Saturday, March 17, 2012

138. Pinocchio

Directed by Norman Ferguson
There was a definite improvement in this movie compared to Snow White.  This film felt a lot more like the familiar Disney from the nineties (I have enjoyed these early Disney movies but I am a Disney princess girl through and through).  Parts of this movie were really dark, however, which seems to be an exclusive theme for early Disney.

We all know the story.  A puppet gets turned into a real boy by a Blue Fairy and is accompanied by his "conscience" Jiminy Cricket.  However, he constantly gets into trouble by two con man and his own follies.  I had seen this movie before, probably when I was around six, so it brought back a few distant memories.

I wasn't wildly entertained.  I mean, it was pretty spectacular considering how new animation was to the big screen.  It is also further proof that animation can be for adults as well.  However, the plot was merely different adventures strung together; it was more like a television show than a movie.  I also wasn't a huge fan of the songs, though "When You Wish Upon a Star" is pretty poignant.  Since most of you have probably seen it, no use recommending it!

RATING: ***--

Interesting Facts:

"When You Wish Upon a Star" was ranked number 7 in AFI's top 100 movie songs.

Ranked number 2 in AFI's top animated movies.

Pinocchio's nose grows only once in the film.

Beautiful song:


  1. This is really dark. Child Abuse and child labor. Moralizing over poor children, getting lost from your parents. Tough fare. The whale was pretty awesome though.

    1. I am just about to review The Lion King. I guess it is slightly less horrifying, although it is still dark.