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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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"A compound of imagination and craftsmanship, of beauty and eloquence, which is to be found only in great works of art...[but it] lacks the element of surprise and something of the emotional depth [of Snow White ]. Smaller than its parts... One misses the lyrical parts of Snow White ... and also its stronger central idea."
(Franz Hollering, Nation)
"Picture stresses evil figures and results of wrongdoing more vividly and to a greater extent than Snow White , and at times somewhat overplays these factors for children. This is minor, however."
"To some people the didacticism of the picture may seem a bit overpowering. But how marvellous the invention is throughout! The beginning of the film, it is true, is a little slow. And the setting of the first part of the story, the old woodcarver's house, encourages the quaintness into which Disney sometimes descends rather than the fantasy of which he is so brilliant a master. Geppetto the woodcarver is a stock quaint figure; Disney, who makes his animals such marvellous caricatures of human beings, has not yet found a way to give individuality and life to his human characters... But with his central character he has been much more successful than in Snow White, for Pinocchio, being a puppet, calls for none of the attempts at realism which disfigured much of the first picture. And the second part of the film, when the action moves with growing speed, has a quality of size new in Disney."
(Dilys Powell)
"A rum old mixture of the excellent and the awful. The story itself has the harsh morality and cruelty of Victorian children's literature, but Disney organises his queasy material with some stunning animation of a monster whale thrashing about and much delightful background detail (the candle-holders and clocks in the toymaker's shop). However, one also has to suffer the cavortings of a cute goldfish called Cleo, and several appearances of an odious fairy. Pinocchio, in fact, probably shows Disney's virtues and vices more clearly than any other cartoon. "
(Geoff Brown, Time Out)

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