Saturday, March 08, 2008

Pinocchio Maquette 1939 and a Fun Photo

From the photo album of a Walt Disney Studio's employee in the Ink and Paint department in 1938 working at the Hyperion studios are three images of the Pinocchio Marionette maguette. The maquette was created by the model shop at the studio. The employees in the model shop under Joe Grant created many fantastic maquettes for Pinocchio. Fantasia, and more. Once the film was completed, the head of the Pinocchio puppet was given to Bob Baker. Walt Disney knew and admired Bob's puppet work and shows and gave Bob the head in honor of his work. Bob Baker is the master puppeter of Los Angeles and still presents shows in his theater. Disney Shopping Online has recreated the maquette with Bob Baker and Master Replicas help and you can now own an exact replica of the marionette for $300. I believe the lady holding the marionette was a lead in the Ink and Paint department. I can't quite make out which cels she is currently working on. The cels may be from Pinocchio but it is hard to tell.

The last image is a fun image I picked up with the Worlds of Wonder images I posted a while ago. The shot shows the Parade of the wooden shoes at the Pella Iowa tulip festival in May 1967. For those traveling through Iowa this spring, the Pella Tulip Time will be held on May 1, 2 and 3rd this year. Most of the events are free and city turns into Holland for the three days.


Major Pepperidge said...

What an odd coincidence, I just found several slides of a similar tulip festival (maybe the same one? I'll have to go back and look more closely), with folks dancing in the streets in full Dutch finery.

Vintage Disneyland Tickets said...

Super rare stuff here. These are golden, I would love to see that original Pinocchio, even just his head! Thanks for the link on Bob Baker, fascinating!

Anonymous said...

I can't stop marvelling at all the gooodies I get to discover on this site on a daily basis!

Thanks for the joy!