Time to Say Goodbye to the Walt Disney Classics Collection

Douglas Rickard with Chernabog Walt Disney Classics Collection and his Fantasia drawing

Holding Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture Chernabog: “Night on Bald Mountain,” Douglas Rickard next to his “Fantasia Characters” art, at the Castle China event in 2014

I’ve displayed my still-lifes of the Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures up at Castle China before, but nothing prepared me for the true treasures opened up at this month’s event in Dudley, poignantly, perhaps the last ever like this. (That’s my hand touching the “Bambi” Field Mouse, below!)

Walt Disney Classics Collection

First ever Walt Disney Classics Collection piece. From “Bambi” Field Mouse: “Little April Shower.”

Cinderella Dress

“Cinderella:” “A Lovely Dress for Cinderelly” NLE 5,000, 9” Walt Disney Classics Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In this fleeting video report of the day, catch farewell close ups of over 20 Walt Disney Classics Collection characters!

Never have three dimensions captured Disney characters so accurately, as the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Even vintage maquettes animators used as guides, in the making of Walt Disney’s movies like “Fantasia” and “Pinocchio,” don’t seem to have literally stepped out of the film, in both form and color in the same way this fine art sculpture line does.

Mr Toad

Mr. Toad: “Blue Boy” 6 1/2” and “Pinkie” 7” Walt Disney Classics Collection Disneyland Exclusive 2000

In 1993 at the start, original animators like Marc Davis were around too, with advice for translating their creations into porcelain. Collectors enjoyed how Tinker Bell’s sculpture precisely mirrored her on-screen pose in “Peter Pan.” And it wasn’t just fairies that received this careful treatment, even behemoths like Monstro were caught by the WDCC artists and sculptors. And we could own these ourselves!

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Tinker Bell: “A Firefly! A Pixie! Amazing!” NLE 12,500, 5” Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Kent Melton

Monstro

“Pinocchio:” “Monstro’s Revenge” NLE 750, 8 1/2” 2001 Walt Disney Classics Collection, sculpted by Dusty Horner

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Douglas Rickard and his Donald Duck drawing of the WDCC sculpture

Taking my framed art up from London a day early gave me the opportunity to un-box and experience close-up a couple of rare Disney “Fantasia” collectibles as you’ll see in this video:

I don’t think the initial Pixar characters were favorable to the line. Woody and Buzz look three dimensional already, and in 1998, better in life as… toys. Today though, the computer animated Disney character has the illustrative softness of those in a film Walt Disney himself had touched (films originally only ever chosen by the WDCC.) Elsa and Anna even look like fine porcelain.

New licensee Precious Moments in 2013 were about to put the WDCC name to Disney gift-ware. It was quite possibly the ire of collectors, that ensured the encasing of the Walt Disney Classics Collection line safely into a “vault” instead. After all, collectors had been educated on the finer points of porcelain figurines over the years by… the WDCC.

Snow White herself awoke from such a state and so one day I wish, will the Walt Disney Classics Collection. Could Olaf’s size and stature be more fitting for a starter sculpture? My first purchase was tiny Thumper. Once I had him home, larger “Bambi” pieces from that scene (with price tags I’d never once dreamed I’d pay) eventually followed. However, you and I can still open teal green boxes from the secondary market and in the meantime, here are a few, fun un-boxing videos:

Prayers for Protection – Military Gift Ideas

Isaiah 54:17: “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper,” appears in dark sky blue, backlit by the dawn, as sons, fathers, and our beloved family members embark on deployment. And you can personalize this Bible verse. Your loved one’s name, in separately hand drawn letters can be digitally superimposed into the 13” x 9.5” art print version of this art, which fits in many store bought frames that display 10” x 8” pictures.

Gifts for Soldiers

Gifts for Soldiers

Military Gift Ideas

Military Gift Ideas

Military art

Military art

If you’re thinking of gifts for deployed soldiers, there is also a 3.5” x 2.5” Art Card version, which although cannot be personalized, has the whole of this divine protection verse printed within the white borders. So whether this is for those at home believing and praying the Word, or those overseas, this oil pastel drawing honors your service and aims to assist you in praying God’s promise of protection for soldiers.

Isaiah 54

Isaiah 54

A prayer for soldiers

A prayer for soldiers

Gifts for Deployed Soldiers

Gifts for Deployed Soldiers

Every dad like Gepetto deserves a gift like Pinocchio

I remember being particularly struck as a little boy, when Gepetto’s calls were drowned out by thunder just as Stromboli’s wagon passed by with Pinocchio inside. But that made this final moment from the 1940 movie, all the more joyful, didn’t it! Now, Pinocchio doesn’t just become a real boy, but a mixed media drawing of the Dusty Horner, 2008 Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture.

Pinocchio becomes a real boy

Pinocchio becomes a real boy

Gepetto and Pinocchio, print of Douglas Rickard's drawing of Dusty Horner's Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture

Gepetto and Pinocchio, print of Douglas Rickard’s drawing of Dusty Horner’s Walt Disney Classics Collection sculpture

Every dad deserves a gift like Pinocchio

Every dad deserves a gift like Pinocchio

Oil pastel color brought ‘life’ to my charcoal still-life of this 7 ½ porcelain figurine. What dad doesn’t deserve a gift like one of these fine art print versions, including a Hand Embellished edition, upon which I can even hide his initials on Gepetto’s sleeve. A couple of years ago I met one of my Buyers who carried a miniature Art Card version in her purse, perhaps a reminder of the mutual joy which can be found in a father’s love.

Have your own dad's initials hidden upon Gepetto's sleeve in a bepsoke art print version

Have your own dad’s initials hidden upon Gepetto’s sleeve in a bepsoke art print version

Have splashes of briny iridescent blue and white added to this Pinocchio art

Have splashes of briny iridescent blue and white added to this Pinocchio art

The mutual joy which can be found in a father’s love

The mutual joy which can be found in a father’s love

For your English country manor

I don’t know whether he travelled in carriages, but this is my oil pastel rendition, in the style of John Constable, of one Belcher, an 18th Century Staffordshire Bull Terrier belonging to English aristocrat Lord Camelford. One thing is for sure though, every Staffy loves a bit of comfort!

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier

English Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Venice Pictures

In this Italian cityscape, just like the Renaissance painters, I chose a certain type of warm, “golden” pigment, and applied contrasting orange and purple hues to evoke the atmosphere of a Venetian sunset.

Venice art

Venice art

Venice Italy

Venice Italy

Venice drawing

Venice drawing

My Venice drawing, a Grand Canal view of the Basilica di Santa Maria della Salute is available as a Numbered Limited Edition of 35 in three versions. This includes a Bespoke Version with real iridescent oil pastel touches, upon which you can request someone’s initials, subtly hidden in the architecture. How romantic!

Sightseeing in Venice

Sightseeing in Venice

Venice Pictures

Venice Pictures

Art of Venice

Art of Venice

Get a Dopey grin in 2014

I hope this new year gives you plenty of happy… or should I say, Dopey grins.

My drawing of a 2002 Walt Disney Classics Collection piece, which was sculpted by Chris Peterson, is available in four giclée fine art print versions.

Dopey

Dopey