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Pinocchio (1940)
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by Rob Gonsalves

"Pretty rough stuff, actually."
5 stars

Parents who complained that 'The Lion King' was traumatic and scary obviously forgot about this Disney classic, based on the somewhat grittier Carlos Collodi story. It was Disney's most explicit moralizing, and with its constant sexual imagery it's like 'A Clockwork Orange' for kids.

Pinocchio, the puppet who wants to be a real boy, falls victim to a Dickensian cast of shady characters, including Honest John the fox, Stromboli, the Coachman of Pleasure Island, and Lampwick, who turns into a donkey in what is surely the most chilling sequence Disney ever produced (and that includes 'Night on Bald Mountain' in Fantasia).

Meanwhile, Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Cliff Edwards) acts as Pinocchio's conscience, thwarted at every turn by the temptations that lead Pinocchio astray. In a truly awe-inspiring set piece, Pinocchio redeems himself by rescuing his father-creator Geppetto from the jaws of Monstro. And you won't soon forget the nightmarishly decadent Pleasure Island; for a few disorienting minutes, we seem to have detoured into a Ralph Bakshi cartoon.

It's difficult to say what 'Pinocchio' will mean to today's jaded kids, but adults may well find much of it disturbing. This is probably the pinnacle of the genuinely great Disney quintet ('Snow White,' 'Fantasia,' 'Dumbo,' and 'Bambi' are the others).

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User Comments

10/20/11 Magic Put simply, the story of a puppet wanting to be a real boy is Disney's very best movie. 5 stars
11/07/09 James Disney's the greatest animated film IMO. A tale of morality and redemption. 5 stars
10/17/07 Ionicera first great Disney film, and still holds up 5 stars
3/20/07 David Pollastrini great animation 4 stars
3/16/07 RKM One of the best Dinsey's. Solid story and good artwork 5 stars
3/13/07 dmitry By far Disney's best 5 stars
3/13/07 ES One of the worst disney's. Tepid story and bad artwork. 2 stars
7/22/06 David Cohen Very different from the (awesome) book, but enjoyable in its own right 4 stars
4/29/06 Jack 2nd best animated film ever 5 stars
6/17/05 Quigley a very funny and entertaining disney flick. beats a lot of the crap they put out now 5 stars
9/25/04 Lord Durvok 2 One of my favorite animated movies, a classic that never ceases to entertain me. 5 stars
5/15/04 Sean Scanlan Disney doses it again 5 stars
11/12/02 R.W. Welch One of Walt's Big 3 though not my personal favorite. Bonus points for the Cricket though. 4 stars
8/14/02 Turkish blew ass 2 stars
7/30/02 Michael S. Browne Greatest, most joyous, most heartfelt Disney cartoon ever produced. Simply wonderful. A++++ 5 stars
8/07/01 Mr. Hat Cool. 4 stars
12/02/00 The Evil Penguin "When you wish upon a star" 3 stars
9/12/00 Stewart Ball I love this movie and always will. Should have made it on the AFI list. Disney's greatest. 5 stars
4/12/00 tia I like it 4 stars
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