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Hooray for Pinocchio restored

by Carole Langley on 3/10/2009

It was amazing to see the restored version and what an art to be able to do it. It's just beautiful and we all loved it. I just read a new animal trilogy called "Run, Rasputin Run", but so far it's just 3 books and an audio. I think Disney would love to film this lone-wolf story and all his escapades all over the forest.

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Pinocchio

by Ed on 4/22/2009

I liked the video. I had the the original VHS Tape. And I wanted it on DVD instead. By the VHS Tape was only probably played 5 times and still in good condition so I gave it away to somebody.

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Product Overview

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

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Studio Buena Vista Home Entertainment
SKU 209891873
UPC 786936735321
UPC 14 00786936735321
Format DVD
Release Date 3/10/2009
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Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Awards
Oscar (1941) Leigh Harline, et. al., Winner, Best Music, Original Score,Leigh Harline, Ned Washington ("When You Wish Upon a Star"), Winner, Best Music, Original Song
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ReviewSource DVD Town
Review Today's computer graphics produce animations that are crystal clear and three dimensional. But "Pinocchio," released in 1940, remains more beautiful to look at. It's the difference between science and art...Nothing before or since has matched Disney's second full-length animated feature for its style, refinement, detail, and texture. Add to its visual appeal a charming story, endearing characters, and memorable songs and you get one of the most beloved classics of all time. Its appearance on DVD was long overdue, but it was worth the wait; it is the best version of it we have ever had for home viewing...Chief among the film's eye-catching delights are Geppetto's village, gorgeously illustrated like a fine, detailed old painting; the inside of Geppetto's toy shop, with its elaborate clocks and fanciful inventions; and the bottom of the sea, imaginatively realized in the manner of Disney's much later film, "The Little Mermaid"...Songs include everybody's favorite, the Academy Award-winning "When You Wish Upon a Star," plus "Little Wooden Head," "Give a Little Whistle," "Hi Diddle Dee Dee," and "I've Got No Strings." Supporting characters not easily forgotten are Figaro and Cleo; Honest John and Gideon; Stromboli; the evil Coachman; Lampwick; and Monstro the whale...Anyway, as I've said on many occasions before, the film's the thing. And you don't even have to like cartoons to like "Pinocchio." You just have to appreciate good artistry. You'll never see richer, more elegant animation than this.
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Reviewer John J. Puccio
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review In 1940, Disney made its second and third cartoon features, "Fantasia" and "Pinocchio," and they are generally considered to this day to be the best of all the studio's animated films. Perhaps they're so good because they came at just the right time in the development of animation...The early pioneers (Walt Disney and Max Fleischer in particular) found ways to make their characters something more than just drawings on a screen--to make them seem to exist in a world of gravity and dimension. They experimented endlessly with how an animated character should move, finding a new kind of stylized realism that carried conviction without mirroring the real world...The story of the little puppet and his quest to become a real boy is a triumph of storytelling with a moral. Has popular culture ever produced a more unforgettable parable about the dangers of telling a lie? The story is just plain wonderful..."Pinocchio" is a parable for children, and generations have grown up remembering the words "Let your conscience be your guide" and "A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face." The power of the film is generated, I think, because it is really about something. It isn't just a concocted fable or a silly fairy tale, but a narrative with deep archetypal reverberations. ("Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King" share that quality, and so do the scenes involving Dumbo and his mother.)...What the Disney shop did with its first animated features has resonated through film history.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
Platinum Series, DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
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Channel 4 Film A witty, touching, beautifully composed fable with strong biblical undertones.
Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews Can be enjoyed by both the young and old for its fine detailed craftsmanship and pleasing fairytale story.
Frank S. Nugent, The New York Times It still is the best thing Mr. Disney has done and therefore the best cartoon ever made.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide ...[a] brilliant, timeless animated cartoon feature...Technically dazzling, emotionally rich, with unforgettable chracters...A joy, no matter how many times you see it.
Time The charm, humor and loving care with which it treats its inanimate characters puts it in a class by itself.

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