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Pinocchio (Disney’s)

Released

Latest Home Video

Mar 10, 2009

MPAA Rating:

G


Run Time:

88

Cast

Voice of Christian Rub

Dickie Jones

Evelyn Venable

Cliff Edwards.

Studio

1940 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Still shot from the movie: Pinocchio (Disney’s).

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Overall A-
ViolenceB+
SexA-
LanguageA
Drugs/AlcoholC
Run Time88

Making the Grades

Thanks to the popularity of this classic fairy tale, many youngsters have grown-up in fear of sprouting a sapling in the midst of their face, if ever they told a lie.

The story begins with a wood carver named Geppetto (voice of Christian Rub), who uses the tools of his trade to construct a beautiful puppet. The lonely old man christens his creation Pinocchio (voice of Dickie Jones), and wishes upon a star that the little figure could be the son he longs for. In answer to his heart's desire, the Blue Fairy (voice of Evelyn Venable) comes, and with a wave of her magical wand brings the doll to life. However, she cannot make Pinocchio into a real boy by herself. In order for that to happen, he must show himself to be brave, truthful and unselfish.

Perhaps because of the sawdust between his ears, this task proves to be more difficult than expected even with the help of Jiminy Cricket (voice of Cliff Edwards), who is assigned to be his conscience. With a little peer pressure from a sly fox and his copycat sidekick, the gullible marionette walks away from education and responsibility to follow the easy road to success and relaxation.

Learning the hard way that such freedom only comes with strings attached, the prodigal returns to the toy maker's workshop, where he discovers his faithful father is in grave danger. This new challenge will be his last chance to find out what he is really made of.

Choosing right from wrong is the theme of this timeless story. As a result, some young viewers may find a few scenes disturbing, especially those involving Pinocchio's excursion to Pleasure Island. Here he and other disobedient boys indulge in rebellious behaviors including drinking and smoking, with the ominous consequence of making a jackass out of themselves. Still for many, the moral messages about avoiding temptation will out weigh the slightly scary aspects of the movie.

Another reason for watching this particular adaptation of the story is because it represents the pinnacle of Disney's animation collection. Aptly subtitled a masterpiece, everything from the intricacies of the mechanical music boxes and clocks in Geppetto's home to the splashing waves and undersea realm of Monstro the whale, show the incredible skills of those hands that painstakingly brought this film to life. It is also a testament that technology does not necessarily improve on art. Thanks to a meticulous restoration effort, Pinocchio will continue to live in the hearts of new generations.

Discussion Ideas After The Movie

Teaching ideas and topics to discuss about Pinocchio (Disney’s).

The Blue Fairy describes a conscience as “something that helps you choose between right and wrong, counsels in moments of temptation, and keeps you on the straight and narrow.” What did Jiminy Cricket do when Pinocchio chose to ignore him? Does your conscience respond the same way?

Pinocchio’s theme song purports, “If you wish upon a star…your dreams come true.” In Jiminy Cricket’s introduction he claims the story proves that statement is true — but does it? What had to happen before Geppetto’s wish could be granted?

Canadian Movie Ratings

BC
SK
Not Rated
AB Not Rated
MB Not Rated
ON Not Rated
QC Not Rated
NB
NS
NL
PE
Not Rated

Canadian Home Video Rating: G

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Disney’s Pinocchio: 70th Anniversary Edition

Release Date: 10 March 2009

Walt Disney’s classic tale of Pinocchio celebrates its 70th anniversary with this 2-disc set available in a combo DVD and Blu-ray disc package. Full of more bonus extras than Geppetto’s shop has clocks and toys, fans of the film can enjoy an alternate ending, deleted scenes, a deleted song (Honest John), a making-of documentary (No Stings Attached), featurettes (The Sweat Box: Walt Disney’s Artist Review Process and Geppettos Then and Now) and a music video (When You Wish Upon A Star). These editions also offer an isolated audio track, interactive games (Pinocchio’s Puzzles Game, Pinocchio’s Matter of Facts and More About Pinocchio’s World), along with text, photo and art galleries.

The DVD edition provides audio tracks in DEHT 5.1(English, French and Spanish) and Mono (English). The Blu-ray version offers audio tracks in DTS HD 7.1 (English), Mono (English) and Dolby Digital Surround (English, French and Spanish).

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