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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.

Writers:

Carlo Collodi (from the story by) (as Collodi), Ted Sears (story adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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3,962 ( 257)
Won 2 Oscars. Another 4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Gideon (hiccoughs) (voice) (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 Statue / Donkeys (voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Page Patricia Page ... Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Thurl Ravenscroft Thurl Ravenscroft ... Monstro (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 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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Disney's all-time family classic is back ...No strings attached! [1987 re-release Australia] See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

During the musical number "When You Wish Upon a Star", when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland". Walt Disney started developing these two stories for the big screen at the time of this film's release, and they would be released respectively in 1953 and 1951. See more »

Goofs

The film is presumably set in the 19th century. However, Pleasure Island is decorated with neon lights and other highly advanced mechanics that were not developed until at least the 1930s. 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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Crazy Credits

The RKO logo is carved into a wood background. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 2009 Platinum Edition DVD (English mono and 5.1) omits two single lines of dialog: Jiminy Cricket's reassuring "Right!" to Pinocchio's utterance of his name during the song "Give a Little Whistle", and the "look out, Pinocch'!" a minute later. Even the subtitles and captions omit this line as well. Past releases, and even the 2009 Platinum Blu-ray (mono and 7.1), have the lines intact. Both of these lines are also intact in the Walt Disney Signature Collection release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Little Wooden Head
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Hummed and Sung by Christian Rub
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Wonderful
17 February 2001 | by Studio Morye ReviewsSee all my reviews

Last night I watched Pinocchio, Disney's second feature-length film and in my opinion one of the studio's best features. Based on the 19th century book by Carlo Collodi, but not half as unpleasant, Pinocchio combines winning animation with great humor and excitement. There are songs, but they're never like the huge production numbers that last four minutes and feature the voice of some up-and-coming princess of pop (who'll be gone in a year) that the studio later adopted with the applicable exception of When you Wish Upon a Star. My favorite song is "Little Wooden Head" which is featured in the beginning and is a truly wonderful scene as Gepetto and Figaro play happily with the new puppet.

The movie takes a sadistic, cruel, heartless little wooden boy (Collodi's character) and turns him into an interesting, 3-dimensional kid with a good heart but who is weak-willed and doesn't always listen to reason. The animation makes brilliant use of the multiplane camera, featuring a sprawling opening sequence in which the viewer practically sees the entire village at night. The characters are colorful and fun (I especially love Honest John Foulfellow and his sidekick Gideon) and the story has never a dull moment. This film is a reminder of the sort of efforts Disney put int o their films; the man himself had a great storytelling passion that was lost in later works (Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians). Pinocchio was never as famous as some of the others, and this is unfortunate because it is his masterpiece.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,769,251, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$84,254,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,892,045
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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