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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!
Not gonna lie: some pretty fucked up shit happens in this movie.
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”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.…
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 story, 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…
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To say that Disney upped the animation quality as well as storytelling in the three years from Snow White to this would be a huge understatement.
"Pinocchio" was always that one film I could never watch as a child, it always scared me. Those boys being turned into donkeys at Pleasure Island. Thinking about it even now sends shivers down my back. Truly the things of nightmares.
The best thing about this film would be that it actually has a moral compass. It's not the princess sees a guy for the first time and she…
Historically, Pinocchio represents a huge step forward not only for Walt Disney Studios, but for animation at large. Being the second animated feature-length production, the film continued to bring technical artistry striving forward, picking up several Academy Awards (the first for an animated picture) along the way. Its critical standing has mounted strongly over the years, and the film is today considered among the finest animated milestones. Frankly, it isn't hard to see why.
Pinocchio is one of the many Disney features which I endlessly consumed growing up, and it still stands as one of my favorites. Visually, the colors are very pleasing to the eye, not to mention I have grown more and more to appreciate the careful compositions…
I haven't seen this film since I was a young lad, which is probably the reason why I still get sweaty palms during the Pleasure Island section. Especially that Alexander kid, the donkey that can still talk, he terrorised my childhood.
You know who could nail a Pinocchio reboot? Guillermo Del Toro. I can quite easily imagine him directing the escape from Monstro and the donkey transformations. I'm surprised he hasn't done it already.
I ticked that I've seen this film before, but I can't remember anything from the film other than that I have definitely seen it. What kid hasn't? Well, my two sons until tonight. But they enjoyed it. It's a brilliant little story that in its animated form is now very dated (understandable after 74 years) and in a few places downright creepy (the guy kidnapping children instantly reminded me of the murderer in THE CHANGELING, not exactly the kind of memory I want to recall while watching a Disney film), but despite the kids smoking cigars and moments of perversion, at its heart this is touching tale and reminded me that I really need to give the Spielberg/Kubrick production Artificial Intelligence another watch.
Pinocchio, the epitome of the cinematic animated world, joy of young and old, is not only one of the best known animated films, but also the greatest. Pinocchio excels by how simply the story is, yet, an ocean of emotions is what a simple wooden toy makes you feel. Beautifully animated, Pinocchio is a classic that everyone shall watch.
Enchanting, absorbing, horrifying, magical. Disney.
1940's Pinocchio Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It's Turning 75 Years Old Next Year In 2015.
Maybe I shouldn't write a review since I haven't watched this in a hell of a long time. But I think I remember the most important aspects.
This Disney classic stands out as one of the more dark and disturbing ones they produced. They don't make em like this anymore some would say, and I agree.
I've not watched any of these old Disney films since I was a kid, but I still holds them dearly in my nostalgic backpocket of memories, and they've certainly contributed to shape my personality.
Pinocchio is typically about "the right and the wrong", but uses shocking fantasy imagery to drag you into its world- it mindfucked me as a little brat and would possibly achieve the same today. Maybe I'll re-watch all the Disney classics with my young nephew in the near future..
This was made in 1940? Wow. Just look at the way the water is animated.
This is for kids? The bizarre fairy tale including a child abduction ring on a place named Pleasure Island(!), where they are drugged and placed into forced labor? Not to be judgmental, I recall being a bit traumatized seeing this as a child. Maybe kiddie films today are just soft.
Both from a story stand point and an animation stand point, Pinocchio is a Disney classic that deserves as much acclaim as the studios' princess films.
Classic animated movie is very memorable.
Pinocchio for me is a timeless clasic.
It tackles very dark subkect in the movie but manages to be a children's movie. You don't see kids watching these types of movies these days which is sad. The important thing is many people still enjoys the morals and story given to you by the movie .
I should probably watch this again as an adult. All I really remember is that it scared the bejesus out of me.
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