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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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When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true. 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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to sequence director Jack Kinney, despite casting Christian Rub's role as the voice of Geppetto, he was actually an irascible fellow who drove the animation crew crazy with his ramblings about the glories of Adolf Hitler. They eventually got even with him when they did the live-action shooting for the scene with Geppetto fishing from inside Monstro the whale. Here, they had Rub on a makeshift stage where he pretended to fish while the stage was jostled by some grips who "rocked the boat" to give the desired effect and effectively giving Rub a ride he never forgot. See more »

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When Jiminy cozies up to sleep on the end of a fiddle, he kicks his shoes off in front of him. But when he is aroused by the Blue Fairy's arrival and grabs his shoes, they are now some distance away, sitting neatly heel to heel. 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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Referenced in Major Movie Star (2008) See more »

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 greatest star
1 July 2007 | by (The world of artists) – See all my reviews

The 2nd animated Disney classic is Disney's finest movie ever. A favorite of mine and a very dear film to me. It is an improvement over "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" and more captivating.

"Pinocchio" is a masterpiece. It is so good that I can't find any faults in. Perfection is notorious in every way: the excellent artwork, palette colors and attention to detail. All of them obey to very high standards. Everything is so well drawn and painted with heart and soul: the sceneries, the characters, the backgrounds, the wonderful details...

Although the atmosphere is quite dark and creepy in some parts, most of the time it is a sweet movie that is also great fun, entertaining, heartwarming and magical. Animation and soundtrack are superb as well. I just love all those songs. The movie is also a full plate when it comes to classic humor, thanks to many funny moments and hilarious lines.

Being an Italian tale, it takes place in Italy. To be more specific, in a nice village interestingly named Collodi - nothing less than the name of the book's author, Carlo Collodi.

This movie also had the honor of being a pioneer in camera use: just notice that nice close-up of a church and how the camera goes straight to the heart of the village.

This is a timeless classic. No question about that. In fact, it stands the test of time so well that it's difficult to believe this movie is from the year 1940 because it doesn't look any dated. No, sir! It always looks fresh and modern.

Fabulous voice performances is another thing this film doesn't lack. All of them terrific: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Cliff Edwards, Charles Judels, Walter Catlett, Evelyn Venable and even some brilliant ones in the art of making sounds like Mel Blanc and Marion Darlington...

As for the characters, they're also part of the movie's appeal. Cleo and Figaro are such cute and adorable creatures. Who wouldn't want to have a gold fish and a kitten like that? Geppetto, the kind woodcarver, is so distracted that he's hilarious. Pinocchio is cute, innocent and lovable like a human child, although stubborn and prone to temptation at times. Jiminy Cricket is humorous and cool, but a bit impatient sometimes.

Stromboli is hysterical and explosive. His nasty temper makes him so funny, especially whenever he mouths off in Italian! The Blue Fairy has got to be one of the kindest and most beautiful Disney ladies ever. She's so pretty! The coachman looks harmless, but behind his kind looks he's corrupt and a demon.

Honest John and Giddy are a perfect comic relief. Giddy is a cat and a funny mute character (like Dopey). Honest John is the epitome of the sly fox: not *really* evil, but clever, hilarious, charming, shameless, unscrupulous and greedy. Ironically, despite his aristocratic manners, he is incapable of hiding a certain rudeness and lack of culture. For example, he can't spell the name "Pinocchio" correctly. Honest John's real name is never mentioned in the movie: J. Worthington Foulfellow, likely the strangest name I ever heard.

Monstro, the enormous sperm whale, is one of the most impressive animated beasts of all time.

This should definitely be on Top 250.


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