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A Good Lesson From a Little Wooden Boy

  • Jul 16, 2000
Pros: Classic Disney film; Fun for the whole family

Cons: With today's high calibur of animation and claymation, Pinocchio is behind the times (It was, after all, made in 1940!)

For some reason, I seem to be on a Disney kick. Maybe it's because of my ercent trip to Walt Disney World with my best friend, I don't know.

Speaking of my best friend, her brother happened to get me Pinocchio for Christmas last year. You're probably thinking, "That's an odd gift to give a 23-year-old." Not really. You see, I actually played the title role in a children's show at Airport Playhouse (Bohemia, NY), so Pinocchio has a special place in my heart.

For those of you that aren't familiar with the story of Pinocchio, here's a little summary for you. Gepetto, a lonely woodcutter, crafts a small boy puppet out of wood, whom he calls Pinocchio, to keep him company. While praying before bed one night, he wishes on a star that Pinocchio becomes real. Lo and behold, in the morning Pinocchio is singing and dancing without any strings! Like kids of yesterday, today and tomorrow, Pinocchio disobeys his father, runs with the wrong crowd, lies, runs away from home, and finds himself in a lick of trouble. Gepetto, the kind father he is, bails Pinocchio out. The Blue Fairy finally grants Gepetto's his wish and makes little Pinocchio a real boy. Of course, they live happily ever after.

Pinocchio (which means "little pine nut" in Italian) is a great animated movie for the whole family. There are good morals and values demonstrated, plus a bunch of good lessons for children (don't lie, obey your parents, don't talk to strangers) while maintaining a high level of entertainment.


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Walt Disney's second full-length animated feature is a timeless, breathtakingly beautiful classic. Based on an 1800s story by Carlo Collodi, it stars Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Cliff Edwards) as a vagabond insect who spends a rainy night at the shop of toymaker Geppetto. The Blue Fairy brings a marionette to life after Geppetto wishes on a star for a son, and Jiminy Cricket is appointed the new boy's conscience. He has a devil of a time keeping up as Pinocchio is willingly lured through various forms of temptation, the most frightening of which leads him to Pleasure Island, where he drinks, smokes, and is almost turned into a jackass. This sequence, as well as Pinocchio's brave rescue of Geppetto from the belly of a whale, ranks among the most memorable in the history of animation. With such songs as "When You Wish Upon a Star," this is about as magical as cinema can get, a sublimely beautiful coming-of-age story for all to treasure.
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Cast: Don Brodie
Director: Ben Sharpsteen
Release Date: 1940
MPAA Rating: G
DVD Release Date: Buena Vista Home Entertainment (March 10, 2009)
Runtime: 1hr 28min
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