PINOCCHIO - 70TH ANNIVERSARY: DVD
Lonely woodcarver Geppetto (voice of Christian Rub) carves a puppet out of wood and calls him Pinocchio. He wishes Pinocchio (voice of Dickie Jones) could become a real boy. The Blue Fairy (voice of Evelyn Venable) brings the puppet to life but explains to the little wooden boy first he must prove himself to be brave, loyal and honest. Jiminy Cricket (voice of Cliff Edwards) is appointed as Pinocchio's conscience, but temptation comes along and when Pinocchio tells a lie, his wooden nose starts to grow.
Review by Louise Keller:
The opening song 'When You Wish Upon a Star' is one my mother used to play on the piano and sing to me as a child, and it immediately took me on a happy, sentimental journey into my childhood. The song, which won the 1941 Academy Award for Best Song lifts our spirits as we enter the magical world of Disney's Pinocchio. Overflowing with charm, this timeless classic children's tale about the little wooden puppet boy who dreams of becoming a real boy is as delightful today as when it was released 70 years ago. Immaculately restored digitally, Disney's second full length animated feature is pleasurable viewing for children of all ages and a welcome addition to any DVD library.
We enter the world of the lonely woodcarver Geppetto through the eyes of our tiny and friendly guide, Jiminy Cricket, whose popularity earned him the right to become a true Disney character in later films. The setting is a quaint little village with crooked streets, where Geppetto lives with his personality-plus black and white cat Figaro, his cutest of cute goldfish Cleo ('my little mermaid') and a house filled with carved wooden objects. There are clocks, music boxes, toys and his latest work of art - a boy puppet he calls Pinocchio. 'Wouldn't it be nice if he was a real boy?' Geppetto says to Figaro as they snuggle into bed together. 'Prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish, and one day you will be a real boy,' says The Blue Fairy to Pinocchio, when she overhears Geppetto's wish. Anointed as his Conscience ('let your conscience be your guide'), Jiminy Cricket stays close by as Geppetto sends Pinocchio to school. We tag along with Pinocchio but he is quickly led astray (in search of fame and wealth), but eventually learns how to chose right from wrong. There are some great routines and tunes, including 'Give a Little Whistle' and 'There are No Strings on Me', when Pinocchio is lured on stage with can-can and Cossack dancers.
It is impossible to forget how Pinocchio's wooden nose grows longer and longer with every lie, nor that bad boys are eventually turned into mules. Each of Pinocchio's colourful adventures teaches him valuable lessons, until finally his dreams can come true. Dreams are something we all need to have, irrespective of age; this uplifting fable reminds us of that.
This 70th anniversary edition two-disc DVD is available on Blu-Ray or DVD, whose many special features include sing-alongs, audio commentary, archive footage, deleted scenes, the making of Pinocchio, trivia challenge, games and more.
Published April 16, 2009
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PINOCCHIO - 70TH ANNIVERSARY: DVD (G)
VOICES: Dickie Jones, Evelyn Venable, Cliff Edwards, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie, Walter Catlett, Marion Darlington, Frankie Darro,
DIRECTOR: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Norman Ferguson, T.Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
SCRIPT: Carlo Collodi (adaptation by Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia)
EDITOR: Not credited
MUSIC: Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ken Anderson, Hugh Hennesy, John Hubley, Dick Kelsey, Kendall O'Connor, Charles Philippi, Thor Putnam, Terrell Stapp, McLaren Stewart, Al Zinnen (Art Direction)
RUNNING TIME: 88 minutes
SPECIAL FEATURES: Disc 1: Fast play; music video - When you Wish Upon a Star; Singalong with your favourite songs, audio commentary with Leonard Malton, Eric Goldbert and JB Kaufman; Pinocchio's matter of facts - fun facts as you watch the movie. DISC 2: The making of Pinocchio, deleted scenes, Demystifying one of the lesser known animation processes, Geppetto's Then and Now, live action reference footage, Pinocchio art and collectable galleries, collection of trailers, deleted song Honest John. BLU RAY Features: all the above plus All new Disney View; Trivia challenge, Pleasure Island carnival games, Cine Explore
DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Walt Disney Studios
DVD RELEASE: March 11, 2009