(Note: this print already sold, but that doesn’t keep me from loving it.) I can’t help it. There’s something heartwarming about old Disney prints. Printed in the 1940’s, it’s a genuine original vintage art print of Pinocchio before the Blue Fairy brings him to life. Geppetto is painting the last finishing touches, while Figaro and Cleo happily watch. I wonder if they knew how much trouble he’d become, would they still be smiling?
Maybe they would be after all. Maybe. Pinocchio was a magical tale of wish fulfillment on the one hand, but on the other, it’s a classic story about growing up. Going from spoiled, selfish brat, to a responsible child willing to sacrifice for his family.
The art is beautiful – I’m a fan of the soft pastel look, especially in these vintage prints. My favorite part of the image is the shadow on the wall. Not sure exactly why, but it’s just a very appealing touch. I could get all metaphysical and make up a bunch of junk about what the shadow means… but the truth is, I just like it.
Many years ago, when my son was maybe 4 years old, Disney re-released Pinocchio to theater. We took him to see it, and he was enthralled. It was such a big deal to him, and he remembered every single detail. No kidding… Every. Single. Detail. He called his Grandma to tell her all about the story. Went into so much depth, it took him longer to tell her the story of Pinocchio than it took to watch the movie. From just one viewing, he knew every element, and could describe it in full detail. And he did. With all the excitement a 4-year-old can muster.
Ever since, I’ve had a soft spot for the movie, and the character. Good memories.