Pinocchio [DVD] [1940]

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99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1266 out of 1282)

Synopsis


Pinocchio
When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish. But, even with the help of Jiminy (Cliff Edwards), a cricket who the fairy assigns to be Pinocchio's conscience, the marionette goes astray. He joins a puppet show instead of going to school, he lies instead of telling the truth, and he travels to Pleasure Island instead of going straight home. Yet, when Pinocchio discovers that a whale has swallowed Geppetto, the puppet single-mindedly journeys into the ocean and selflessly risks his life to save his father, thereby displaying that he deserves to be a real boy. Based on a series of stories by 19th century Italian author Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio came under fire for being a sugarcoated version of its original tale, but the film's moral did have a strong educational effect on children. Soon enough, a 16 mm excerpt from the picture, titled "Pinocchio: A Lesson in Honesty," was released for teachers to use in schools. ~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Dick Jones
    Dick Jones - Pinocchio
  • Cliff Edwards
    Cliff Edwards - Jiminy Cricket
  • Christian Rub
    Christian Rub - Geppetto
  • Walter Catlett
    Walter Catlett - J. Worthington Foulfellow
  • Charles Judels
    Charles Judels - Stromboli the coachman



Overall customer rating

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99%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Disney Classic

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    Ctron84
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    This is one of the best, in a cavalcade of great animated classics that Disney created. While the book itself was rather snarky and somewhat sarcastic, in the movie, Pinocchio was transformed from a sarcastic little brat into a creature who was often inveigled into large and costly errors because of his innocence. The fact that he didn't know any better was actually at times a saving grace as he and Jimminy Cricket found themselves in real danger, thanks to Honest John and his cohort, Gideon. Stromboli the puppet-master lived up to his name as the thundering conniving man who had enslaved Pinocchio into his service, and the chubby, cheerful, Coachman was a truly terrifying being that used the power of an island to turn bad boys into donkeys for profit, a clear warning that the face of evil isn't always an unpleasant one. Seeing the unfortunate Lampwick turning into a donkey was and still is a terrifying sight to this day as was the final confrontation Pinocchio had with Monstro the Whale, a huge creature capable of swallowing whole ships, in order to rescue his father, who had been looking for him, giving his all to become a real boy. This is one of the true gems in classic animation, and one not to be missed.....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Masterpiece At Work!

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    AandJ091108
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    This is one of the best, in a cavalcade of great animated classics that Disney created. While the book itself was rather snarky and somewhat sarcastic, in the movie, Pinocchio was transformed from a sarcastic little brat into a creature who was often inveigled into large and costly errors because of his innocence. The fact that he didn't know any better was actually at times a saving grace as he and Jimminy Cricket found themselves in real danger, thanks to Honest John and his cohort, Gideon. Stromboli the puppet-master lived up to his name as the thundering conniving man who had enslaved Pinocchio into his service, and the chubby, cheerful, Coachman was a truly terrifying being that used the power of an island to turn bad boys into donkeys for profit, a clear warning that the face of evil isn't always an unpleasant one. Seeing the unfortunate Lampwick turning into a donkey was and still is a terrifying sight to this day as was the final confrontation Pinocchio had with Monstro the Whale, a huge creature capable of swallowing whole ships, in order to rescue his father, who had been looking for him, giving his all to become a real boy. This is one of the true gems in classic animation, and one not to be missed.....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Masterpiece on Blu Ray

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    jedi10master
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    This is one of the best, in a cavalcade of great animated classics that Disney created. While the book itself was rather snarky and somewhat sarcastic, in the movie, Pinocchio was transformed from a sarcastic little brat into a creature who was often inveigled into large and costly errors because of his innocence. The fact that he didn't know any better was actually at times a saving grace as he and Jimminy Cricket found themselves in real danger, thanks to Honest John and his cohort, Gideon. Stromboli the puppet-master lived up to his name as the thundering conniving man who had enslaved Pinocchio into his service, and the chubby, cheerful, Coachman was a truly terrifying being that used the power of an island to turn bad boys into donkeys for profit, a clear warning that the face of evil isn't always an unpleasant one. Seeing the unfortunate Lampwick turning into a donkey was and still is a terrifying sight to this day as was the final confrontation Pinocchio had with Monstro the Whale, a huge creature capable of swallowing whole ships, in order to rescue his father, who had been looking for him, giving his all to become a real boy. This is one of the true gems in classic animation, and one not to be missed.....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Samsung oven

