Roberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) brings Carlo Collodi's classic children's story to glorious life in this big budget live-action adaptation. Gepett...
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Review of "Pinocchio (DVD)"
Pinocchio is one of those great films that you can revisit again and again throughout your whole life. If anyone says that animation is only for children, show them this film - it is very dark in places and scared me quite a bit as a child! But now it is my very favourite of all the Disney classics.For anyone who doesn't know the story, Pinocchio is a wooden puppet who must prove himself to be brave, honest and true before he can become a real boy. Despite having a conscience (the wonderfully cute Jiminy Cricket), Pinocchio often makes the wrong moral choices and has to face the consequences of his actions.
While some of the animation may look a bit dated now, every cell was painted by hand in beautiful detail. Also, the film pioneered such special effects as underwater animation.A cast of unforgettable characters and some of the greatest songs from the Disney songbook, including the Oscar winning When You Wish Upon A Star, make Pinocchio a film for every family to own.
English is the only language option for the DVD, and there are only English subtitles as well as English for the hearing impaired.The comparison of the film to the original storyboard was fascinating as was the short 'Making Of' documentary. The original trailer was a joy to behold.
The two sing-along-songs were great fun, as were two Jiminy Cricket safety films, I'm No Fool With Fire and I'm No Fool Having Fun (my younger brothers sometimes ask to watch these short features instead of the main film!).The only disappointment with regard to special features was the Search For Jiminy Cricket Game, which we completed in less than five minutes. I realise that this game was made for much younger children, but even my seven year old brother complained that it wasn't challenging enough.
But don't let that put you off buying this gem from Disney, it is definitely one of the greatest films of all time - not just animated but of films overall.
Product Information : Pinocchio (DVD)
Manufacturer's product descriptionRoberto Benigni (LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL) brings Carlo Collodi's classic children's story to glorious life in this big budget live-action adaptation. Gepetto (Carlo Guiffre), a humble toy maker, fashions a marionette out of a log that has miraculously appeared on his doorstep. After wishing upon a star that his creation, Pinocchio (Benigni), would come to life, Gepetto's wish is granted by the beautiful Blue Fairy (Nicoletta Braschi). The only condition is that Pinocchio must prove his valor, and be completely honest at all times, in order to become a real boy. Unfortunately, this isn't easy for the enthusiastic puppet, who seems to find trouble everywhere he turns. After a long, tumultuous journey, in which Pinocchio is accosted by two corrupt thieves, turned into a donkey, and swallowed by a shark, Pinocchio is reunited with his father, setting up a final challenge that will prove once and for all if Pinocchio has the heart to become a real boy.<BR>Benigni's follow-up to the Oscar-winning LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL is a crowd-pleasing fantasy film, featuring beautiful cinematography from Dante Spinotti (HEAT, L.A. CONFIDENTIAL). The American release boasts the voices of actors Breckin Meyer, Glenn Close, and John Cleese.
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