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Pinocchio (1940)

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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.


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Uncredited cast:
Figaro / Donkeys / Gideon (hiccup) / Marionette Soldiers (voice) (uncredited)
Don Brodie ...
Carnival Barkers (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett ...
J. Worthington Foulfellow (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington ...
Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Pinocchio / Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ...
Stromboli / The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Roughhouse Statue / Donkeys (voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Page ...
Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Rub ...
Geppetto (voice) (uncredited)
The Blue Fairy (voice) (uncredited)


Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble. Written by Tim Pickett <>

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For anyone who has ever wished upon a star. See more »


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Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pinocho  »

Box Office


$2,600,000 (estimated)


$84,300,000 (USA)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Lux Radio Theatre on the CBS network, with Cecil B. DeMille as the presenter, broadcast a condensed version of "Pinocchio" on Christmas Day, 1939. The program featured the performers who did the voices in the film. See more »


When Figaro opens the window and steps into the moonlight, he becomes totally transparent. See more »


[first lines]
Jiminy Cricket: [after singing "When You Wish Upon a Star"] Pretty, huh? I'll bet a lot of you folks don't believe that, about a wish comin' true, do ya? Well, I didn't, either. Of course, I'm just a cricket singing my way from hearth to hearth, but let me tell you what made me change my mind.
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Referenced in Smart Guy: Primary Brothers (1997) See more »


I've Got No Strings
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Dickie Jones
Later, Sung a cappella by Charles Judels
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sweet and funny Disney classic
2 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'Pinocchio' benefits from one of the finest collection of songs to grace a Disney cartoon; from 'I Got No Strings', to 'An Actor's Life For Me', and (best of all) 'When You Wish Upon A Star' - brilliant sung by 'Ukelele Ike' Edwards as Jiminy Cricket.

This cute adaptation from Carlo Corolli's classic novel adds pets with the 'aw' factor (cat and fish), as well as a truly scary sequence involving donkeys. The characters are all memorable and Pinocchio is convincing in his move from a wooden puppet to a real boy, even in cartoon form. Good voice talent from Evelyn Venable as the Blue Fairy too, especially in the bits where Pinocchio can't help revealing he isn't telling the truth!

Short, sweet, funny, and involving, 'Pinocchio' is worth an hour of anybody's time, young or old.

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