Pinocchio is widely considered to be one of the greatest animated films ever made. Made in 1940, this classic was Walt Disney’s second full-length film (after Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Pinocchio received two Academy Awards for best original score and best original song “When You Wish Upon a Star”, and has a rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I remember watching Pinocchio as a little girl (on the Wonderful World of Disney I think), but until now my girls have never had the chance to see this masterpiece.
Pinocchio: The Walt Disney Signature Collection was released on Digital HD earlier this month, and the Blu-ray/DVD combo pack will be available as of January 31, 2017.
“Pinocchio tells the tale of wood-carver Geppetto’s beloved puppet who embarks on a thrilling quest – with faithful friend Jiminy Cricket – that tests his bravery, loyalty and honesty, all virtues he must learn to fulfill his heart’s desire: to become a real boy.”
We missed picking up the 2009 Platinum Edition Blu-ray release before it went back to the vault, so I wasn’t going to miss adding Pinocchio to our collection this time around. The Blu-ray transfer is excellent, boasting sharp edges, rich colours, and deep blacks. It’s hard to believe this movie will be 77 years old this February!
As I mentioned, the girls have never seen Pinocchio before so I was looking forward to introducing them to this classic. But I was unsure how well it would hold up for kids who are more used to the frenetic pace of the Pokemon cartoons (Tee’s latest vice) than the slower-paced story development featured in Pinocchio. It turns out I needn’t have worried. I was surprised by how utterly captivated both my daughters were with the film (after getting confused about the credits at the start of the movie of course).
They had lots of thoughts about Pinocchio’s questionable choices, and were quite disgusted by the boys smoking cigars. “Smoking is dumb, Mommy!” The importance of honesty and consequences of lying are common themes in our house right now, and Tee thought it was very funny when I told her if she didn’t stop lying she might grow a long nose just like Pinocchio. At four years old, Kay did get nervous at a couple of intense scenes like Stromboli locking Pinocchio up in the cage and Monstro the whale chasing after Gepetto and Pinocchio, but she got over it quickly enough.
77 years later, and Pinocchio is still a hit! Pick up your copy of Pinocchio: The Walt Disney Signature Collection on Amazon.
- Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in Pinocchio had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.
- In Walt’s Words – Pinocchio – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of Pinocchio through archival recordings and interviews.
- The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.
- Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.
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