Jiminy Cricket Maquette - Walt Disney Archives Collection - Limited Edition
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Pinocchio was the first Disney feature to utilize animator models, or ''maquettes.'' The molds for this Jiminy Cricket figurine are made from a digital scan of the original, expressive piece created for the production. See more
Magic in the details...
Established in 1938, the Character Model Department, led by Joe Grant, was responsible for determining the look for a variety of characters, as well as maintaining design integrity when as many as 30 different artists might draw a subject. During the making of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and other early animated projects, artists primarily used model sheets that featured the characters in key poses to keep their appearance consistent.
Recognizing the need for something more to assist artists in adapting quickly to a variety of new characters, the Character Model Department employed sculptors to create three-dimensional figures. These animator models would expose crucial angles, reveal the play of light and shadow, and clarify issues of perspective, allowing artists to study each character in a brand new way. Originally sculpted out of clay, these initial pieces were cast as a limited number of plaster models which were painted by the Inking and Painting department and then distributed to key artists and animators.
Pinocchio was the first Disney feature to utilize animator models, or ''maquettes.'' In addition to multiple poses for the main characters like Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket and Geppetto, the department also created working puppets, vehicles and clocks. These figurines proved to be so popular that Walt Disney occasionally used them as gifts to VIPs and they were sometimes used as decor in studio offices.
This skillfully crafted, hand-painted sculpture was developed through the shared efforts of The Walt Disney Archives, Disney Imagineering and other Disney resources. Originating from an animation maquette in the company's collection, the production molds for this piece are made from a digital three-dimensional scan by Disney Imagineering. To distinguish it from the original, the final production size varies approximately 10%. This piece is one of a sequentially numbered, randomly distributed limited edition series.
- Numbered Limited Edition of 3500
- Certificate of Verification
- Includes Story Card and gift box
- Vintage coloration achieved through hand-matching paint swatches from the Disney paint palette to originals
- Part of the Walt Disney Archives Collection
The bare necessities
- 7 1/8'' H
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