Film 236 in the “1001 Films to See Before You Die” challenge is 1940’s “Pinocchio”. Based on Carlo Collodi’s novel, “The Adventures of Pinocchio”, this Hamilton Luske animated family film is about a wooden puppet named Pinocchio who is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish”. Sadly, this is the last Disney film left in the challenge and this was a great film to end “the reign of Disney”. And I completely forgot how dark this film got at some points. Especially the scene towards the end involving Monstro the whale. Also, you can tell this is old school Disney when you see cigars and beers. Overall, this was a real fun film to watch and a great reminder of my childhood. I think this was one of the first films I watched in my first year at primary school. This and The Lion King. Fun Fact of the Film – All the lines by Mel Blanc (who would go on to voice Bugs Bunny among many others) were cut except for some hiccups. Back in April 2015, news broke that a live action film was being developed by Disney and written by Peter Hedges who has written 2002’s “About A Boy” and 2007’s “Dan in Real Life”. If you have seen this film or have any thoughts on the potential live action film being made, then let me know what you thought of them in the comments. Here is what I had to say while watching 1940’s “Pinocchio”
Year – 1940
Director – Hamilton Luske
Written by – Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia
Based On – “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi
Staring – Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc
IMDb Rating – 7.5/10
My Rating – 7.5/10
Length – 88 min (1h 28min)
Genre – Animation, Family, Fantasy
We open with “When You Wish Upon A Star”
Hello Mr Cricket
Don’t you hate it when the wind moves a page your reading
Flashback to Jiminy Cricket breaking into a toy shop looking for warmth
Why does someone need that many cuckoo clocks?
Time to finish Pinocchio off
Watch where that hand goes Mister
You don’t like the name Pinocchio cat and fish? HOW DARE YOU?
Just blend in with the surroundings. No one will suspect a thing
9 o’clock already!
Wait? Was that a cuckoo clock of a child being spanked?
“I wonder what time it is” – Wait? You didn’t figure that out from all the clocks you have?
You interupt my sleep to bore me with your stories
That cat sleeps like me
Look! A wishing star!
“I wish that my little Pinocchio be a real boy”
Just crap all over that wish why don’t you Jiminy
How am I meant to sleep with all these clocks and snoring?
INTRUDER!!!! A fairy just broke into the house
The fairy just make Pinocchio real
“Prove yourself to be brave, truthful, and unselfish”
Someone’s falling in love
And Jiminy has lost his rags
Better have a heart to heart with Pinocchio about the real world
Let’s sing about whistling
Great! You just woke everyone up
Again, I didn’t know you could lift a match with the bottom of your foot?
This isn’t real! This is a dream! Wait… This isn’t a dream
I would not want to this guy’s next door neighbour when these clocks go off in the middle of the night
Rule 101 – Never play with fire
And you just polluted the fish tank and made the fish addicted to smoke
Wait… Pinocchio is really going to school?!? He’s only 12 hours old
Stromboli? Isn’t that a pasta base?
Two foxes find Pinocchio and hatch a plan
“The ready road to success…. THEATRE!”
Who cares how your name is spelled? We’re gonna be rich!!!
Jiminy finds Pinocchio and says Honest John is his new helper
Let’s not tell his father about what just happened and see what happened
At Stromboli’s show, Jiminy finds Pinocchio performing on stage
“I’ve got no strings to hold me down….(falls) ” – BOTCHAMANIA!!!
Clearly this show isn’t rehearsed
Pinocchio is a success to the suprise of Jiminy as fans throw money at him
“What does an actor want with a conscious anyway”
No one eats until I return home with Pinocchio
Wait… You have a home? Oh no you don’t
A man that size should not be twerking
Pinocchio has been locked in a birdcage as Jiminy watches on
So that’s what the inside of a lock looks like
For a Disney film, this has some dark elements
That wishing star! It’s back!
Wait… Is his nose getting… bigger?
Pinocchio and Jiminy sneak out of Stromboli’s cart and flee
Meanwhile, Honest John explains everything at an Inn
A Disney film with alcohol? These clearly were different times
An old man tells John that he wants little boys – KIDDY FIDDLER!!!
Oh… He wants to take them to Pleasure Island
NO!!! John has found Pinocchio running through the streets
That looks like many doctor’s notes
John wants to take Pinocchio to Pleasure Island and hands him a ticket in the form of a Ace of Spades (sadly no Motorhead)
Welcome to Pleasure Island
Pinocchio finds a friend in Lampy
Did they really give cigars to kids
All the kids gets locked on Pleasure Island with out them knowing
Why does Lampy remind me of Bugs Bunny?
And now for a lesson in smoking cigars
One puff and Pinocchio has turned green
No real boys play pool!
HOW DARE YOU CALL ME A GRASSHOPPER!
You’ve made your bed, Pinocchio, now your gonna lie in it
Jiminy leaves to find a boat load of donkeys being loaded into crates
The beer and cigars are turning everyone into donkeys!
Again… This film takes a dark turn
Even Pinocchio’s turning into a donkey
We’d better escape by diving into the ocean
Pinocchio returns home to find the toy store empty
“Swallowed by a whale”
Lets find this whale at the bottom of the ocean
Now it looks like Jiminy dropped a load in his pants
And why is every fish following them?
Wait… That stone in Jiminy’s pants has gone
Clearly none of them fish want to deal with Monstro
THAT’S A BIG BITCH!!!
Pinocchio and a lot of tuna get eaten by Monstro
Pinocchio reunites with his father inside Monstro’s stomach
Better explain why I have donkey ears and tail
We’re gonna make Monstro sneeze…. by lighting a fire
They’ve escaped on a raft but they’ve pissed off Monstro
I remember this scene scaring me as a child
Well… There goes the raft
Pinocchio manages to drag his father inside a cave to avoid Monstro
Father, the cat and the goldfish are on dry land… But where’s Pinocchio?
Even Jiminy survived in a bottle
And Pinocchio is… dead?!?
Pinocchio is alive… And a real boy!!!
Let’s celebrate with the cuckoo clocks and a some dancing
Jiminy even gets a badge for everything he did