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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,… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Although it may lack the heart-tugging appeal of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the consensus among animation fans is that 1940's Pinocchio remains the most perfect animated feature Walt Disney produced."
‑ Charles Solomon, Los Angeles Times
"It still is the best thing Mr. Disney has done and therefore the best cartoon ever made."
‑ Frank S. Nugent, New York Times
"Some films you think you know well, until you revisit them, and are struck all over again by that sense of wonder that moved you in the first place."
‑ Tony Sloman, Radio Times
"One of the crown jewels of American cinema, and arguably the most beautiful animated movie in history."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Pinocchio is above all a cautionary story of the dangers that lurk beyond the comforting arms of the family."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
"Pinocchio is a substantial piece of entertainment for young and old."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Probably shows Disney's virtues and vices more clearly than any other cartoon."
‑ , Time Out
"Even in our cynical age, it still manages to impress."
‑ , Total Film
"Dreams are something we all need to have, irrespective of age; this uplifting fable reminds us of that."
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"In spirit a classical European fairy tale, full of wonder and terror … a pinnacle of artistic achievement that, after Bambi, classic Disney would never even try to match again."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"The charm, humor and loving care with which it treats its inanimate characters puts it in a class by itself."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The moral lessons include a literalization of metaphors about lying and other forms of misbehaving, and the grasp of a little boy's emotions and behavior often borders on the uncanny."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"At the heart of this art is the thrill of the then-new: when Pinocchio hits sea-base and gushes "Gee! What a big place!", we share a sense of joy at the filmmakers' creative adventures."
‑ Kevin Harley, Total Film
"Continues to shine bright as one of the most magical and delightful films in the Disney animated library."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"The original Scared Straight!"
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
More reviews for Pinocchio on Rotten Tomatoes

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