So, Christmas has come and now sadly gone, but Santa was very good to me this year. Over the next few days I will be sharing a few of the Disney-specific items that were left under my tree. The first is this magical little sculpted box featuring characters from one of my favorite films, Pinocchio.
This is a little box with 2 magnets allowing the box to slide open, or you can gently pull it apart. The box itself is fairly small, about 2 inches square, but the detail in the sculpting is a testament to the quality of craftsmanship by the artist.
This is one of a long line of products from The Art of Disney Parks, formerly known by some as the Disney Gallery. The artist is Robert Olszewski; and accomplished artist and instructor who:
In 1995, Robert was commissioned by the Walt Disney Company to prototype miniatures for their Enchanted Places Program.
You can read his complete bio at The Art of Disney Parks website here.
The theme of the piece is taken directly from Disney’s second film, Pinocchio. Pinocchio was released in 1940 after the incredibly successful Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It is a retelling of the classic tale by Carlo Collodi and features some of the most memorable characters created by the animators at the Walt Disney Studios.
The attention to details and quality of the sculpture really makes this a wonderful little piece. The only thing I noticed that seems odd, is on the underside of the sliding top, they did not paint it to match the wood texture. When viewing from the back, which has a great scene of Geppetto and Pinocchio, you see the bare white resin. This is a small oversight in this nicely designed collectible. I am not sure what, if anything, I will keep in this box, but it will have a nice place in my collection of Disneyana. Thanks Santa!