(Walt Disney Studios, c.1939) A very rare production maquette used during the creation of the feature film Pinocchio. The hand-painted plaster sculpture features an early version of Jiminy Cricket. Maquettes like this are used in production by the lead animators as a three dimensional reference of the character's design. With these maquettes, the animators have a physical tool that they can rotate and study, in the same way that an artist might use a live model. Production maquettes rarely become available due to the very limited number that were created, the high level of desirability today, and the general fragile nature of the pieces. The maquette measures 7" tall and is in good condition for its age, with expected signs of wear for a plaster sculpture that is approximately eighty years old. The base has a stamp from the Walt Disney Character Model Department.