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Pinocchio The Disney Movie


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Pinocchio the Disney Movie was originally sent to theaters in 1940, although the project was begun much earlier. This was the second of Walt Disney Productions full-length animated movies.  The success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs led to the belief that full-length animated movies were a marketable commodity. 


The production of the movie went through several iterations before it was finally released in its present form.  The original Pinocchio was a wise-cracking Charlie McCarthy type puppet.  He more closely resembled the character from the novel.  Part way into the production, Walt Disney called off the efforts, stating that no one would readily sympathize with a character which was basically unpleasant. 


The original story concept didn't use Jiminy Cricket in the same role as in the final movie.  His role was expanded at about the same time as Pinocchio was redesigned to make him look more like a real little boy and less like a puppet.  Gideon the Cat was taken from a talking role to a more Harpo Marx and Dopey character except for three audible hiccups during the film.


Pinocchio the Disney MovieHowever, several things conspired against the immediate commercial success of the film.  The increasing hostilities which eventually swept over Europe as World War II closed down the European market; Pinocchio had no real love at first sight, or romantic fairy tale setting; and the nephew of the author of the original book wanted Disney sued for slander because Pinocchio was made to appear like an American boy rather than Italian


Still, the film was considered the highpoint of technical perfection for Disney animation and the song "When You Wish Upon a Star" was a major hit which is still used identified with Walt Disney Company today. The Library of Congress recognized the cultural significance of the film and it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the United States.  Time Magazine considers it one of the 100 best movies from the last eight decades.


The movie has been released several times over the years, and issued on video several times as well.  It has appeared on video as a Disney Classic, and is scheduled for release on a DVD Platinum Edition in 2008


In addition to "When you Wish Upon a Star" the movie contains several other well known songs, including "Little Wooden Head", "I've Got No Strings" and "Give a Little Whistle."


The plot is the story of a wooden puppet who is promised by the Blue Fairy to become a true boy is he proves himself worthy by demonstrating honesty, loyalty and trustworthiness.  He is led astray by Honest John and his sidekick, Gideon the Cat, who deliver him to a wicked puppeteer.  Pinocchio is sent to Pleasure Island where he is in danger of being turned into a donkey like the wicked boys.  With the help of Jiminy Cricket, he manages to escape the island and rescues Geppeto from the stomach of Monsto the Whale.   The Blue Fairy then rewards him by turning him into a real boy.