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Stromboli drawing from "Pinocchio," 1940

Updated: May 28, 2018

Original production drawing in red, green, and graphite pencils on five peg hole paper; of Stromboli from the 1940 full length animated feature film "Pinocchio" from Walt Disney Studios; The drawing is stamped PROD 2003 SEQ 4.2 SCENE 50 lower right; Stromboli measures 7 3/4" x 7 1/2" and is on a 12 1/2" x 15 1/2".

Stromboli drawing from "Pinocchio," 1940

Although Pinocchio encounters a wide range of antagonists, two of the cruelest are the Coachman and Stromboli; the evil puppeteer, showman, and gypsy whose only goal was to make money. Both the Coachman and Stromboli were voiced by Charles Judes who added a heavy Italian accent. Stomboli is also the only Disney Villain who cursed, however it was obscured by being done in Italian.

Hamilton Luske directed the live-action footage of most of the actors posing as characters for Pinocchio. Luske admitted to the fact that the character, acted by story man T. Hee dressed in full gypsy garb, was a bit understated but that he did not want Stromboli's animator Vladimir Tytla doing "too many things." Tyla was a tall and imposing personality and he had a physical build that was similar to that of Stromboli, which may account for him being given the character to animate. It is known that while Tytla was working out sequences for Stromobli in his room, that he would perform the story aloud and that Eric Larson stated that he "thought the walls would fall in." Obviously the performance worked because the villainous Stromboli is one of Walt Disney's greatest memorable villains!

This is a magnificent full figure, eyes and mouth open, multicolor pencil drawing of the villain Stromboli; and he would make a nice addition to any animation collection!

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