Animation Artifacts &Story & Storyboards 14 Mar 2007 08:16 am

Pinocchio Board #1

John Canemaker came for a short visit and brought the real gold with him. He’s loaned me the photographic stats of the Pinocchio storyboard. The entire board isn’t there, but there’s sure a lot of it. We start with the Blue Fairy sequence. F3-1.3.

So I’ll post it a bit at a time. They’re large scans that have to be reconstructed in photoshop, and I’m doing that as time permits. I’m also trying to clean it up a bit since it’s a rather dark image. I’m trying to post it at the highest possible resolution so that it can be read, but that means I have to cut it in half again or it otherwise won’t load. (Since the board reads across row by row, I’m splitting it lengthwise to make reading easier.)
The type is still a bit small, but it’s the best I can do.

It’s a gem and something that should be out there now while Hans Perk posts the Drafts to the film and Mark Mayerson continues his Mosaic of the entire film. Hopefully, I’ll be able to catch up and keep up with him – a couple of posts a week.

Happy reading:




18 Responses to “Pinocchio Board #1”

  1. on 14 Mar 2007 at 9:26 am 1.Bill said …

    These storyboards are pure gold, but don’t leave us hanging on the last part of I. Klein’s Charles Bowers article.

  2. on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:17 am 2.R.Dress said …

    Cleaning the coffee off my monitor. WWWWWow!!!
    Resolution is not that bad when printed out. I just dragged the file into photo shop and enlarged each frame to about 5×8 @ 300dpi.
    Thanks Michael these are going up in my appartment to study.

  3. on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:30 am 3.Rudy Agresta said …

    Hi Michael,

    A beautiful addition to our knowledge of Animation’s Golden Age! Thank you so much for your efforts on this project – and for everything else on your wonderful SPLOG! What you are presenting along with Hans and Mark is truly the first in-depth glimpse of the “hidden gold” so necessary to turn out the finished product.

    Again, MANY thanks!


  4. on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:30 am 4.Michael said …

    I posted both parts of the Charles Bowers article. I don’t think there’s a third (or if there is I don’t have it.)
    I’m glad the storyboards worked. Lots more to come.
    Another one Friday.


    My error there is a third part of the Bowers article by I.Klein, and I found it buried in the wrong place. I will post it tomorrow.

  5. on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:35 am 5.Mark Mayerson said …

    You’re already ahead of me! You and Hans will be done in no time and I’ll be doing mosaics into next year. Oh well. There’s worse ways to spend time than pulling Pinocchio apart.

  6. on 14 Mar 2007 at 10:41 am 6.Mark Mayerson said …

    Michael, there is a third part to the Bowers article and I have it. I’ll try and post it on my blog within the next week and I’ll link to the first two parts on your blog.

  7. on 14 Mar 2007 at 12:42 pm 7.Eddie Fitzgerald said …

    Very interesting! The boards aren’t exactly continuity boards. They don’t read smoothely and only give a hint of the acting. They seem to be a chronological record of the set-ups. They’re still fascinating to study. Thanks for posting this!

  8. on 14 Mar 2007 at 1:32 pm 8.The Spectre said …

    Wow… these seem to belong to an earlier version of the film… is that an *alternative* introduction for Jiminy (immediately before the Blue Fairy enters, rather than at the beginning of the film) that I see? Fascinating stuff.

  9. on 14 Mar 2007 at 2:27 pm 9.Floyd Norman said …

    Eddie makes a good point. These are not really continuity boards — but they are, “story” boards. I remember the old guys doing work like this when I first came to Disney in the fifties.

    It’s a way of thinking “story” that I just don’t see anymore. Perhaps we’ve all forgotten how to do it.

  10. on 14 Mar 2007 at 2:55 pm 10.Thad Komorowski said …

    Wow! Incredible stuff here! Here’s hoping for “Pinocchio” to get released with decent colors some time this decade…

  11. on 14 Mar 2007 at 5:36 pm 11.Mark Wallaard said …

    We got a great Pinocchio release here in the Netherlands, even labeled Special Edition and all, colors restored. It’s out of print now but I still spot it from time to time at a store or on ebay. It’s a great transfer but it truly deserves an even better one. Wonder when Disney starts releasing blue-ray/hd-dvds of classics like Pinocchio and Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. On topic: priceless stuff these storyboards, realy amazing.

  12. on 14 Mar 2007 at 5:46 pm 12.Bill Robinson said …

    I think Pinnochio is coming up soon on the Platinum Edition list. (Ack, HD DVDs of old animation is not something I’m dying to see…too many stray pencil lines and color variations that were never meant to be noticed) These boards are great, keep ‘em coming!

  13. on 14 Mar 2007 at 6:14 pm 13.Mark Sonntag said …

    Wow, my favourite film, again WOW! When I started doing boards this was what I aspired to do, and still do. Unfortunately there are times where you just have to rush the work out. I think it is important to board everything not just the acting, the camera is a character too and so are the locations.

    Thank you so much for this.

  14. on 14 Mar 2007 at 7:20 pm 14.Boris Hiestand said …

    Thank you so much for taking the time to post these. I’m spreading the word so everyone can marvel at these boards. thanks for sharing!

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  16. on 04 Jun 2007 at 5:33 am 16.John said …

    Wow this is neat stuff. I have never seen stills like this. I’ll come back

  17. on 23 Apr 2010 at 3:23 pm 17.Steven Hartley said …

    Beautifully drawn storyboards, and they’re looks are even close to the original film, and Jiminy’s design isn’t quite the final design, until Ward Kimball did the final design of Jiminy.

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