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#148. Pinocchio

  • Year: 1940
  • Country: USA
  • Production: RKO/Disney, 88m
  • Director: Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske
  • Producer: Walt Disney
  • Screenplay: Aurelius Battaglia, from novel by Carlo Collodi
  • Music: Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith
  • Cast: (voices) Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Walter Catlett
  • Oscar Wins: Best Score, Best Original Song

Abridged Book Description

Some of the darker elements of Carlo Collodi's original Italian fable were, of course, discarded once Disney had the story. But only some... As Disney's second feature (after Snow White), Pinocchio showed the then-uncharted world of animation to be rife with possibility, resulting in such enchanting and ethereal creations as the luminous Blue Fairy, and such amazing sequences as the escape from cursed Pleasure Island and the thrilling encounter with the fittingly named Monstro the Whale. Add to these such now standard songs as "When You Wish Upon A Star," and is it any wonder Pinocchio has remained a towering standard by which so many animated films are judged?