Pinocchio

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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 woodworker Geppetto (Christian Rub) sees a falling star, he wishes that the puppet he just finished, Pinocchio (Dickie Jones), could become a real boy. In the night, the Blue Fairy (Evelyn Venable) grants Geppetto's wish and asks Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) to serve as the wooden boy's conscience. But the naive and trusting Pinocchio falls into the clutches of the wicked Honest John (Walter Catlett), who leads him astray to the sinful Pleasure Island.

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Don Brodie
Barker
Voice
Walter Catlett
J. Worthington Foul Fellow
Voice
Frankie Darro
Lampwick
Voice
Cliff Edwards
Jiminy Cricket
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Dickie Jones
Pinocchio
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Charles Judels
Stromboli, The Coachman
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Christian Rub
Geppetto
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Evelyn Venable
The Blue Fairy
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  • Taken as a whole, the picture is a masterpiece which sets another milestone along the road of screen entertainment.

    February 25, 2020 | Full Review…
  • This 1940 Disney adaptation of Carlo Collodi's novel...combin[es] comedy, pathos and nightmare in a free, rapid, genuinely imaginative way.

    September 21, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Walt Disney has waved his magic wand over Collodi's world-famous fairy story, "Pinocchio," and presto! he has changed it into the most enchanting film ever brought to the screen.

    February 6, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • 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…
  • Pinocchio is a substantial piece of entertainment for young and old.

    September 3, 2008 | Full Review…

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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…
    TIME Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Pinocchio

  • Aug 13, 2020
    I'm torn with this movie. On the one hand, it really takes the techniques learned by Disney during their shorts and over the course of Snow White to the next level with some truly stunning visuals. There's a great sense of depth, and gorgeous environments. It's one of the last films of its era, the last story-based full-length narrative before the World War II package films. I mean, that's a very specific bar yes, but damn these things were stunning! There's nothing quite like Disney of this era, knowing how much technique and effort was put in, the blood sweat and tears. That being said…I do not like this movie! I didn't like it as a kid, and I still don't. I appreciate it historically, and I appreciate it artistically, but it's such a hopeless, sadistic little movie that it's hard to find joy in it. It takes such sick pleasure in all the misfortune the characters go through. There's a huge cast of sick twisted characters, and none of them get their comeuppance, so there's no sense of closure. In some movies, that's fine, that's the point, but is this really the type of movie that should be? And what is the point here? Be good, follow the rules, or horrible things will happen to you and you'll never see you're loved ones again so be very afraid little children? That's sick! That's ugly. That's mean! On top of that, I don't like the characters. Okay, I like Figaro the cat, he's got that sassy cat attitude. Also Jiminy Cricket is more fun than I remember, he's actually kind of sarcastic and fun. But Pinocchio is just nothing, the Blue Fairy doesn't follow her own rules, and Geppetto is a hopeless idiot and terrible father figure (case in point: I'm going to take my cat and goldfish and look for my lost puppet on the ocean!). If you get something from this story, great, cool, good for you. To me though, it's just f***ed up, and not in a fun way. It's happy ending isn't warranted for all the misery it puts you through and doesn't even feel deserved based on the rules they've established. And, like I said, there is no closure on the villains. Again, not all films need that! But this one really does, because good god, those are some f***ed up villains, and I needed to see the Coachman get punched in the face. I've tried to give this movie another chance multiple times and I just can't. It's a gorgeous movie, technically brilliant. There's sequences that are stunning to look at. The whole sequence with Monstro the whale is incredible! It's amazing to think how they did that all hand drawn and it looks just as good, if not better, than anything you could do now. But the story is just sick, and I hate it. Major boost in points for animation, but the story knocks it down so so much.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2012
    I found it being rather dark, I was scared to watch it as a child. The moral lesson in the story was lost, but the animation was quite good. Not the best Disney classics, but certainly not the worst.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 29, 2012
    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.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2011
    Pinocchio is one of Walt Disney's greatest classic and one of the greatest animated films of all time. The memory of this film lives on with all those who enjoy classic Disney animation. This is such a great and classic film, and is one of the most beautiful works of art ever in animation.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer

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