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Pinocchio [1940] (2 discs)

Director:Ben Sharpsteen
Bill Roberts
Hamilton Luske
Jack Kinney
Norman Ferguson
T. Hee
Wilfred Jackson
Writer:Aurelius Battaglia
Bill Peet
Erdman Penner
Joseph Sabo
Otto Englander
Ted Sears
Webb Smith
William Cottrell
Composer:Leigh Harline
Paul J. Smith
Songs:Ned Washington
Length:88 minutes
(1 hour 28 minutes)
MPAA Rating:G
Sorting Category:Family
Sorting Tub:Echo
IMDB Rating:7.5/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:100%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Reaction: Charming and fun. This is a classic film for all ages.

Personal Rating: 8/10

Ben Sharpsteen => Director
Bill Roberts => Director
Hamilton Luske => Director
Jack Kinney => Director
Norman Ferguson => Director
T. Hee => Director
Wilfred Jackson => Director
Aurelius Battaglia => Writer
Bill Peet => Writer
Erdman Penner => Writer
Joseph Sabo => Writer
Otto Englander => Writer
Ted Sears => Writer
Webb Smith => Writer
William Cottrell => Writer
Leigh Harline => Composer
Paul J. Smith => Composer
Ned Washington => Songs
Carlo Collodi => Original Story
Charles Judels => Stromboli / The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Rub => Geppetto (voice) (uncredited)
Clarence Nash => Donkeys (voice) (uncredited) / Roughhouse Statue
Cliff Edwards => Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Dickie Jones => Pinocchio / Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Don Brodie => Carnival Barkers (voice) (uncredited)
Evelyn Venable => The Blue Fairy (voice) (uncredited)
Frankie Darro => Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington => Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc => Marionette Soldiers (voice) (uncredited) / Donkeys / Gideon (hiccup) / Figaro
Patricia Page => Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett => J. Worthington Foulfellow (voice) (uncredited)

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • One of the favorite films of director Terry Gilliam.
  • John Musker and Ron Clements would consult on how Pinocchio achieved its underwater effects when they were in the process of developing The Little Mermaid.
  • The first animated film to win an Academy Award in a competitive category. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs had won an honorary Oscar two years earlier. Also the first time that a film won the Academy Award for both its score and one of its songs. The next time this happened was in 1964 for the Disney Studios again when Mary Poppins triumphed in both categories.
  • Figaro was Walt Disney's favorite character. Disney pushed for the kitten to appear in the film as much as possible. After the film, Disney swapped Minnie Mouse's little cocker spaniel with Figaro.
  • The theme song from Pinocchio, {When You Wish upon a Star}, was ranked #7 in the 2004 American Film Institute's List of the Top Movie Songs of All Time, the highest-ranking song on the list among Disney animated films.
  • Mel Blanc, best known for performing the voices of many cartoon characters--particularly from the Warner Bros. stable--was cast as Gideon, which became his only Disney role. Walt Disney, however, eventually decided that the character should be mute, and all of the dialogue that Blanc recorded was cut, save for a solitary hiccup that can be heard inside the Red Lobster Tavern. He was also going to voice Dopey in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs until it was decided to make Dopey mute. With the exception of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (where he only provided the voices of the Warner Bros. cartoon characters), this was the only time Mel Blanc contributed a voice to a Disney film.
  • This was originally intended to be the studio's third film, after Bambi, but given the long, tedious process for that film, it eventually got bumped down in favor of this one. When Walt Disney picked up his honorary Oscar statuettes for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, he told the Academy Award audience about Pinocchio, which was still in production, holding their attention for a full twenty-five minutes. And 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 as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
  • Pinocchio spends a great amount of time underwater while looking for the whale, Monstro, and his father. During this time he doesn't need to hold his breath or surface for air, implying he can breathe underwater. At the end, however, he is shown face down on shore in a shallow puddle (appearing to have drowned) and it is said that he is dead. This is because of where he landed on the rocks, not because of the water.
  • The first time famous voices were used to provide the voices of cartoon characters. Cliff Edwards, who voiced Jiminy Cricket, was a popular personality at the time.
  • The character of Jiminy Cricket wasn't introduced into the story until nine months into production. In an early chapter of the 1883 novel, Pinocchio killed Jiminy Cricket, who was known only as Talking Cricket, by throwing a mallet at him. However, the Cricket shows up alive in a later chapter with little explanation given.
  • The animators had a difficult time choosing how to animate Geppetto, so eventually decided to model him after his voice actor, Christian Rub. According to sequence director Jack Kinney, despite casting Christian Rub's role as the voice of Geppetto, he was actually revealed as a Nazi sympathizer 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.
  • Honest John's "real" name is given in promotional materials as J. Worthington Foulfellow, but this name is never mentioned in the film itself.
  • Lampwick is a caricature of Disney animator [?] Fred Moore.
  • Carlo Collodi was really [?] Carlo Lorenzini, a journalist and rabble-rouser who settled down to write children's stories. He took his pen name from the town of his mother's birth, Collodi. When he originally published Pinocchio in the form of a magazine serial, Lorenzini's intention was to kill Pinocchio by having him hang himself. At the suggestion of his editor, Lorenzini added chapters sixteen to thirty-two, giving the story a happy ending and creating the character of the Blue Fairy.