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The Walt Disney Pinocchio Movie

Pinocchio is a little boy that gets a lot of flack for lying, and he is the reason your parents tell you your nose will grow long if you lie. Here is a little history on the Walt Disney Pinocchio Movie as well as some Disney Pinocchio toys and memorabilia that you can purchase online.

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Walt Disney Pinocchio Movie

This is the preview of the Walt Disney Pinocchio Movie – Enjoy!

The Walt Disney Pinocchio movie was produced by Walt Disney Productions in 1940 and is based on the 1883 children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi. In the original novel, Pinocchio is a cold, rude, ungrateful, inhuman brat that often repels sympathy and only learns his lessons the hard way. Disney softened his character to make him more likable.

Pinocchio was the second animated feature film produced by Disney after their first success in Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.

The Story:

Jiminy Cricket addresses the audience to open the film, informing them he is about to tell a story of dreams coming true.

One day, he arrives in the workshop of a childless woodworker named Geppetto, who creates a marionette which he names Pinocchio.

Before falling asleep with his pets, Figaro the cat and Cleo the goldfish, Geppetto wishes on a star for Pinocchio to be a real boy. During the night, a Blue Fairy visits the workshop and brings Pinocchio to life, although he remains a puppet. She informs him that if he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish, he will become a real boy. She then assigns Jiminy Cricket to be Pinocchio’s conscience.

On his way to school the next day, Pinocchio is led astray by con-artist fox Honest John and his sidekick Gideon the Cat. They convince him to join Stromboli’s puppet show, which Pinocchio does despite Jiminy’s objections. Pinocchio, as “The Puppet Without Strings”, becomes Stromboli’s star attraction.

When Pinocchio tries to go home, Stromboli locks him in a cage and announces his intention to tour the world, chopping up Pinocchio for firewood once he’s served his purpose. After Jiminy unsuccessfully tries to free his friend, the Blue Fairy appears and asks Pinocchio why he was not at school. Pinocchio lies, but his nose grows longer and longer until he tells the truth. The Blue Fairy restores his nose and frees him, but warns him she can no longer help him.

Meanwhile, Honest John and Gideon are promised money by The Coachman, if they can find “stupid little boys” for him to take to Pleasure Island. Though they are terrified by the Coachman’s statement that none of the boys come back “like boys”, they again fall in with Pinocchio and convince him to take a vacation on Pleasure Island after his terrible experience with Stromboli.

On the way to Pleasure Island, Pinocchio befriends Lampwick, a delinquent boy. Without rules or authority to enforce their activity, Pinocchio, Lampwick, and other boys soon engage in smoking cigars and cigarettes, gambling, vandalism, and getting drunk, much to Jiminy’s dismay. Jiminy discovers that the island hides a horrible curse: the boys brought to Pleasure Island are turned into donkeys for their misdeeds and are sold by the Coachman to slave labor in salt mines and circuses. Pinocchio witnesses Lampwick transform into a donkey, and with Jiminy’s help, Pinocchio escapes, though with donkey ears and a tail himself.

Upon returning home, Pinocchio and Jiminy find the workshop vacant. They soon get a letter from the Blue Fairy as a dove, stating that Geppetto had gone out looking for Pinocchio but was swallowed by Monstro, a terrible sperm whale, and is now living in the belly of the beast. Determined to rescue his father, Pinocchio jumps into the sea, accompanied by Jiminy.

Pinocchio is soon swallowed by Monstro as well, where he finds Geppetto. Pinocchio devises a scheme to make Monstro sneeze, giving them a chance to escape. The scheme works, but the enraged whale chases them and smashes their raft. Pinocchio pulls Geppetto to safety into a cave before Monstro crashes into it. Geppetto, Figaro, Cleo, and Jiminy wash up safely on a beach, but Pinocchio is apparently killed.

Back home, Geppetto, Jiminy, and the pets are inconsolable over the loss of Pinocchio. However, the Blue Fairy decides that Pinocchio has proven himself brave, truthful, and selfless; to reward him, she reverses the Pleasure Island curse and turns him into a real human boy, reviving him in the process, much to everyone’s joy.

As the group celebrates, Jiminy steps outside to thank the Fairy and is rewarded with a solid gold badge that certifies him as an official conscience.

Film Credits:

In September 1937, during the production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, animator Norman Ferguson brought a translated version of Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio to the attention of Walt Disney. After reading the book, “Walt was busting his guts with enthusiasm” Ferguson later recalled.

Disney then commissioned storyboard artist Bianca Majolie to write a new story outline for the book, but after reading it, he felt her outline was too faithful. Pinocchio was intended to be the studio’s third feature, after Bambi.

However, due to difficulties with Bambi (adapting the story and animating the animals realistically), Disney announced that Bambi would be postponed while Pinocchio would move ahead in production.

The production was supervised by Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske, and the film’s sequences were directed by Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, and Bill Roberts.

Pinocchio was a groundbreaking achievement in the area of effects animation, giving realistic movement to vehicles, machinery, and natural elements such as rain, lightning, smoke, shadows, and water. The film was released to theaters by RKO Radio Pictures on the 7th of February, 1940.

Although it became the first animated feature to win two competitive Academy Awards for Best Music, Original Score and for Best Music, Original Song for “When You Wish Upon a Star” — it was initially a box office bomb, mainly due to World War II cutting off the European and Asian markets overseas.

It eventually made a profit in its 1945 reissue and is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made, with a 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes.

The film and characters are still prevalent in popular culture, featuring at various Disney parks and in other forms of entertainment. In 1994, Pinocchio was added to the United States National Film Registry for being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”

More Pinocchio Memorobelia

Trend Setters Disney Pinocchio Top Hat Shaped Hanging Acrylic – Thomas Kinkade Art

  • Officially Licensed Thomas Kinkade Disney Dreams Collection.
  • Includes 3 pieces.
  • Made with care in the USA by TrendSetter Ltd. with durable, long-lasting acrylic.
  • Vivid and light-catching.
  • 2D shaped and 3/16″ thick flat acrylic decoration – Measures 3.5” width x 3.25″ height
  • Clean with a soft microfiber cloth.

The image of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket is made entirely of acrylic! The translucent properties of the acrylic allow natural light to illuminate the vivid details and colors.

Perfect for anywhere in your home or car year-round. They also look great in windows or cars due to their light-catching properties. The image is double-sided, so you can see it from the front and the back.

Pinocchio Child Costume – Small Size

This set Includes: One Piece, One Vest, One Hat, One Pair of Gloves and is a really cute outfit for a girl to wear to a fancy dress costume.

Pinocchio Bean Bag Plush By Disney Classics Star Bean – 10 Inches

This cute Pinocchio plush toy is ten inches tall and is recommended for ages 3 years and up.

Tigerdoe Storybook Costumes – Fairy Tale Costumes – Puppet Costumes – Halloween Costumes for Adults Yellow

And last but not least, a fun Pinocchio costume for an adult.

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