A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
For anyone who has ever wished upon a star.
Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he's worthy as he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket. From Stromboli's circus to Pleasure Island, Pinocchio is tested by many temptations, but slowly learns how to navigate right from wrong. With a few mishaps along the way, Geppetto's "little woodenhead" finally gets it right, proving that when you wish upon a star dreams really can come true!
Mommy, what's happening?
Oh darling, it's just a scene of an innocent doll being transformed into a donkey through the consumption of alcohol and tobacco just like countless other children after being lured to a secret slave island by the promises of surface pleasures such as amusement park rides and magical showcases!
*child starts sobbing*
Not gonna lie: some pretty fucked up shit happens in this movie.
Given that I consider myself a big fan of animation (of all kinds), it is kind of shameful to say I haven't watched most of the Disney classics. Fortunately, I am going to try to fix that soon.
Based on Carlo Collodi's magical tale, Pinocchio tells the story of a puppet who receives the gift of life. Taking into account that I'm more related to the most recent works of the mass media corporation, I am tempted to say that this might be one of Disney's best animations to date. Comparing the animations of then and now, it's easy to see what's missing in the most recent works of the Company: detail, originality and heart.
Pinocchio is a film that…
Film #3 of Project 40
”A boy who won't be good might just as well be made of wood.”
Among all the various live action and animation adaptations of the everlasting story of the wooden puppet who wants to be a boy this 1940 Disney production may be the closest in heart and tone to the original story. In this lively and utterly enchanting classic Disney animation comedy, adventure, melodrama and tragedy come together to create a pure, poetic and timeless fairytale. On a visual level Pinocchio is a spectacular festival of exquisite colors and simple yet stunningly impressive drawings that create a solid foundation for the story and its one-dimensional – but at the same time deep – characters.…
Review In A Nutshell:
This film is the reason why Disney is one of the best animated studios in the world. Pinocchio is a film that finds appeal in everyone, from parent to child; a touch that Disney seems to have lost in recent years. I mainly grew up on the Disney Renaissance, seeing the films of the golden age only when first introduced, and since then my love for it has yet to grow. The Disney Renaissance was a time where drama was at the forefront in their storytelling, a message may be present, but it is locked away deep enough that it rarely ever feels apparent. Gone…
Can we please talk about how this is basically all Jiminy Cricket’s fault? I mean, good call on that Blue Fairy for giving the role of Pinocchio’s conscience to the first thing available, without any background checks, without any inquiries about Jiminy’s experience and motivation. But, once bestowed with the task of guiding naïve freshling Pinocchio, Jiminy is completely useless. He’s much more concerned with being a perv, hitting on everything remotely female including some of Gepetto’s music box figurines. Seriously, Jiminy needs to be fired but instead gets his stupid golden medal by the end of the story. He comes too late and can’t stop good ole Pinoc becoming an actor. And what does Jiminy Lazybones do? He thinks…
I forgot how ridiculously dark this film is. Kids turning into donkeys while crying for their mothers, child labour, kidnapping, and this is for KIDS.
Pretty sure it's no ones favourite Disney film and it's certainly not mine. Pacing issues abound but it's still got that classic Disney magic.
[the boy who dreamed to be real]
A technical marvel and ambitious fantasy. The pinnacle of Disney's animation.
This is a really tricky film to pull apart, a really tricky film. This is because it seems so simple. Ask anyone and they'll tell you it's about right and wrong. To those people: have you watched this film?? What does Pinocchio learn? He learns that if you behave like a jack-ass you'll become one, but, really, he doesn't learn this. He sees this and then only just avoids becoming a full blown donkey. He learns nothing. Every mistake he makes is fixed by the fairy, or by some weird writer's device... more from:
Charming, messed up, beautifully animated and only 90 minutes. Loved it.
A Disney movie i haven't seen as a kid. I discovered it as an adult. Maybe that's why it doesn't appeal to me that much.
Fun, with some wonderful animation. But not my favorite movie from the start of the Disney animated movies.
The animation is absolutely stunning. The characters and the backgrounds are wonderfully drawn. The only thing that feels a bit off in the animation, is the Blue Fairy. I just don't like the style of animation she is given. The story is fun, but all the situations are so fast paced and making room for another plot point very quickly. A story as rich as Pinocchio just can't be told in such a short amount…
Walt Disney Animation Challenge || 2/80
Two notes: (1) Isn't it weird how Gideon and Figaro exist together in the same movie? What's that about? (2) One of the official scene selection titles on the DVD is "Lampwick Makes a Jackass of Himself" and I feel like everyone should know.
But, anyways, ..wow! What a jump in quality from Snow White! And for the better, in my opinion. It's so much nicer visually, with a larger array of color and more unique character designs ...and it's definitely more fleshed out from a story perspective. I even like the songs a whole lot better in this movie than in Snow White.
An all around great classic Disney film.
Zeitloser Disney Klassiker, immer wieder schön.
Edgar Wright's 1000 Favorite Movies via MUBI.