Pinocchio Movie Review
Scheming foxes. Dastardly villains. Vagrant crickets. The angriest whale since Moby Dick. Yes, it’s Pinocchio, and Disney has just re-released the animated classic on Blu-ray. Given that it’s been at least 25 years since I last watched it as kid—and didn’t remember a dang thing about it—I figured to give it a whirl and see if it stands the test of time.
The short answer: it does.
Pinocchio is beautifully animated, rich with color and detail, and looks terrific on Blu-ray. More importantly, the movie is still entertaining, with a fast-moving plot that drops its wood-nosed character into one precarious situation after the next (including lessons learned by smoking a cigar and blindly following adult strangers).
Pinocchio himself is an idiot—you often want to slap some sense into him, or just light him on fire—but he is only a couple days old when you think about it. But the movie features a wide array of interesting characters, both good and evil, that make for an enjoyable and memorable experience.
The new Blu-ray set includes a Digital HD version (available for the first time) and both old and new bonus features, including recordings of interviews with Walt Disney (not the company, the man), a short film from 1927, and some previously released features.
Pinocchio is one of those Disney movies everyone knows but few talk about these days—so far, there are no plans to make a live-action movie like many of the other Disney classics are getting—but this 1940 classic is worth revisiting and adding to your children’s collection.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.