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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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Carlo Collodi (from the story by) (as Collodi), Ted Sears (story adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Bailey Jack Bailey ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... 'Giddy' Gideon (hiccup) / Cleo (voice) (uncredited)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Bletcher ... Donkeys (uncredited)
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Stuart Buchanan Stuart Buchanan ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett ... J. Worthington Foulfellow (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington Marion Darlington ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Frankie Darro ... Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards ... Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Pinocchio / Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Stromboli / The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish John McLeish ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash Clarence Nash ... Figaro / Rough House Animatronic / Donkeys (uncredited)
Patricia Page Patricia Page ... Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Monstro the Whale (uncredited)
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Storyline

Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish for Pinocchio to 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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Pure enjoyment... with no strings attached. [1984 re-release] See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pinocho See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,769,251, 21 December 1984, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$84,254,167
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

Goofs

Among the balls seen on the pool table are two sky blue ones but in reality there's no sky blue balls in a game of pool. In reality only one shade of blue is used in pool which is either dark blue or royal blue unlike this movie as a pair of dark blue balls are also seen with the sky blue ones. 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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There are no end credits for this feature film. However, the credits are at the beginning. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1954 re-release marked the last time the film was distributed by RKO. After that, it was replaced by Buena Vista. The 1985 VHS release also has the Walt Disney Pictures logo. However, the overseas DVD release in 2003, the Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases in 2009 and the Walt Disney Signature Collection DVD and Blu-ray releases in 2017 restored the original RKO logo. But both versions include reissue credits, as reference to Technicolor should have read "in Technicolor" but not just "Technicolor". See more »

Connections

Referenced in A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) 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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Probably Disney's best film
31 October 2013 | by Jawbox5See all my reviews

Pinocchio was the only the second ever animated film made by Disney and should rightfully be considered a milestone for animation. The film is easily one of the company's best and has barely dated. It features some of their best work which includes wonderful animation, memorable characters and a really engaging story.

The plot sees inventor Geppetto create a wooden puppet named Pinocchio and he wishes for him to be real, the Blue Fairy decides to grant his wish. She gives Pinocchio a conscience in the form of a cricket called Jiminy to keep him out of trouble and if he behaves he can become a real boy. However Jiminy is given a difficult job as Pinocchio frequently faces the wrong types of temptation and it's an uphill struggle to avoid trouble. The plot is brilliant as it quickly moves from one sticky situation to another, never slowing long enough to be boring. The film has plenty of light and dark moments while talking about smart subject matter which keeps everyone entertained.

The characters are excellent. Pinocchio isn't the most interesting of leads but he's supposed to be naïve, curious and easily led astray much like any young boy so it's a successful role. Jiminy is a lot of fun, always trying and failing to keep Pinocchio in line. He's laid back but has his limits while his exasperation leads to good comedy and his kind nature makes him likable. Geppetto comes across as a kind man, while silent pets Figaro and Cleo have some very funny moments. Honest John and mostly mute Gideon are an excellent double team and the funniest comic pieces come from their slapstick as well as strange humour. Both Stromboli and the Coachman are two of Disney's most sinister villains, Stromboli being intimidatingly loud and the Coachman restrainedly creepy. The Blue Fairy is a pretty decent guide.

The animation is outstanding and some of the best Disney has ever done. When it wants things to be bright and cheerful it adds some beautiful scenery or colours, the scenes in Geppetto's house show that. While for the dark scenes it keeps a great gloomy and murky look, the Red Lobster Inn scene being prime example. A brilliant aspect to the film is the dark tone that it takes on. It never shy's away from the terrible things that can happen if you do wrong and can be rather frightening, the scenes of the kids turning into Donkeys at Pleasure Island and the whole climax with wild whale Monstro are now classic scary scenes. The fact that all the villains never get punished makes it different from the norm and it reflects real life in that way. The film does have a strong emotion impact, when it wants you to feel happy or sad or scared it makes you feel that way with ease whether it be via the artwork and the atmosphere. The music is superb too and the score itself is very memorable, the songs are fantastic as well as rightful classics including 'When You Wish Upon A Star' and 'An Actors Life For Me'.

Overall Pinocchio is by far one of Disney's finest films and is a combination of everything great about the company.


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