Disney's Pinocchio LEGO Marionette with Jiminy Cricket
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Here is a video of our real life Pinocchio prototype dancing!
Working marionette of Pinocchio with control bar
Pinocchio marionette is 12 inches tall
Minifigure of Jiminy Cricket and umbrella accessory
Extra pieces included to make Pinocchio stringless for display (LEGO could also include extra pieces to make Pinocchio's nose longer).
Set includes 837 pieces total (this may change depending on how the official LEGO design turns out). Here is a breakdown of the current piece count.
667 pieces - Pinocchio (includes extra pieces to make stringless version)
140 pieces - the stand
23 pieces - control bar and strings
7 pieces - Jiminy Cricket minifigure and accessories
My wife and I collaborated on this project. Her LEGO ideas username is jiminyc. I designed the marionette using real bricks and then did the rendering so Pinocchio had the correct coloring. Jiminyc designed the Jiminy Cricket minifigure, tested the build of the final real life marionette and did the graphic design for the project. For Pinocchio’s elbows, shoulders, knees and hips, he has loose ball joints that allow for free movement. Both his ankles are posable with friction ball joints and his fingers are individually posable. He was built with playability in mind so that parts would not pop off while controlling Pinocchio. The marionette is controlled by manipulating the control bar where the strings are attached.
History and significance of Disney’s “Pinocchio”:
On February 23, 1940 Pinocchio premiered in theaters. 2015 marks the 75 year anniversary of “Pinocchio” and we are celebrating it with this project. Pinocchio was the 2nd animated feature film released by Walt Disney Studios and is widely considered the studios most technical achievement. Not only this, but almost every Disney movie you see is preceded by the castle and an instrumental version of the song “When You Wish Upon a Star” that was originally featured in “Pinocchio”. In 1994 the film was picked by the United States National Film Preservation Foundation to be included in the National Film Registry as a culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant film. Only 1 film is picked to receive this honor each year.
This movie is one of our all time favorites with some of our favorite Disney characters. My wife and I both have a love for puppets and marionettes and hope you are as excited as we are about the potential for a “Pinocchio” marionette LEGO set. If this set passes the review, LEGO will use our design as a starting point and design the final Pinocchio model with their high quality standards.
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