Pinocchio is the second animated film released by Disney in 1940. It’s a story about a living puppet who has to prove himself worthy to become a real boy with the help of his conscience, name Jiminy Cricket. The film is 1 hour and 28 minutes long and based off of the Italian book The Adventures of Pinocchio written by Carlo Collodi in 1883.
For people to root for Pinocchio, they drew him as a real boy and added the nuts and bolts to make him a puppet. Disney also changed up the story a bit but also stayed true to the book. For instance, there was a cricket in the original story, but Pinocchio smooshed him with a hammer, and the cricket returned as a ghost whereas in Disney’s version Jiminy is Pinocchio’s conscience and doesn’t get smooshed by a hammer.
When I think of Pinocchio, I think two things; the art and of course the song “When You Wish Upon A Star.” When I watch the movie, you can see a lot of small detail that makes Pinocchio stand out from the others, for example when you are watching all the cuckoo clocks for Geppetto’s shop are based on working models built as guides for the animators. Not only that but if you look to the left of the screen when the spotlight hits Jiminy as he is singing ‘When You Wish Upon A Star” you can see two books behind him titled: Alice in Wonderland (1951) and Peter Pan (1953).
It was the first animated movie EVER to win an Academy Award in a competitive category. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs won an Honorary Academy for being the first ever animated film. Pinocchio was also the first ever film (animated or not) to win an Academy Award for best Score and best Song; this wouldn’t happen again until 1964 with Mary Poppins.
Unfortunately, the movie didn’t succeed in its initial theatric run due to many different war efforts going on in Europe and Asia, but it made its money back in 1945 when it was re-released. Pinocchio was the first Disney film to release on DVD, plus this Disney classic was re-released several times in theater from the initially released date to 1992.
Pinocchio is one of my favorite because I love the Blue Fairy, Figaro and of course Cleo. The movie implanted in my brain to always let my conscience be my guide which I use in everyday life. What is your favorite thing about this Disney classic? Let me know in the comments below!