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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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Cast

Uncredited cast:
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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)
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Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
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Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ...
Pinocchio / Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ...
Stromboli / The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash ...
Figaro / Roughhouse Statue / Donkeys (voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Page ...
Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Rub ...
Geppetto (voice) (uncredited)
Evelyn Venable ...
The Blue Fairy (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

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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For the happiest time of your life! [1962 re-release] See more »


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Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pinocho  »

Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$84,300,000 (USA)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In 1937, when the studio was still in the midst of producing Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), animator Norman Ferguson brought a translated version of Carlo Collidi's story to Walt Disney's attention. After reading the book, "Walt was busting his guts with enthusiasm" said Ferguson. See more »

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

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

When You Wish Upon A Star
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Cliff Edwards and Chorus during the opening and end credits
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Disney's earliest masterpiece...the art of animation never finer...
14 July 2001 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Darker in tone than most Disney animated features (except for 'Hunchback of Notre Dame'), 'Pinocchio' came shortly after 'Snow White' and showed marked improvement in the art of animation technology to produce startling special effects.

The first twenty-five minutes alone raise the film to the level of true animation art. Gepetto's inventive clocks come to life as realistically as any real-life photography could do. The warmth and cosiness of his dwelling and the charming shenanigans of Figaro the kitten and Cleo the goldfish, are all perfectly realized. The imaginative use of music and animation art is never finer than in these opening scenes.

Afterwards, as the plot thickens, the special effects are just as impressive. The scene of Gepetto searching for Pinocchio with a lantern on a rainy night after he has been captured by Stromboli is unforgettable imagery. The wagon lurching along roads with Pinocchio in a cage is a frightening thing. Even darker are the adventures that await Pinocchio when he reaches Pleasure Island. The scene of the boys turning into donkeys is probably one of the most awesome and frightening moments in the film.

Altogether charming are the underwater sequences before the meeting of Monstro the Whale. The climactic chase after the escape from the belly of the whale is handled brilliantly. The music perfectly accents the dramatic chase for this sequence and the songs throughout are in keeping with the mood and characters of the story. It is the sharp contrast between the lighter moments and the darker ones that gives the film a correct blend of fantasy and horror.

Parents should be cautioned that very young children may be frightened. Has to be considered one of the most beautifully animated Disney features of all time. A treasure to see again and again.


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