When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish as he sets off on an adventure with a cricket assigned to be his conscience.
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Not the braying or the nausea-green smoking: there is no more distressing sight here is than the early crossing of the sinful fox with Pinocchio, like a vise squeezing innocence forever, tainted the once pure promise of eternal happiness. As for the rest, well " Yes, Pinocchio. I've given you life" - Why? (...) "Father, it's me!" [and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us].
70+ years on, I wouldn't say this is the healthiest of viewing experiences for the youth of today. While naively moralistic, the film is quite fun in its dour- bordering-on-horrific way and the animation is beyond gorgeous. The big song feels a tad out of place here, but it will still bring a tear to your eye.
Despite sugar-coating Collodi's super dark fable, Disney's version of Pinocchio surpasses the source material & remains the greatest of all animated films - a haunting evocation of what it means to be human. The ending, which remains one of the great moments in all of fiction, locates the unspoken moral of all fairy tales - to be real is to be mortal, to be human is to die. If you liked this film, watch A.I. (2001).
The animation is terrific, it has a balanced mix of small expressions, gestures, and moments with it's adventurous set pieces, and it's message still has the ability to teach kids some valuable lessons.
Beautifully hand drawn animated movie from the Disney company especially the water effects are excellent. One of the strongest title songs in Disney history and some memorable moments. It is also refreshing to see a classic Disney fairytale story that is not about a princess and finding love.