Watching Disney’s classic 1940 production of Pinocchio last night with my children, I drifted along with the simple sentiments of this beautifully crafted film. But before Monstro the whale could rear his terrifying head my thoughts wandered from Disney to Stanley Kubrick and finally to Steven Spielberg. More on that in a moment. http://cinemauprising.blogspot.com/2013/08/pinocchios-timeless-appeal.html
It's funny, every single adaptation of The Adventures of Pinocchio terrified me as a kid (Even the idea of your nose growing every time you told a lie scared the shit out of me!), but this is the one that I stayed away from the most! Those donkeys still freak me out, even to this day! But despite that, this still continues to be Walt Disney's absolute masterpiece!
A technical masterpiece that is the definitive children's tale of growing up and moral choices
A thrilling and disturbing and, yes, genuinely moving masterpiece. Disney's finest movie.
It has moments of greatness and terror, and it's worth it for those moments. It still seems uneven and at times incoherent. This was Disney animators at the height of their game.