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Pinocchio

Pinocchio (1940)

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Average Rating: 9.1/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 41 | Rotten: 0

Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.

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Average Rating: 8.3/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.

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When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish. But, even with the help of Jiminy (Cliff Edwards), a cricket who the fairy assigns to be Pinocchio's conscience, the marionette goes astray. He joins a puppet show instead of going to school, he lies

Mar 10, 2009

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Although it may lack the heart-tugging appeal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the consensus among animation fans is that 1940's Pinocchio remains the most perfect animated feature Walt Disney produced.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Pinocchio is a substantial piece of entertainment for young and old.

September 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety | Comment (1)
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The charm, humor and loving care with which it treats its inanimate characters puts it in a class by itself.

August 31, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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It still is the best thing Mr. Disney has done and therefore the best cartoon ever made.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Probably shows Disney's virtues and vices more clearly than any other cartoon.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The moral lessons include a literalization of metaphors about lying and other forms of misbehaving, and the grasp of a little boy's emotions and behavior often borders on the uncanny.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Some films you think you know well, until you revisit them, and are struck all over again by that sense of wonder that moved you in the first place.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Even in our cynical age, it still manages to impress.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

At the heart of this art is the thrill of the then-new: when Pinocchio hits sea-base and gushes "Gee! What a big place!", we share a sense of joy at the filmmakers' creative adventures.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

One of the crown jewels of American cinema, and arguably the most beautiful animated movie in history.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Dreams are something we all need to have, irrespective of age; this uplifting fable reminds us of that.

April 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Continues to shine bright as one of the most magical and delightful films in the Disney animated library.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Pinocchio is above all a cautionary story of the dangers that lurk beyond the comforting arms of the family.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: DVD Review
DVD Review

In spirit a classical European fairy tale, full of wonder and terror … a pinnacle of artistic achievement that, after Bambi, classic Disney would never even try to match again.

March 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

The original Scared Straight!

March 15, 2009 Full Review Source: LarsenOnFilm
LarsenOnFilm

It's still amazing to watch the sheer delight in movement and the sheer joy in decorating the frame with colors and shapes.

March 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Nope, no perverted subtext here.

March 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comments (2)
Slant Magazine

A witty, touching, beautifully composed fable with strong biblical undertones.

March 10, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Can be enjoyed by both the young and old for its fine detailed craftsmanship and pleasing fairytale story.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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For today's knotty kids, Pinocchio's tale still has a few lessons, especially for little boys who lie, ditch school and go to amusement parks.

December 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Boulder Weekly

Audience Reviews for Pinocchio

Fantastical! Wonderful! Amazing! Mesmerizing! These words go above and beyond for this movie, and if I could say anymore, I would call it the best disney film of all time. There are a few films that I like to say I admire more, but I loved everything about "Pinocchio" and all the adventures that he goes on throughout the film. It's all about making your wishes come true by being a good person at heart, and it is one of the most influential films that I have ever seen! I could watch this film over and over again! My only complaint is that is can be a bit dark for children and there is some language and references that nudges at the PG rating, rather than having it's childish G. Overall, "Pinocchio" is a masterpiece of an animate film!
March 24, 2013
KJ Proulx

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Collodi's classic fairy tale adapted to a spellbinding animation full of adventure and tension, notably scarier and more serious in tone than the usual Disney movies. A wonderful story that holds an important moral lesson for children about the dangers of the world.
March 12, 2013
blacksheepboy

Super Reviewer

Pinocchio is a great film, but compared to other Disney classics, I never really re watched this one. I on the other hand really loved the film when I saw it when I was young. This film is a must see for everyone who loves a good animated film. The film, like with every other Disney film has great art, animation and a talented voice cast. Brilliantly drawn, Pinocchio will bring out the child in every viewer and is a must see for anyone who enjoys a touching story. I loved this one growing up, but unlike other Disney classics, I never really re watched this, but I can say without a doubt that this is a near flawless film, another great one for Disney and a definite must see for the entire family. Children will love this film one, and this is a film that adults will enjoy as well. That's the beauty part about Disney films, their ability to capture the imagination of people no matter what age you are. Pinocchio is a stunning film, one that remains a Disney classic along with Snow White, Bambi and others in the company's long standing history. A very enjoyable film, Pinocchio is a memorable film that will appeal to anyone looking for a great animated film. An enjoyable ride from beginning to end, this is among Disney's very best. Brilliantly drawn, and told, Pinocchio is a terrific film that has a great story, one that will appeal to every viewer.
April 29, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Not my favourite walt disney movie that was made however it is a classic and like most of walt disneys movie it has got a great moral story and should be watched!
March 29, 2012
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    1. Geppetto: Say hello to Figaro.
    2. Pinocchio: Hello to Figaro.
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. The Blue Fairy: A boy who won't be good might just as well be made of wood.
    – Submitted by Adam O (15 months ago)
    1. Jiminy Cricket: Go ahead.
    – Submitted by Alex K (16 months ago)
    1. Jiminy Cricket: [after Pinocchio is brought to life] What they can't do these days.
    – Submitted by Alex K (16 months ago)
    1. Pinocchio: I'd rather be smart than be an actor.
    – Submitted by Alex K (16 months ago)
    1. Pinocchio: I should've listened to you, Jiminy.
    – Submitted by Alex K (16 months ago)
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