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Pinocchio, a wooden puppet and son of Geppetto, is brought to life by the Blue Fairy. She promises him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself worthy.

But Pinocchio gets led astray by Honest John and Gideon, and he ends up in the hands of Stromboli, an evil puppeteer.

Pinocchio gets sent to Pleasure Island where wicked boys get turned into donkeys. Jiminy Cricket, his friend and conscience, helps him escape, and he redeems himself by saving Geppetto, who has been swallowed by a whale called Monstro.

Pinocchio is turned into a real boy by the Blue Fairy as a reward for his good deed.

87 minutes long.

Release Date

February 7, 1940.

Re-released 1945,1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1984.
Restored version released 1992.
Released to video 1985 & 1993.

Cast List

Directed By:
Ben Sharpsteen
Hamilton S. Luske

Written By:
Aurelius Battaglia
William Cottrell
Otto Englander
Erdman Penner
Joseph Sabo
Ted Sears


Hi Diddle Dee Dee (An Actor's Life For Me)
I've Got No Strings
Give A Little Whistle
When You Wish Upon A Star
Little Wooden Head

Fun Facts

750 artists worked on the film, producing more than 2 million drawings and used some 1,500 shades of paint for the Technicolor production.
The film is based on the serialized stories of journalist Carlo Lorenzini (Collodi), which were written in 1881 for a children's illustrated weekly in Florence, Italy. Two years later, the stories were compiled into a book, "The Adventures Of Pinocchio: Tale Of A Puppet."
In that book, Jiminy Cricket's character didn't have a name, only appeared in a few chapters and was squashed by Pinocchio!
The Blue Fairy was modeled after a dancer called Marjorie Babbitt, and not Marilyn Monroe as many believe.
Jiminy Cricket went on to appear in subsequent Disney films including Fun and Fancy Free.
It cost $2.6 million to make.
The film won an Academy Award® for best score and best song, "When You Wish Upon A Star."
Pinocchio is regarded as the most technically perfect of all Disney's animations.
When he is changed into a real boy, Pinocchio's hands go from having three fingers with white gloves, to four fingers & a thumb without gloves.
This was the first of Disney's feature films to become available on DVD.


The Blue Fairy: A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face.

Pinocchio: I'd rather be smart than be an actor.

The Blue Fairy: Now, remember, Pinocchio, be a good boy. And always let your conscience be your guide.

Pinocchio: Father, what are you crying for?
Geppetto: Because you're dead, Pinocchio.
Pinocchio: No! No, I'm not.
Geppetto: Yes. Yes, you are. Lie down.




DVD & Soundtrack

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DVD Bonus Features

  • Original Theatrical Trailer (1940)
  • Full-Color Character Artwork On Disc


For The Young In Heart Of Every Age !
For anyone who has ever wished upon a star.
Pure enjoyment... with no strings attached. (1984 re-release)


When Pinocchio burns his hand on the candle, it's his left hand, but Gepetto puts his right hand into the water.
On Pleasure Island, during the pool game the yellow 1 ball turns into a red 3 ball.
Stromboli puts a bag of money into his pocket, a few minutes later it's not there anymore.
When Pinocchio becomes entangled with the Russian dancer marionettes, two extra marionettes suddenly appear.

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