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Pinocchio (1940)

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A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

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Carlo Collodi (from the story by) (as Collodi), Ted Sears (story adaptation) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Gideon (hiccoughs) (voice) (uncredited)
Don Brodie Don Brodie ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Stuart Buchanan Stuart Buchanan ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Walter Catlett ... J. Worthington Foulfellow (voice) (uncredited)
Marion Darlington Marion Darlington ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Frankie Darro ... Lampwick (voice) (uncredited)
Cliff Edwards ... Jiminy Cricket (voice) (uncredited)
Dickie Jones ... Pinocchio / Alexander (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Stromboli / The Coachman (voice) (uncredited)
John McLeish John McLeish ... Carnival Barker (voice) (uncredited)
Patricia Page Patricia Page ... Marionettes (voice) (uncredited)
Christian Rub ... Geppetto (voice) (uncredited)
Evelyn Venable ... The Blue Fairy (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish for Pinocchio to be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble. Written by Tim Pickett <quetzal@yoyo.cc.monash.edu.au>

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Taglines:

So wonderful you'll want to see it again! [1945 re-release] See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pinocchio See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,769,251, 25 December 1984

Gross USA:

$84,254,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,892,045
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)| Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Blue Fairy in Pinocchio (as well as the prince in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)) was created using the rotoscope technique. See more »

Goofs

Honest John was introduced as the main antagonist, complete with Disney's very first Villain song "Hi-diddle-dee-dee," but never appears again beyond the Pleasure Island sequence, as Monstro would be introduced shortly afterwards, as the bigger threat. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Jiminy Cricket: [after singing "When You Wish Upon a Star"] Pretty, huh? I'll bet a lot of you folks don't believe that, about a wish comin' true, do ya? Well, I didn't, either. Of course, I'm just a cricket singing my way from hearth to hearth, but let me tell you what made me change my mind.
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Crazy Credits

None of the actors in this film are credited. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 1954 re-release marked the last time the film was distributed by RKO. After that, it was replaced by the logo for Buena Vista Distribution Co. (Disney's in-house distribution arm). The 1993 VHS release and 1999 DVD features the Buena Vista logo. However, the overseas DVD release in 2003, the Platinum Edition DVD and Blu-ray releases in 2009 and the Walt Disney Signature Collection DVD and Blu-ray releases in 2017 restored the original RKO logo. But both versions include reissue credits, as reference to Technicolor should have read "in Technicolor" but not just "Technicolor". See more »

Connections

Featured in The Disney Family Album: Wolfgang Reitherman (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got No Strings
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Leigh Harline
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Performed by Dickie Jones
Later sung a cappella by Charles Judels
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Wonderful
17 February 2001 | by Studio Morye ReviewsSee all my reviews

Last night I watched Pinocchio, Disney's second feature-length film and in my opinion one of the studio's best features. Based on the 19th century book by Carlo Collodi, but not half as unpleasant, Pinocchio combines winning animation with great humor and excitement. There are songs, but they're never like the huge production numbers that last four minutes and feature the voice of some up-and-coming princess of pop (who'll be gone in a year) that the studio later adopted with the applicable exception of When you Wish Upon a Star. My favorite song is "Little Wooden Head" which is featured in the beginning and is a truly wonderful scene as Gepetto and Figaro play happily with the new puppet.

The movie takes a sadistic, cruel, heartless little wooden boy (Collodi's character) and turns him into an interesting, 3-dimensional kid with a good heart but who is weak-willed and doesn't always listen to reason. The animation makes brilliant use of the multiplane camera, featuring a sprawling opening sequence in which the viewer practically sees the entire village at night. The characters are colorful and fun (I especially love Honest John Foulfellow and his sidekick Gideon) and the story has never a dull moment. This film is a reminder of the sort of efforts Disney put int o their films; the man himself had a great storytelling passion that was lost in later works (Alice in Wonderland, 101 Dalmatians). Pinocchio was never as famous as some of the others, and this is unfortunate because it is his masterpiece.


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