Monday, April 17, 2006

The Making Of Pinocchio

Cartoon Brew is even more interesting than usual this morning, with page scans from Popular Mechanics' 1940 look at the making of Pinocchio.

For my money, Walt Disney's Pinocchio is the greatest film ever made with traditional, hand drawn animation techniques. Its also one of the few films I actually went out fo my way to see on the smallest TV set in the house. I wanted to look at the images, at least once, at the size they were originally drafted. Watching it again, after that, made the fine detailing, scope and scale of the design even more impressive.

The simple understanding of how to really use a big, big cinema screen was never better displayed than in this film - not by Kubrick, not by Lasster, not by Gilliam, not by anyone.

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