Movie of the Week: Pinocchio (1940)

Ben Sharpsteen and Hamilton Luske direct Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones and Christian Rub in this Walt Disney classic about the puppet who wants to become a real boy.

As a kid Pinocchio used to be up there with The Jungle Book as one of my Disney favourites. The evolution of the animation from Snow White to this is notable. Nearly every song is a banger. When You Wish Upon a Star / There Are No Strings On Me / Give A Little Whistle! Does the general population even remember that Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor’s Life For Me) came from this? Memorably hissable villains: Honest John, Stromboli, The Coachman, Monstro. The utter dark nightmare that is Pleasure Island. The episodic plot is a tad too repetitive. Pinocchio is too much of a sap head to really care about if you are an adult. The syrup and the nightmare don’t alway gel all that well together. But it is still a magical experience overall.

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