Pinocchio Overview:

Pinocchio (1940) was a Animation - Adventure Film directed by Bill Roberts and Jack Kinney and produced by Walt Disney.


Walt Disney's beautiful animated feature (his second) is rich with complex and sympathetic characters, a fascinating story, and dazzling animation artistry. A brilliant piece of filmmaking, based on a story by Collodi about a puppet who is brought to life by a fairy but wants more than anything to become a real boy. Classic children's entertainment, which engages audiences at all levels. The collector's edition includes photos of the animators, early concept drawings and scene paintings, original theatrical trailers, publicity materials, an exclusive commemorative lithograph and booklet, plus a newly remastered compact disc of the film's original soundtrack.

(Source: available at Amazon AMC Classic Movie Companion).


Pinocchio was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1994.

Academy Awards 1940 --- Ceremony Number 13 (source: AMPAS)

Best Music - ScoringLeigh Harline, Paul J. Smith, Ned WashingtonWon
Best Music - SongMusic by Leigh Harline; Lyrics by Ned WashingtonWon

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According to sequence director Jack Kinney, despite casting Christian Rub's role as the voice of Geppetto, he was actually an irascible fellow who drove the animation crew crazy with his ramblings about the glories of Adolf Hitler. They eventually got even with him when they did the live-action shooting for the scene with Geppetto fishing from inside Monstro the whale. Here, they had Rub on a makeshift stage where he pretended to fish while the stage was jostled by some grips who "rocked the boat" to give the desired effect and effectively giving Rub a ride he never forgot.
During the musical number "When You Wish Upon a Star," when a spotlight is seen on Jiminy Cricket, one is able to see two books to the left of the screen, which are "Peter Pan" and "Alice in Wonderland." Walt Disney started developing these two stories for the big screen at the time of this film's release, and they would be released in 1953 and 1951, respectively.
In 1940, Victor Young conducted a four-record 78-RPM Decca album of the songs from "Pinocchio". The album featured three songs eventually deleted from the film before its release: "Jiminy Cricket"; "Turn on the Old Music Box" and "Three Cheers for Anything". Cliff Edwards, who did the voice of Jiminy Cricket in the film, was the only actor from the movie who appeared on the album. Also featured were Julietta Novis (who sang the "Ave Maria" in Disney's Fantasia), The King's Men and The Ken Darby Singers. It is also claimed that around this time, RCA Victor released an album that was supposedly the actual film soundtrack of "Pinocchio", but whether or not it really was the soundtrack has never been confirmed.
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