Good greif is this movie dark! Why is Pinnochio, a G rated kids movie have so much adult media? Smoking, slave labour, child labour, and animal abusement are the most large and scary aspects of this movie. I bet i'm was not horrified at the despicable entrepise that is turning kids to goats, and sending them off to the salt mines. Not only is that a tragedy, but the worst part is that none of the characters care! Does Pinnochio try and stop the project after he gets free? No. Does the enchantress free all those boys with her magic? No. Does Gepeto, a man who the enchantress deemed to be a kind hearted man, feel atleast a bit upset that innocent children are gonna have painful and slow deaths in claustrophobic mine shafts, not to ever be seen by their worried mothers and fathers? Doesn't even get told about the whole ordeal! It would have been better if Pinnochio came up with some sort of plan to free those boys. He could've also killed himself doing so, and be revived by the enchantress as a real boy for going above and beyond in being a true person. It would have helped the plot, and make Pinnochio's transformation more rewarding. But don't get me wrong. Pinnochio has a lot of features that make it worth watching. Great animation for its time, fun songs, and great characters. But be warned, Pinnochio is not to be taken lightly.
@BooksRUs of The Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
This is one of my all-time favorite Disney classics! A great message is delivered along with lots of laughs, some sentimental scenes and a perfect film! I've seen this film countless times and I never tire of hearing the wonderful songs and singing along with lovable Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket! A definite must-see for every kid-and kid at heart!
The story progresses so simply that one is simply swept by it, but, a little thought and the whole thing seems wild and doesn't make any sense. Pinocchio is merely naïve and trusting, is duped, and is so embarrassed that he then lies, but it is miraculously cured by the same fairy that gave him life (though not a real life, for he was not yet a real boy); the second half is odd: what is the point of the whale? how much time has actually elapsed? The end result, that Pinocchio becomes a real boy due to his conduct after the post-fairy intervention, seems to be the whole point of the film. This movie, based on a tale by Collodi (other Disney films are based on folktale by Perrault), would benefit the viewer if they were read (unfortunately, they didn't just provide a copy of the story to be read on screen in the DVD).
I liked this Disney cartoon DVD. The graphics were great! The story and lesson was fabulous! It is good for all ages. The whale scene may be scary for the young child. I like the music! This story: Woodcarver Geppetto (G) has pets Figaro the cat and Cleo the fish. He has just made a little wooden puppet called Pinocchio (P). Wishing upon a star before he goes to bed, Geppetto wishes that Pinocchio would become a real boy. As Geppetto sleeps, the Blue Fairy arrives and partially grants his wish. Pinocchio can come to life, but he must prove himself worthy before becoming a real boy. He will require some guidance, and Jiminy Cricket (JC) agrees to act as his conscience. After some unfortunate incidents, Pinocchio finds himself in trouble. The wolf (W) and the cat (C) sell P to a mean marionette show man. This man locks P in a cage so he can‘t escape. The Blue Fairy (BF) appears. Pinocchio lies to her and his nose grows. He is forgiven, but warned not to lie again. P escapes. On the way home, The W & C talk P into going to Pleasure Island. This is where boys are turned into donkeys. The island owner sells the donkeys to the mines to work in. P barely escapes the island. P still has his donkey ears and tale. P finally arrives home with JC; but G has left the house to find P. The BF tells P that G is in the whale at the bottom of the ocean. P and JC save G, the cat and the fish from the whale. They all make it home safely finally. P has proven to be honest and brave to the BF; thus, while G slept P became a real boy.
A cute, animated story about a puppet without strings and his pal, Jiminy Cricket.
The first scene in Pinocchio that truly impressed me is when he performed in that circus act. The music is so fun and the various gags throughout it so inventive and beautifully animated. It's also the first time we get a sense of Pinocchio himself as a character, after a somewhat drawn out opening with the (IMO) more boring Gepetto. I was impressed again by the Pleasure Island donkey sequence, in how imaginatively cruel yet "real" it felt as a threat to the hero, pretty unique for a Disney movie where protagonists are surrounded by death and depravity but rarely fall victim to it. That Pinoke actually starts to grow those ears and the tail adds to this aspect immensely. And despite how moralizing the movie really is, the movie never feels too square or peachy to not buy into its narrative. The final act is of course excellent as well. To critique, there are some narrative stumblings (Pinoke's nose takes up most of a scene and is never relevant again, the bird telling them where Gepetto is, and other conveniences). And, maybe this is letting them get away with writing-murder, but somehow that all helps it feel more like a fantasy.
Like all good little Disney-loving kids, I watched Pinocchio when I was a wee thing, but it's been years since I have seen it, and never as an adult. So long, in fact, that I'd forgotten how all the different parts tie together to make the movie whole. I figured, why not? Holy macaroni, I never realized how twisted this movie actually is. Just wow. Still a Disney classic, but there are definitely some innuendos that blew my mind, and the scene with the kids and the donkeys? Forget it. I was practically in a fetal position in the corner. I guess my mind had just repressed this horror of a movie. But still, it's a Disney classic!
My favorite animated movie of all time! This movie pushed the boundaries of animation to the limit and past it, inventing many innovations that influenced and changed the future of animation forever, and propelling the company to the brink of bankruptcy.
Hello, darlings! - Wow! A puppet without strings.
Released in 1940 - This animated, Disney production is sure to be enjoyed by all.
When You Wish Upon a Star.... In this timeless Walt Disney classic from 1940 - A wooden puppet made by a lonely, old wood-carver named Geppetto gets the chance to become a real boy (thanks to the Blue Fairy).
Pinocchio is one of those rare, animated motion pictures that can be enjoyed over and over again by adults as well as by children.
If, as a grown-up, you remember Pinocchio as being just a "kid's show" - Watch it again. You'll be wonderfully surprised to see how truly entertaining it really is.
Pinocchio was brilliantly animated without the trickery of CGI. It also contains some very memorable musical numbers.
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