Thursday, October 27, 2016

Pinocchio Art III

More art from Pinocchio that explains why many people regard this film as the best animated feature ever made.
The thoughtful planing for each scene is evident in Gustaf Tenggren's layout painting from the film's opening. A stunning piece of art that suggests mood, color and camera mechanics. Tenggren also did this village study based on architecture from the Southern German town of Rothenburg.

An early Geppetto rough animation drawing, probably by Art Babbitt.

A rough key and in-between drawing from another Babbitt production scene. Staging and acting are all there, but clean up artists had their hands full when adding detail and solid volumes.

A great cel with two of the film'a villains (Pinocchio has more villains than any other film that I can recall). This might be a color model cel, there is no dry-brush on the characters' cheek hair.

An early version of Lampwick, before Fred Moore got his hands on the character.

Story sketches suggested inspired staging and motion, and the animators took full advantage of this material.

A clean up drawing from a Bill Tytla scene. You can tell how much the animator internalized the character's emotions by the choice of facial expressions like the one here. This artist is totally expressing himself.

Production cels and backgrounds show an enormous amount of artistic integrity and passion for the art form.

Images Van Eaton Galleries and Heritage Auctions

Don't miss out on the once in a lifetime Pinocchio exhibition still running at the spectacular Walt Disney Family Museum:


  1. Do you have any more Bill Tytla roughs? His animation boasts some of the best in history.

    1. An almost complete Stromboli scene is currently on display as part of the Walt Disney Family Museum's exhibit on Pinocchio.

  2. They definitely got everything right in that film, especially the artists. They really set a HIGH standard early on

  3. The Pinocchio exhibition will have to pass out for me, as the Disney Art of Storytelling exhibition in Odense, Denmark is the reasonable place to visit.

    I have to ask you, Deja. What are your feelings for the live-action remake of the animated 1991 feature Beauty and the Beast? Mine is very cynical

  4. I will definitely check out the Pinocchio exhibit! I bet it will be very inspiring. Thanks for the info and your wonderful blog, Andreas.

  5. Andreas, you are aware that the original Tenngren layout is with JK, right?

  6. I had the pleasure of attending the Pinocchio exhibit last month. It was wonderful. I never thought that I would see so many Tengrenn original concepts in one place. Thank you, Andreas, for a number of originals in your collection that you loaned to the exhibit.