Pinocchio (1940)

Description[from Freebase]

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and based on the story The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It is the second film in the Walt Disney Animated Classics, and was made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on February 7, 1940. The plot of the film involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who is brought to life by a blue fairy, who tells him he can become a real boy if he proves himself "brave, truthful, and unselfish". Thus begin the puppet's adventures to become a real boy, which involve many encounters with a host of unsavory characters. The film was adapted by Aurelius Battaglia, William Cottrell, Otto Englander, Erdman Penner, Joseph Sabo, Ted Sears, and Webb Smith from Collodi's book. The production was supervised by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske, and the film's sequences were directed by Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, and Bill Roberts. Pinocchio won two Academy Awards, one for Best Original Score and one for Best Original Song for the song "When You Wish upon a Star".

Review

Walt Disney doesn’t make ‘em like this any more. Hell, they didn’t make ‘em like this for very long at all. Disney’s second feature after Snow White, Pinocchio is a scary and perplexing ‘children’s movie.’ How so? Jiminy Cricket is a voyeur and a womanizer (even of fish). Gepetto builds sadistic cuckoo clocks with women spanking bare-assed children. When inexplicably swallowed by a whale, he even overfishes the whale’s belly for all the tuna it swallowed, not realizing his wooden son is in the water. The blue fairy is mean and vindictive. Even the fish Cleo blows smoke rings.

All this to tell a story that if you don’t go to school, you’ll get kidnapped and (literally) turn into a jackass. Not only is beer and smoking vilified — so is playing pool. Now I wouldn’t want my kids ditching school and smoking all day, but I don’t want them to think playing billiards is bad. As for the movie, the animation is so-so and the storyline is bizarre (example: Pinocchio and Jiminy discover Gepetto has been swallowed by a whale when a note magically drops from the sky).

Altogether, Pinocchio is truly a frightening tale that parents need to carefully consider whether to show their children.

The Blu-ray edition of the film includes two BD discs, including deleted scenes, an alternate ending, trivia game, commentary track, and making-of featurettes. A standard DVD copy of the film is also included in the three-disc (total) package.

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