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Pinocchio 1940

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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I just watched "Once Upon A Time," Episode: "That Still Small Voice", and it explained the story of Geppetto and Jiminy Cricket and so I decided to watch my childhood cartoon, Pinocchio, again. Brings back so many memories. You guys should try the series, Once Upon A Time - it's quite interesting.
One of the most beloved animated film ever isn't one of my favorites. A little boring and slow for me at times. It still holds up pretty well all these years and better than a lot of animated films today.
The early Disney animation is just breathtaking, even compared to todays animation, this is superior and a true art form. This is a charming film, the music and story are wonderful. It's imaginative and very clever. Great moral.


Geppetto is a simple old man who lives with his cat, Figaro, and his fish, Cleo. Geppetto is a master craftsman who builds numerous clocks, furniture, and wooden puppets. Geppetto's prize work, a wooden puppet name Pinocchio, is like a son to him and he would like nothing more than for Pinocchio to become a real boy. One inauspicious evening Geppetto makes a wish upon a star and Pinocchio is granted life...almost. Pinocchio must prove his worth by displaying trust and honor. Will Pinocchio become the real boy Geppetto has always dreamed of?

"Cricket's the name. Jiminy Cricket."

Hamilton Luske (Lady and the Tramp, Peter Pan, Alison in Wonderland, Cinderella and Fantasia) and Ben Sharpsteen (Dumbo and Fantasia) collaborate to deliver Pinocchio. The storyline for this picture is fantastic and amongst my favorite Disney pictures. The storyline includes three obstacles for Pinocchio to overcome that stretches out the storyline and inspires the audience to root for our main character.

"A boy who won't be good might as well be made of wood."

I received Pinocchio as a Valentines Day present from my wife. We finally made the time to watch this gem and it was outstanding. Despite the 88 minute run time, this seemed much longer based on the number of obstacles placed before Pinocchio. The scenarios were very cool and played out to perfection. Pinocchio is easily amongst my favorite Disney pictures.

"I'm collecting stupid little boys."

Grade: A+
Like most of the old Disney classics, this is an amazing movie. Must have for Disney fans for sure.
Another instant classic! Disney a step up from the first feature film!
An unusual choice of a follow up to Snow White, but still exceptable. The film may have underpreformed at the Box office, but is today a classic.
I like PINOCCHIO, but's a film to see, not to join. It's a art masterpiece (with great backgrounds) and a great original music, but it's got a weak storyline.
My grade's 7.

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I know you're all accustomed to "Raul liked this one" to being the sign of an odd movie. A cult movie, maybe--the first time I saw The Rocky Horror Picture Show, for example, was with Raul. We've mentioned the Cocteau Beauty and the Beast, for instance, and the various films of David Lynch. Indeed, that's often how I think of Raul's taste myself. However, practically everyone has a favourite Disney movie, and sometimes, they'll surprise you. I found out recently that the favourite of an older, more matter-of-fact man is Cinderella. I wouldn't've expected it of him, though I'm not sure what I would have picked out as his favourite. (He is also fond of mine, which is of course Sleeping Beauty.) Raul's favourite was Pinocchio. I haven't bought Oliver and Company yet, though I do think about it when I see it, but I knew I was buying this one right away.

Geppetto the lonely old woodcarver makes a puppet out of pine. (According to the trivia track, "Pinocchio" literally means "Pine Eyes.") Before going to bed, he makes a wish on a star that the little wooden boy will be a real little boy instead. The Blue Fairy comes down out of the star and brings the puppet to life. She tells him that, if he is good and faithful, he will become a real boy instead of just a talking puppet. She appoints Jiminy Cricket as his conscience and sets him on his way. Geppetto sends him off to school the next morning, but before he can get there, he is taken off by Honest John and Gideon to be an actor--or, more accurately, a slave to the wicked Stromboli. He escapes with the help of the Blue Fairy, starts home, and is instead diverted to Pleasure Island by those two wicked creatures. Finally, he must find Geppetto, the cat Figaro, and the goldfish Cleo, who are trapped in the belly of the giant whale, Monstro.

This is only Disney's second feature. Indeed, the trivia track (more on which anon) informs us that, when Walt picked up his special Oscar for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he regaled the audience for twenty-five minutes about the plot. I'm guessing they wouldn't let him do that anymore. While Pinocchio isn't as polished as, say, the Pixar films, it's still very good animation. The Blue Fairy is properly ethereal. It's true that the scenes inside Monstro are absolutely ridiculous, anatomically speaking, but they're still visually striking. The songs, of course, are popular--and I have a long, desperate weakness for the later Jiminy Cricket cartoons. "I'm No Fool" indeed.

So that trivia track. I'm pleased that Disney has started providing them for us; maybe they'll put them back on the Muppet Show releases. Interestingly, very little of this one is really about the film itself per se. There's some, of course, which is how I know about that Oscar ceremony thing. However, there are an awful lot of scientific bits. Disney has told us why stars twinkle, a lot about blue whales, and the fact that cats sleep up to eighteen hours a day. There's a little bit about the history of the book, stuff about donkeys, and a lot of etymology about the terminology of puppets. In short, it's pretty much really trivia. I'm always glad for the movie information, of course, but they often find it difficult to stretch the interesting information over the course of even a relatively short film. With this one, they've done away with that problem.

It's pretty rare nowadays, but I can truthfully say that I have actually read some of the book. I have several children's anthologies, and one of them has a chapter form the original Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi (and I'm sure I've read more of it elsewhere!). It's actually pretty gruesome stuff. In the chapter I have, Pinocchio has been chased into the water by a dog. (A police dog?) He ends up in a giant's fishing nets, caught and ready for the giant's dinner. And, indeed, even when he finds out that Pinocchio can talk, the giant still plans to eat him. He calls Pinocchio a puppet-fish and plans to bread and fry him. It's only the dog that saves him, and it's a near thing for puppet and dog even at that. It's kind of amazing to me that Walt looked at the story and thought, "Yeah, we'll make a movie for little kids out of that." And people think Disney is so tame!
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