Our association with the Walt Disney Company goes back several years and encompasses work from Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella, Winnie-the-Pooh, and Mickey and Minnie Mouse. Among the most sought after are the items based on Disney's masterpiece of animation art, Pinocchio.
Following the success of the Snow White series, we turned our attention to Walt Disney¹s second full-length animated film - and arguably his best - "Pinocchio". Almost immediately it was clear that while the medium of felt would be wonderful for Geppetto, in the interests of fidelity, it would be essential that Pinocchio be made out of wood.
This challenge was met with a historic collaboration between R. John Wright and the renowned ANRI Company in Italy - which has been in the same family for four generations specializing in beautifully carved wood creche sets, religious statues, and decorative figurines. After extensive research at the Disney Archives, the RJW model of Pinocchio was finalized in wax and the parts were sent to ANRI for replication in wood.
Measuring approximately 9" tall, the RJW Pinocchio is made of Alpine maple. He is fully jointed at the neck, shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees for expressive posing. With carefully hand painted facial features and a hand-knotted mohair wig, he wears his trademark costume tailored of the finest all-wool felt. Every shade and detail has been extensively researched at the Disney Archives to make this the most authentic Pinocchio ever made. In only this version as a puppet, Pinocchio's eyes are painted looking straight ahead and his strings are attached to the marionette controls.
The accompanying Geppetto doll - in addition to being fully jointed at the neck, shoulders, and hips - features innovative ball and socket jointed knees to enable him to sit and stand realistically. Made entirely of all-wool felt, Geppetto has a molded felt character face with hand painted features, sculptural hands with individually sewn fingers, and feet with molded toes! His custom-made wig is meticulously hand-knotted of the finest imported mohair.