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    Knlk3
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    I went in to purchase an oven that was on sale. The store didn't have the model I wanted in stock due to it being about to be discontinued. The associate tried to up sell me to the more expensive model which I did not want!! They were never able to locate the item that I wanted & finally agreed to sell the floor model Upon loading the floor model into my truck they broke off 2 feet & never offered to contact the manufacturer to order new ones Upon getting the oven home, it was NOT cleaned & didn't even have the correct owners manual!!! I went to a different Best Buy location the next day for an owners manaul & had to say "excuse me" to the first associate 3 times before he got off his phone before being helped about the manual problem. He needed to get a manager for appliances. The manager then proceeded to tell me that "his job ended the minute that I walked out of the store with the product & that I would need to pay for an owners manaul" This is probably hands down the worst customer service experience I've ever had with Best Buy & will have to very very very carefully consider purchasing with them again!!!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wouldn't it be nice if he was a real boy?

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    Wizard
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    Disney has restored this all-time classic to its original brilliance. The universal themes of love, family, friendship and good vs. evil make this educational and enjoyable. Yes, there are some quite scary scenes and evil is shown for what it is. However, just as in most fairy tales, good triumphs over evil in the end. The story is told by Jiminy Cricket and the start of the movie is peaceful. He arrives at Geppetto's home where there are music boxes, toys, amazing clocks and a puppet who is just "all strings and joints." Geppetto is just painting on the finishing touches before he heads off to bed. The "cutest" black and white cat named Figaro adds warmth and amusement to the story. The sassy fish Cleo is a visual delight. As the woodcarver drifts off to sleep, he says: "Wouldn't it be nice if he was a real boy?" He then sends Figaro to open the window and sees a wishing star. He makes a wish and while he sleeps, the Blue Fairy brings the Marionette Pinocchio to life. He then must learn to have a conscience, so it is decided that Jiminy Cricket will be his guide so he will know what is good and what is evil.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Disney film

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    treklifer57
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    This was only the second animated feature film by Walt Disney, following Snow White. I replaced my VHS copy with this new blu-ray, and what a difference in picture and sound quality. It is especially noticeable when looking at the film clips from the movie highlighted in the "classic" special features. Disney Studios pioneered many new animation techniques in the late 1930's that were spotlighted in this film, but especially their technique using wavy glass to film the underwater sequences. The music is phenomenal, winning two Oscars, including "Best Music, Original Song" for "When You Wish Upon a Star," composed by Leigh Harline, with lyrics by Ned Washington. Cliff Edwards who voices Jiminy Cricket, Christian Rub as Geppetto (whose appearance the animators actually based the character on!), and Dickie Jones as Pinocchio were such inspired casting, I can't imagine anyone else in the roles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A classic WISH ANIMATED FILMS WERE STILL THIS GOOD

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    CKCSWHFFAN
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    A classic film. Course, Disney is getting into this habit of INCORRECTLY DATING THEIR DVD RELEASES. Pinocchio came out in 1940, re-released to DVD 3-10-09 BUT YET THEY PACKAGE IT AS THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY. One of my favorite Disney characters Jiminy Cricket. Another Disney favorite, the Oscar winning song "When You Wish Upon A Star". Animation still looks great. Extras. I always enjoy Making Of segments & this DVD package has 1. Deleted scenes & other good extras. DISNEY CAN STOP WITH THIS PRACTICE THEY HAVE BEEN DOING FOR YEARS. Having some "unknown" "never had a hit song" singer do a redo of a famous song & make a video for it. NOT NEEDED, CHEAP, ETC. OK, the errors with the DVD package: 1. DISNEY, STOP, STOP, STOP WITH THE HORRIBLE LITTLE FLAP DVD CASES/JEWEL BOXES. A PAIN IN THE NECK, WASTE OF TIME TO GET INTO WHAT YOU PURCHASED. 2. NO information on the film inside. Only brochure does have a chapter list & ONLY INFO ON WHAT IS ON THE DVD EXTRAS. A CLASSIC FILM LIKE THIS & NO ONE WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT THE FILM?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Classic Disney

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    XAvenger
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    This is was Disney's second animated feature, made more than 70 years ago. And it still holds up today. Pinocchio tells a timeless coming of age story of a wooden boy who strives to become a real boy. The animation is crisp and clear and moves in a very natural fashion. The music and songs are superb, this was the first apperance of 'When you wish upon a star'! This was also the first appearance of Jiminy Cricket! The High-Def transfer is flawless! This movie looks amazing on Blu-Ray! The extras include in-det features on the making of Pinocchio and a little bit on the history of the character. There are even some carnival games to play in Pleasure Island. Pinocchio is a timeless classic that has stood the test f time and will no doubt continue to do so in the future. A great film for the entire family and a great addition to your high-def collection. Defenitely worth the DVD to Blu-Ray upgrade!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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