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.
Fantastical! Wonderful! Amazing! Mesmerizing! These words go above and beyond for this movie, and if I could say anymore, I would call it the best disney film of all time. There are a few films that I like to say I admire more, but I loved everything about "Pinocchio" and all the adventures that he goes on throughout the film. It's all about making your wishes come true by being a good person at heart,
This remains the greatest Disney in my eyes. The animation is excellent, the story daring to go into the darker territories and the music some of the best heard in Disney films. As a child I was mesmerised by so many little things, such as the music & colours preceding the arrival of the blue fairy, the coin bending, the shiny medal, the wood burning in Monstro, the children turning into donkeys and more. Quality.
As absolutely stunning as it may be, the film suffers from haphazard shifts between its episodic plot lines and does not maintain the ebb and flow one witnesses in other productions under Ben Sharpsteen such as DUMBO. With fascinating narrative juxtapositions between beauty and ugliness, tenderness and crass, and so on, the film maintains a level of the unexpected that both warms and terrifies the heart.
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).
Pinocchio, in spite of its likable protagonist and famous amusing conscience, is actually much darker than people give it credit for. In a dark, ominous world that preys on the innocent and the susceptible to temptation, the lead character's journey to become a real boy is stirring and even unnerving at times. But the payoff is emotionally very satisfying. Pinocchio stands as a paragon of the message of hope.