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Pinocchio (1940)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Family, Fantasy  |  23 February 1940 (USA)
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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 <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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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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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In 1940, Victor Young conducted a four-record 78-RPM Decca album of the songs from "Pinocchio". The album featured three songs eventually deleted from the film before its release: "Jiminy Cricket"; "Turn on the Old Music Box" and "Three Cheers for Anything". Cliff Edwards, who did the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the film, was the only actor from the movie who appeared on the album. Also featured were Julietta Novis (who sang the "Ave Maria" in Disney's Fantasia (1940)), The King's Men and The Ken Darby Singers. It is also claimed that around this time, RCA Victor released an album that was supposedly the actual film soundtrack of "Pinocchio", but whether or not it really was the soundtrack has never been confirmed. See more »


When Honest John and Gideon are taking Pinocchio to Stromboli, there is an above shot of them walking through the street, around a tree, and to the end of the street. Throughout this entire shot, the upper portion of Pinocchio is not colored in and appears brown, as if he lost his color. 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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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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Important things that we living for a human
25 July 2004 | by (Japan) – See all my reviews

Pinocchio is my favorite movie since I was a child. We can learn many important things that we living for a human from this movie. For example, we donft tell a lie, we don't escape toward an easy thing and what we have courage and so on. I'll never forget the goddess of star say One lie leads to another, and you don't cover the lie in the end. I felt that I don't wont to tell a lie in my childhood. My favorite scene is the scene where Pinocchio go help his father Gepetto in the sea. I think that it is brave of him to fight with a monster whale because he helps his father. And I was impressed with cricket of Pinocchio's conscience. He always helps Pinocchio and lead Pinocchio for good way. It is superb what the goddess of star is always watching Pinocchio in the night sky too. I rated this movie at 9/10.

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