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Pinocchio

posted by Nell Minow
A+
Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:G
Profanity:None
Nudity/Sex:None
Alcohol/Drugs:Children smoke cigars
Violence/Scariness:Tense and scary scenes including characters being swallowed by a whale and apparent death
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:1940
DVD Release Date:March 10, 2009
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: G
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: None
Alcohol/Drugs: Children smoke cigars
Violence/Scariness: Tense and scary scenes including characters being swallowed by a whale and apparent death
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: 1940
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009

This week Disney is releasing a glorious new edition of its most most gorgeous, splendid, and fully realized of all of its animation classics, the high point of painstakingly hand-painted animation, before the use of photocopiers and computers. Every detail is brilliantly executed, from the intricate clocks in Gepetto’s workshop to the foam on the waves as Monstro thrashes the water. It also has one of Disney’s finest scores, featuring “When You Wish Upon a Star,” which has become the Disney theme song. “I’ve Got No Strings,” “Give a Little Whistle,” and “An Actor’s Life for Me” are also memorable.

“Pinocchio” is a natural for the first discussions with kids about telling the truth (especially admitting a mistake) and not talking to strangers. Talk to them, too, about how to find their own conscience and listen to it as if it were Jiminy Cricket. The trip to Pleasure Island may also lead to a discussion of why things that feel like fun may be harmful, and the difference between fun and happiness.

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  • jestrfyl

    The artwork in this one film is absolutely astounding. Looking at individual cells or the background mattes is like looking at master paintings and still lifes. The story is fun, Pleasure Island is great, and Monstro the whale is incredible. But if you get a chance pay attention not to the characters and action and look as best you can at what is behind them. Disney created a true master work of animation and art in this movie. I am awed every time I watch it.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    I agree! Every painting is a masterpiece. I really love this film.

  • iorek

    Great choice. The famous illustrator Frank Frazetta said this was his favorite of all the Disney movies– a real masterpiece.

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