Pinocchio (1940)

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… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Consensus: Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant.

Charles Solomon
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Frank S. Nugent
New York Times

It still is the best thing Mr. Disney has done and therefore the best cartoon ever made.

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Tony Sloman
Radio 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.

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Variety Staff

Pinocchio is a substantial piece of entertainment for young and old.

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Geoff Brown
Time Out

Probably shows Disney's virtues and vices more clearly than any other cartoon.

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Neil Smith
Total Film

Even in our cynical age, it still manages to impress.

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TIME Magazine

The charm, humor and loving care with which it treats its inanimate characters puts it in a class by itself.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Collodi's classic fairy tale is adapted into a spellbinding animation full of adventure and tension, notably scarier and more serious in tone than the… More
Film Crazy
Not my favourite walt disney movie that was made however it is a classic and like most of walt disneys movie it has got a great moral story and should be… More
KJ Proulx
Fantastical! Wonderful! Amazing! Mesmerizing! These words go above and beyond for this movie, and if I could say anymore, I would call it the best disney film… More
Sophie Burgess
Never a fan of this as a child (the donkey part scared me very much) I decided to give this classic Disney film a second look. Wonderful characterisation and… More
Alex roy
Pinocchio is a great film, but compared to other Disney classics, I never really re watched this one. I on the other hand really loved the film when I saw it… More
Eric Alvarez
Love Disney, but was never really the biggest Pinocchio fan. Good movie none the less.