fairy. Jack Campbell's animation of the Blue Fairy closely followed live-action footage of Marge Champion (who was also the performance model for Snow White) under the direction of Hamilton Luske.The Blue Fairy, was the only female character (besides Cleo the fish) in the film "Pinocchio" and was voiced by Evelyn Venable, an American actress. Evelyn was also the model for the first ever Columbia Pictures Torch Lady. Oskar Fischinger, a famous abstract filmmaker from Germany, who had been hired by Disney primarily to help with "Fantasia's" opening sequence of Toccata and Fugue in D Minor composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. The segment consisted of live-action of the orchestra playing the piece, illuminated by abstract light patterns set in time to the music and backed by stylized and superimposed shadows. Fischinger went on to be responsible for animation of the Blue Fairy's magic, including the effects surrounding her when she first enters Geppetto's workshop and the beams of light emanating from the Blue Fairy's wand.
This original production drawing is an absolute perfect image of the Blue Fairy. Her mouth and eyes are open, her pair of wings are visible as is her wand, and her flowing gown is delicately rendered beautifully. The drawing is hand signed by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston in pencil; and would be a great addition to any vintage Walt Disney animation art collection!
Measurements: Size - Blue Fairy: 8 1/2 x 4 3/4", Sheet: 12 1/2 x 15 1/2". Condition: See pictures of the actual drawing, which is in excellent overall condition despite minor tears on sheet edges and very minor paper loss to top and bottom edges as shown above! All items we sell are from a smoke-free/mold-free home/workplace and are in excellent condition unless otherwise noted. I own every work pictured for sale and I stand behind every item.
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