My path to the Castle of the Prince and Cinderella

Walt Disney’s animated 1950 “Cinderella.” Today it’s like some precious, ancient pictorial and musical manuscript, from which little girls’ dresses and collectibles, theme park experiences, and the 21st century live action movie (now my favorite of all time,) have all courteously used as their source.

Would you like to take a walk-through tour with me in the video below, of my castle? Larry Nikolai was the concept artist for this 10” piece which was retired in 1998 and came with a deed “signed” by the original “owner”, transferring ownership!

Cinderella art

Cinderella art

Drawing and smudging with princess appropriate oil pastels, now here’s my new Cinderella art still life study of this highly accurate and faithful Walt Disney Classics Collection, Enchanted Places sculpture “A Castle for Cinderella.”

Castle of The Prince and Cinderella by Douglas Rickard

Castle of The Prince and Cinderella by Douglas Rickard

 

Your way to the Prince's Castle in the sky

Your way to the Prince’s Castle in the sky

Gates to the fairytale castle

Gates to the fairytale castle

Dream is a Wish colored clouds

Dream is a Wish colored clouds

Cinderella glass slipper in the sky

Cinderella glass slipper in the sky

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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:

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

Think of Tinker Bell and here you go!

You’ll zoom all around the room with this Tinker Bell art print of my charcoal and oil pastel drawing of the Walt Disney Classics Collection 4” ornament which was sculpted by Kent Melton.

Tinker Bell

Tinker Bell

Ride into my Beastly Kingdom

A never-built theme park land with a “Fantasia” boat ride in Florida… it would have featured centaurettes and cupids and flying horses and I wish it had materialized.

However, I’ve always said that positioning Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures throughout your house can transport you to one of the park attractions. And the style of my “Story Lines” series of WDCC still-lifes in particular lends itself to this, so “Fantasia Characters,” my newest addition, compliments previous releases like the “Alice in Wonderland Characters,” a drawing composite reminiscent of the existing Wonderland dark ride in California.

Eight sculpture drawings even including one of the dancing mushrooms are planted around my still-life of the WDCC “Enchanted Places” Gazebo and surrounded by a twisting river in charcoal and oil pastel. I hope this art will help you imagine sitting back and enjoying that mythical boat ride that nearly was.

"Beastly Kingdom"

“Beastly Kingdom”

Fantasia Characters

Fantasia Characters

Sorcerer Mickey skips in

I’ve made Sorcerer Mickey part of my upcoming “Fantasia” drawing. The 5 1/8” piece, “Mischievous Apprentice,” was one of the first Walt Disney Classics Collection releases back in 1993, sculpted by Bruce Lau.

And since this will be part of the “Story Lines” series, other still-lifes of WDCC “Fantasia” characters like the Mushroom Dancer are in on this harmonious dance too!

Sorcerer Mickey

Sorcerer Mickey

 

 

One Centaurette too many…

My upcoming “Fantasia Characters” release is a composite of still-life drawings of Walt Disney Classics Collection sculptures. But in this pastoral scene set around the line’s  7” “Enchanted Places” Gazebo, there’s only room for one of the Centaurettes…

For the meantime I’ve begun drawing both 1993 Centaurette pieces sculpted by Kent Melton; the 7 ½” blue “Beauty in Bloom,” and the pink “Romantic Reflections”.

Centaurettes

Centaurettes