Thursday, July 10, 2014

Rest in Peace: Dickie Jones

The immortal voice of Disney's Pinocchio has died...

Here is the New York Times obituary for Dick Jones. (1927-2014)  

Mr. Jones was known as Dickie when, as an 11- and 12-year-old, he played the title role, the marionette who dreams of becoming a real boy, in “Pinocchio,” still recognized as one of the great animated features in movie history.

Here is his Wikipedia entry

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Wooden Pinocchio by Conrad Hartz

Noted ventriloquist figure maker Conrad Hartz posted this wonderful wood carved Pinocchio marionette creation on his Facebook page...

As noted on Ventriloquist Central:
There are some figure makers today that are throw backs to a time gone by and Conrad Hartz is one of those few. He still makes his figures using basswood and hand carves them just like the old makers.

Conrad Hartz hails from Beaufort, South Carolina, USA...

On Puppet Hub he identifies his Puppetry Hero as Bil Baird. He credits the motion picture Lili for initially inspiring him to practice puppetry, and to build puppets. One only has to admire the craftmanship of his ventriloquial figures to see the artist's obvious affection for the work of Paul Winchell.