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Pinocchio (1940)

Rating:G
Genre:Animation, Family, SciFi/Fantasy
Release Date:February 9, 1940
Running time:88 minutes
Cast:Mel Blanc, Don Brodie, Walter Catlett, Frankie Darro, Cliff Edwards
Director:Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen
Producer:Walt Disney
Writer:Aurelius Battaglia, Carlo Collodi, William Cottrell, Otto Englander, Erdman Penner
Distributor:RKO

Description: When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish. But, even with the help of Jiminy (Cliff Edwards), a cricket who the fairy assigns to be Pinocchio's conscience, the marionette goes astray. He joins a puppet show instead of going to school, he lies instead of telling the truth, and he travels to Pleasure Island instead of going straight home. Yet, when Pinocchio discovers that a whale has swallowed Geppetto, the puppet single-mindedly journeys into the ocean and selflessly risks his life to save his father, thereby displaying that he deserves to be a real boy. Based on a series of stories by 19th century Italian author Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio came under fire for being a sugarcoated version of its original tale, but the film's moral did have a strong educational effect on children. Soon enough, a 16 mm excerpt from the picture, titled Pinocchio: A Lesson in Honesty, was released for teachers to use in schools.~ Aubry Anne D'Arminio, All Movie Guide

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