Pinocchio (1940)

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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

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  • Cliff Edwards in Pinocchio (1940)
  • Dickie Jones and Evelyn Venable in Pinocchio (1940)
  • Dickie Jones in Pinocchio (1940)
  • Cliff Edwards and Dickie Jones in Pinocchio (1940)
  • Dickie Jones and Christian Rub in Pinocchio (1940)
  • Dickie Jones in Pinocchio (1940)

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Norman Ferguson , T. Hee , Wilfred Jackson , Jack Kinney , Hamilton Luske , Bill Roberts , Ben Sharpsteen


Carlo Collodi (from the story by), Ted Sears (story adaptation), Otto Englander (story adaptation), Webb Smith (story adaptation), William Cottrell (story adaptation), Joseph Sabo (story adaptation), Erdman Penner (story adaptation), Aurelius Battaglia (story adaptation)

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17 February 2001 | Studio Morye Reviews
| Wonderful
Last night I watched Pinocchio, Disney's second feature-length film and in my opinion one of the studio's best features. Based on the 19th century book by Carlo Collodi, but not half as unpleasant, Pinocchio combines winning animation with great humor and excitement. There are songs, but they're never like the huge production numbers that last four minutes and feature the voice of some up-and-coming princess of pop (who'll be gone in a year) that the studio later adopted with the applicable exception of When you Wish Upon a Star. My favorite song is "Little Wooden Head" which is featured in the beginning and is a truly wonderful scene as Gepetto and Figaro play happily with the new puppet.

The movie takes a sadistic, cruel, heartless little wooden boy (Collodi's character) and turns him into an interesting, 3-dimensional kid with a good heart but who is weak-willed and doesn't always listen to reason. The animation makes brilliant use of the multiplane camera, featuring a sprawling opening sequence in which the viewer practically sees the entire village at night. The characters are colorful and fun (I especially love Honest John Foulfellow and his sidekick Gideon) and the story has never a dull moment. This film is a reminder of the sort of efforts Disney put int o their films; the man himself had a great storytelling passion that was lost in later works (Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians). Pinocchio was never as famous as some of the others, and this is unfortunate because it is his masterpiece.

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Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy | Musical

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