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  Pinocchio Review
Tookey's Rating
10 /10
Average Rating
9.73 /10
Voices: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Cliff Edwards
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Directed by: Ben Sharpsteen , Hamilton Luske
Written by: various; music & lyrics by Leigh Harline, Ned Washington, Paul J Smith

Released: 1939
Origin: US
Length: 77

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"The limits of the animated cartoon have been blown so wide open that some of the original wonder of pictures has been restored."
(Otis Ferguson)
"The best thing Mr Disney has ever done and therefore the best cartoon ever made."
(Frank S. Nugent, New York Times)
"A work that gives you almost every possible kind of pleasure to be got from a motion picture."
(Richard Mallett, Punch)
"A triumph... the film is absolutely real. But it is also absolutely fantastic. It is, in fact, genuinely imbued with the atmosphere of a dream. As soon as [it] begins the senses of space, of scale, of time become elastic... It is probably the mixture of strict morality with completely unbridled phantasy which makes [the film]... so completely engrossing. Apart from the awful fairy... and the rather weak figure of the wood-carver, it is crowded with some of Disney's finest characters... But it is Jiminy Cricket who steals the film."
(Basil Wright, Spectator)
"The best cartoon I have ever seen. It had a good motto behind it 'Always distinguish right from wrong' ... Jiminy Cricket... was the funniest character... I liked the part where [he] balanced on Monstro's eyelash... I think the best song was 'When You Wish Upon a Star'."
(Anonymous 11-year-old pupil from Raynes Park County School, Documentary News Letter, 1940)
"The very pinnacle of [Disney's] finest phase... hard, brilliant, satirical wit."
"Not only technically a remarkable improvement on anything [Disney] has provided before, but also an enchanting entertainment... irresistible, because of the constant and ever surprising fancifulness... Every minute provides some new and ingenious detail, exploring the wonderful elasticity of the medium."
(New Statesman)
"[Structurally it] bears a closer relationship to music than it does to drama ... with stylistic echoes created from movement to movement by having either one or both of the two parts begin with an elaborate camera movement ... Collodi's Pinocchio is a Catholic parable of sin and redemption, with the miscreant son achieving a state of grace, by risking his life to rescue his father. Disney's Pinocchio is born into a state of grace, however, and he undergoes no moral transformation in the course of the film... [it is] decidedly more Calvinist in tone, filled with an unrelenting sense of predestination... Pinocchio is the most ravishingly beautiful of animated films, the cartoon raised to a baroque spectacle, as detail is piled on detail."
(William Paul, Movie, 1977)
"The beauty of Pinocchio is that what happens to Pinocchio seems plausible to the average kid - unlike what happens, say, to the Little Mermaid. Kids may not understand falling in love with a prince, but they understand not listening to your father, and being a bad boy, and running away and getting into real trouble."
(Roger Ebert)

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