Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
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!
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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.
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It's sad that the only thing I really recalled from Pinocchio is the part about his growing nose when lying, for this early Disney classic is still one of their very best efforts.
Jiminy is one of the great narrators, and that small intro-sequence is a excellent set-up for the story at hand. At Geppetto's it's easy to fall in love with the strange wooden craftsmanship of clocks and music boxes, and just as easy to enjoy Figaro the cat, Cleo the fish, and Pinocchio the wooden marionette.
Maybe the best reason to love Pinocchio is the lack of princes, princesses and love or kisses as a solution. This is about morale, growing as a person,…
I vaguely remember watching Pinocchio a few times as a kid, but it wasn't one of those Disney films that I went back to again and again. Looking back on it, that probably was because my parents didn't want me to watch the now-considered-bad-language content ("You look like a jackass!") as well as the depictions of children drinking, smoking, and *gasp* playing pool!
All jokes aside, this truly is a Disney classic - hell, a classic in American film - and as the second film in the animated Disney canon it certainly solidified what we've come to know and love about the studio and its movies. If Snow White created the trademark Disney characters (princess, prince, villain, sidekicks), and Fantasia…
"A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face."
Hadn't seen it in years. It still retains its wonder - and terror [the whole Pleasure Island sequence brought back vivid memories of how disturbing I found it as a child - btw, no one ever did rescue those unfortunate souls, or should I say jackasses, did they?], and its messages [don't go talking to strangers, listen to your conscience when temptation arises, "be brave, truthful & unselfish," avoid being swallowed by whales, etc] to kids will forever be a timeless one. The hand drawn animation would have been a labour of love for its time, and every frame is still as visually scrumptious as…
While Snow White frequently gets named as the best animated film of Disney's Golden Age, the studio's follow-up, Pinocchio, is far more deserving of that title. The animation here is gorgeous in a way that Snow White never quite captures, but the direction of the animation sequences is also far more ambitious; sequences in Gepetto's village, on Pleasure Island, and under the ocean have no real analogue in the studio's previous effort, and are simply breathtaking even today.
The storytelling is also far more developed here; while perhaps a bit episodic, each sequence plays marvelously whereas Snow White always felt a bit underdeveloped (even though it is nearly as long). And the segments here add up to a compelling narrative of Pinocchio's growth, so it all works quite well.
Very beautiful and animated with love. It is also one of the most mature Disney outings. I still never find myself connecting much with Pinocchio himself.
1940's Pinocchio Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It's Turning 75 Years Old Next Year In 2015.
Some of the most beautiful scenes convey both dramatic character development and a warning about various vices. However, there is so much beauty, such delightful characters, that I don’t walk away from this movie fixated on the finger-wagging about smoking and playing pool. The movie is skillful enough to carry me through every development, up until that great death-and-resurrection finale.
You know the good old D has done the job right when in July 2014 , you can ask from anybody from any part of the world : " What is the first image that jumps into your head when I say the name PINOCCHIO ? " and the answer always is : " Oh the best one ! With that yellow hat and those red shorts and those songs and oh those scenes and THAT Geppetto And THAT Jiminy Cricket ! "
Seriously , This is the best adaptation possible of Carlo Collodi's classic novel . One of those old Disney efforts that truly got the magic .
High marks for surrealist imagery and shots that are just astounding in the context of the time. I can't say I connect with the plot (it's really just a series of strange incidents with simplistic morals) or the characters (other than Jiminy)
1940's Pinocchio Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because Me And My Brother Jesse Were Born When This Movie Was 54 Years Old 20 Years Ago Back In 1994.
1940's Pinocchio Is One Of My Favorite Films, I Like It Because It's Turning 75 Years Old Next Year In 2014.
1940's Pinocchio Is One Of My Favorite Films.
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