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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…
There is a lot of interesting and cool animation in this, and you can definitely see where they've grown from Snow White but man, this is a bizarre story. And why can the cricket breathe underwater?
There's a well-told story in my family of the time my mother-in-law had to take my screaming, sobbing sister-in-law (then aged about 5 or 6) out of the cinema due to the terror Pinocchio instilled into her. She then refused to set foot inside a cinema for several years afterwards.
Upon rewatching Pinocchio I was unable to to narrow down the scene that would have caused this. I've got a list of at least 12 separate moments that could have pushed her over the edge. There's some really messed up stuff in the film.
Eminently scary, beautiful, raw, and imaginative. What more do you want? The only disney animated classic.
Also, I love to stump people by asking them what they think my favorite Disney song is and letting them guess and guess. They never pick up on "Little Wooden Head" even though anyone who knows me could guess it's my fave. I know I sound like a 5th grade naysayer but its a beautifully animated bop!
My wife (and to a degree, my 7 year old) couldn't see the magic of this movie. What's wrong with them?
Something about the hyper/aggressive sexuality of every female character (including animals), the child slavery, the overt primacy of the story as intended to terrify kids into obedience didn't sit well with them. Huh. Didn't bother me.
What's wrong with me (the rest of us)?
(I really do think this movie is magical, though. Think about everything that happens in this movie, and then reckon with the fact that it's 88 minutes long. That's economic story-telling.)
Classic Disney movie that is more than a little fucked up, this 1940's Animated film teaches a lot of lessons, but don't expect a happy ending (at least for the supporting characters). It's one you should watch (and that's no lie)
A little wooden boy comes to life and needs to prove himself brave, truthful, and unselfish in order to become a real boy. Our narrator, Jimminy Cricket, is appointed his conscience, but he doesn't do a particularly good job of keeping him out of trouble. He falls into temptation leading to adventures with a belligerent puppet master, a perverse Pleasure Island, and a monstrous whale. Aside from lying to the Blue Fairy, in perhaps the film's most famous scene, Pinocchio never really does anything overtly wicked. When he runs off with Strombolli, he never really consciously decides to betray Gepetto to seek fame and fortune, he's simply going along with the flow. Weakness, for Pinocchio, is more destructive than wickedness.…
"What would an actor need with a conscience anyways!"
I love how the Disney Mantra™ and overall "dreams & wishes" gimmick is based off this movie because like... what the hell is up with it! It just gets creepier and more intense as it goes until it's just a waking nightmare and you're five years old and develop a fear of angry whales and loud donkeys. It's just unpleasant.
This movie traumatized me as a child I hate it
boring and overrated, this "Disney classic" will not entertain any modern film seers, especially those used to action-packed sequences.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1187. An easy way of seeing how…