This is a redesign of the original classic story of “Pinocchio”. The redesign is based on traditional Chinese culture. The art style was influenced by European animation and Chinese shadow puppets.
Pinocchio Color Key
In this design of Pinocchio, I decided to use warm and cool color to convey the story. When there’s more drama, the color becomes cooler. Cooler colors usually signify that audience that there’s an opposition to Pinocchio.
Pinocchio's Second Chance
In this scene, Pinocchio escape the beast called “Nian” and the Goddess is comforting him and giving him another chance. Pinocchio did not listen to the Goddess the first time to go straight home and wander off to Nian’s Lair.
The concept came from many Chinese Goddess’ aesthetics and oriental folding screens.
Pinocchio Leaves Home
This key scene is when Pinocchio leaves home and departs from Geppetto. This scene was to convey the brutal and unloving nature of Pinocchio.
Pinocchio and Geppetto Reunited
Pinocchio and Geppetto are finally reunited in the belly of the beast. Both Geppetto and Pinocchio were swallowed by the big catfish, but amidst the trauma, they were able to find each other.
The concept uses a lot of elements that the catfish may have swallowed up.
The Porcelain Lion
Pinocchio didn’t listen to the Goddess when instructed to go back home to find Geppetto. Pinocchio instead decided to wander off and ended up at a terrifying home of a beast called “Nian”.
The concept of Nian was based on Chinese Mythology during Lunar New Year. As a tradition, Chinese people would light up firecrackers to scare away this monster every Lunar New Year to protect the children. It was an added touch to make the monster out of porcelain, using the blue as one of the most low point of the story.
Prop Designs for Pinocchio
These designs were inspired or based on traditional Chinese culture. Many of the props are made from natural materials such as clay, stone, wood, and bamboo.