Pinocchio (DVD)

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Pinocchio (DVD)

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)"

published 11/08/2017 | mummytobe78
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Pro Its Disney
Cons A bit scary for younger kids
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"Iv got no strings"

As anyone who reads my reviews will know I am a massive fan of Disney and am currently working my way through watching as many of the films as possible with my 2 year old son and 7 year old nephew. Pinocchio has always been one of my least favourite Disney films, but my nephew asked for it for his birthday recently which is how we came to be watching it. This is a film only review as my nephew took the DVD home after we watched it so I did not get the chance to see the extras etc.


Pinnochio is an American animated musical fantasy film and was released in 1940 by Walt Disney Productions. It was Disneys 2nd animated film and is 88 minutes long.

Pinnochio is based on the book "The Adventures of Pinnochio" by Carlo Collodi. The film has a lot of directors: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Norman Ferguson, Jack Kinney, Wilfred Jackson and T.Hee.


Dickie Jones - Pinocchio
Dickie Jones was also the voice of Alexander
Cliff Edwards - Jiminy Cricket
Christian Rub - Mister Geppetto
Walter Catlett - "Honest" John Worthington Foulfellow
Charles Judels - Stromboli
Evelyn Venable - The Blue Fairy
Frankie Darro - Lampwick

~~~~STORYLINE ~~~~

The film begins with Jiminy Cricket (a cricket who acts as Pinnochios conscience) telling the viewers they are about to see a story of a wish come true. Carpenter Geppetto finishes making a wooden doll whohe calls Pinnochio, and that night makes a wish on a falling star that he had a real boy. That night, Pinnochio is brought to life by The Blue Fairy. He is still a puppet but if he is brave and honest he will eventually become a real boy. Jiminy Cricket is given the jobas Pinnochios conscience.

Pinnochio has to do everything a real child would do, including going to school. On his way to school the first day, he meets Honest John who persuade him to join the puppet show. Pinnochio soon realises all is not as it seems. He also discovers that every time he tells a lie his nose grows longer.

Can Jiminy Cricket save Pinnochio before it is too late and will Pinnocho ever be brave and honest enough to become a real boy?


Like a lot of Disney films, Pinnochio hasa few songs in it, including:

When you wish upon a star
Little Wooden Head
Give a Little Whistle
Hi Diddle Dee Dee
I'v Got no Strings


Pinnichio was initially not a big success and did not start making money until 5 years after its release. Despitethis it did receive some awards:

Academy awards 1941 - best music - original song and best music- original score

Hugo Awards 1941 - Best Dramatic Presentation

Online Film and Television Association 2016 - Motion Picture


Although a massive fan of Disney this is not one of my favourite films. The storyline is fine, I just personally feel that some bits are a little scary for young children. My nephew is 7 and was fine. But ny son is only 2 and I was a bit concerned he wouldbe frightened. When I watch a Disney film with Harry I want to be able to relax and lethim enjoy it rather than watching his reactionsto make sure he is not scared.

All of the voice cast did a good job but the one who stood out the most for me was Jiminy Cricket. His character had the best lines in the script with the most humour.

Although the songs were acceptable none of them stand out for me as being brilliant.

Obviously this is a very old film and so the animations and special effects are not nearly as good as they would be now. However, this was Disneys second animated film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and I could see a big improvement and advancement in the animations etc in Pinnochio.

I feel this film is more suited to older children rather than the very young. Although Harry did not actually get scared this could be more to do with the fact he did not actually pay that much attention to it. It just did not seem to capture his interest in the way other Disney films have.

The film can play a part in helping to teach childen about the importance of telling the truth. My own Mum used to tell me if I told lies my nose would grow and I have caught myself saying this to my nephew.

This was not one of my favourite films and I will not be in a hurry to watch it again.


As with most Disney DVDs this is not cheap to buy. Amazon are currently selling it for £12.64. It is often found in supermarkets when they do offers such as 2 Disney DVDs for £13. This is when I usually look for Disney DVDs I do not have and get them on offer as they do tend to be expensive.


My laptop is currently broken so I am having to write reviews on my phone which will only allow me to set specific criteria to 0 or 5 on the sliding bar thing.

Did you enjoy it - 3
Story - 4
Characters/performances - 4
Special effects - 4 considering its age
Soundtrack - 3
Value for money - 3

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  • euphie published 01/09/2017
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Roberto 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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