Pinocchio
Pinocchio
G | 23 February 1940 (USA)
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Lonely toymaker Geppetto has his wishes answered when the Blue Fairy arrives to bring his wooden puppet Pinocchio to life. Before becoming a real boy, however, Pinocchio must prove he's worthy as he sets off on an adventure with his whistling sidekick and conscience, Jiminy Cricket.

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Comwayon

A Disappointing Continuation

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TrueHello

Fun premise, good actors, bad writing. This film seemed to have potential at the beginning but it quickly devolves into a trite action film. Ultimately it's very boring.

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StyleSk8r

At first rather annoying in its heavy emphasis on reenactments, this movie ultimately proves fascinating, simply because the complicated, highly dramatic tale it tells still almost defies belief.

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Robert Joyner

The plot isn't so bad, but the pace of storytelling is too slow which makes people bored. Certain moments are so obvious and unnecessary for the main plot. I would've fast-forwarded those moments if it was an online streaming. The ending looks like implying a sequel, not sure if this movie will get one

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adrian-43767

PINOCCHIO is the most complex animated feature I have ever watched. It is a very adult movie under cover of a child's movie. Dialogue is of the highest quality and it has a message about the pitfalls of trusting bad company, mendacity, and a few other sins, and how the reverse, courage and nobility of spirit, can make all the difference, with the symbolism of Pinocchio becoming a "real boy" by the movie's end.Direction has not been more assured in any movie, animated or otherwise. Photography is to die for, absolutely exquisite. The detail is astonishing, beginning with all the clocks in the introduction, and the outstanding scene of Pinocchio coming up to the fish bowl but with the glass distortion he might as well have been in front of one of those mirrors at fairs, where you alternately become tall, short, or fat. The attention to detail is beyond compare but the finest item of all is the animation, which remains peerless today, all the CGI and other computer-related technology progresses notwithstanding. It is a work of genius, without a shot or a second to spare, the nearest thing to perfection, blending humor with deeply frightening sequences such as Pleasure Island, Monstro, and the climax, with Pinocchio dead but about to be resuscitated because he earned it. In the process, it has been a road trip in which a wooden toy has become a full human being.I have watched Pinocchio more times than I can recall, and every time I do so, there is a new detail, a new beautiful scene to be savored, and it reminds of how lucky I am to be able to see it while most of mankind has never set eyes on it, and probably does not even know of its existence. 10/10

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Davis P

Everyone knows about this one! I remember watching this classic as a child on VHS tape at my grandparents all the time. I'm surprised I didn't completely wear that tape out! It's so easy to know why this film is still beloved today by audiences. It's just so well made on every level and wildly entertaining. First of all, the animation is incredible and if you buy this on Blu Ray today then it still holds up pretty well. The characters are interesting and written with great depth. Pinocchio, Geppetto, and Jiminey Cricket are all great characters that the audience comes to care deeply about. You follow Pinnochio on his journey of becoming human and learning what it means to be honest in life. It teaches great important lessons about honesty and other good values, so that makes it extra suitable for families to view. The story is entertaining, adventurous at many times. Pinocchio getting lured and placed with a group of other boys and promised great things, which leads ultimately to very negative consequences. All the time this is going on, Geppetto never stops looking for his son Pinocchio. I 100% suggest this wonderfully made fun Disney classic. 10/10!

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SlyGuy21

While "Pinocchio" might not be as challenging for children as other animated movies, it does have some great lessons to teach them. It's more of a cautionary tale than anything, about choices and the consequences of those choices. It starts off pretty innocent, just a carpenter wanting a son, but about 40 minutes in the movie takes a complete 180 tone-wise. The movie goes from lighthearted to creepy in an instant. I want to say the last time I saw this was when I was 5, and the only thing that stuck with me all these years was Lampwick getting turned into a donkey. Is that scene still creepy to me now, yes, but I'm pretty sure it's supposed to be. Scenes like that, Stromboli locking Pinocchio in a cage, the Coachman sending children to salt mines, and the Monstro chase during the climax can all be pretty scary for a kid. But much like "Watership Down", I think the goal of scenes like these were to teach the viewer something, not solely to scare them. It all circles back to consequences of your actions, and that is one of, if not THE most important lesson a child can be taught. The movie doesn't sugarcoat things too much, aside from it being animated, the movie's rather dark. I definitely recommend you show this to your children, but wait till they're about 8 or so. Not so young that the scarier moments will scar them, but old enough to understand the movie's message.

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mike48128

I suppose an argument could be made for "Fantasia" as well, but certain sequences shine better than others, and it has that boring narrator. Pinocchio makes the best use of the revolutionary multi-plane camera and almost has a 3D quality about it. The most important and dramatic parts are animated with exquisite and exacting detail. The water and fire sequences are hypnotically lifelike and realistic. As he did in other (early) cartoon features, other connecting parts of it are drawn with a "broader" stroke and, while very well drawn, have a bit less detail and treatment, to carry the story along. Much precise and amazing rotoscopic action. Magnificent backgrounds and truly scary moments. Re-released to theaters circa 1955, I was only 5-years-old. The songs and "voice-overs" (mostly uncredited) have never been equaled. The talents of Mel Blanc and Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket. They tell me that The Blue Fairy was drawn to resemble Jean Harlow. An unforgettable musical score and numbers such as "I Got No Strings" and Oscar-winning song "When you wish upon a star". As a 5-year-old I still remember being awe-stuck and truly scared when cigar-smoking Lampwick turns into a donkey on Pleasure Island and everyone is swallowed by Monstro The Whale. I was horrified when Pinocchio "died" until he became a real little boy. Worth viewing (as is Fantasia) on an old-fashioned giant-sized theater screen, if you ever can.

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