Directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney and Bill Roberts
Original Release: 1940
Choice: Our Girl's
My Overall Rating: 4 stars out of 5
I first saw Pinocchio as a young child at the Kennedy Center back when it was home to the American Film Institute. The part I always remembered best from that early viewing was Geppetto out searching for Pinocchio in his nightgown. The Disney classic is based on The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Initially a commercial flop, Pinocchio survived to become one of the most critically acclaimed animated films of all time.
Geppetto is an old, lonely wood-carver. One day he builds a puppet named Pinocchio and wishes that he might become a real boy. A fairy comes while the old man sleeps and grants the wish... sort of. Pinocchio is alive enough to move without strings but in order to become a real boy, he must prove himself to be brave, truthful and unselfish.
While the thematic material of the early Disney films is quite dated in 2013, the cel animation is stunning. Today's CGI works cannot match the depth and texture of Pinocchio. The movie's most lasting legacy, however, is its music. Pinocchio won two Academy Awards: best original score and best song. "When You Wish upon a Star" would become the iconic song of the entire Disney empire.
I like this Bill Evans rendition a lot: