Knowing the star of Pinocchio had to be appealing, Walt Disney directed his artists to “win the audience to the little guy.” The lovable living puppet was enhanced with vocal artist Dickie Jones, who Walt said, had a “typical nice boy’s voice.”
Walt also created a cricket sidekick, but reported, “At first we made Jiminy sort of a pompous fellow – kind of a windbag,” but voice artist Cliff Edwards’ performance
had “so much life and fun in it that we altered the character to conform to the voice. Thus Jiminy
comes to the screen... lively and full of quips.”
Jiminy (the cricket-sized sculpture is bronze) wants the
little woodenhead to call on him any time, so as the little
conscience cheerfully chirps, all Pinocchio needs to do is
give a little whistle.
Anytime you need me, you know, just whistle!, scheduled for Spring 2011 and sculpted by Bruce Lau is a Numbered Limited Edition (NLE) of 750.