Academy Awards 1940 -
Best Original Score: Leigh Harline, Ned Washington & Paul J. Smith
Academy Awards 1940 -
Best Original Song: Leigh Harline & Ned Washington
USA Today - 03/26/1993
"...Awesomely restored..." -- 4 out of 4 stars
Los Angeles Times - 06/26/1992
"...Every element in PINOCCHIO shimmers with the energy of young artists reveling in their newly discovered powers of creation..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 06/26/1992
"...The movie looks great....The movie is genuinely exciting and romantic, great to look at, and timeless..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/11/2002
"...Visually, the movie remains the peak of the studio's craft..."
Empire - 03/01/2008
"Arguably the best told of all the Disney fairy tales....And, as ever, the animation is near flawless..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/13/2009
"The rollicking adventure, about a lonely old toy maker whose wooden puppet comes to life and dreams of becoming a real boy, is tender and timeless." -- Grade: A
New York Times - 03/06/2009
"PINOCCHIO remains a technical summit of hand-drawn animation, executed with a grace and expressiveness of movement that even Disney's artists were neve quite able to recapture."
Total Film - 08/01/2012 4 stars out of 5 -- "Disney's second full-length feature is masterful: fab to look at, emotionally rewarding and blessed with a fine support cast."
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.
The wish of a kindly woodcarver comes true when a puppet he created comes to life. The child, named Pinocchio, means well, but he cannot help lying...and every time he lies, his nose grows bigger and bigger.
Coming Of Age |
Disney Film |
Family (General) |
Theatrical release: February 9, 1940.
Rereleased in 1945, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1984, and 1992.
PINOCCHIO is the second full-length animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures.
The famous story has been remade for TV in 1957, 1968, and 1976 and as GEPPETTO in 2000, starring a singing Drew Carey.
PINOCCHIO was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1994.