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Pinocchio was one of my all time favourite stories growing up. I was glad that this was the second film on our list.

“Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based on the Italian children’s novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. It was the second animated feature film produced by Disney, made after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).” Thanks wiki!


Age of film: December 1940

Date Watched: 11th March 2016


  • Picture Quality 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Again, very seamless animation for the time it was made
    • Sara – 7
      • It seems like a huge jump from Snow White, I found in Snow White it was hard to see the details on some of the faces – but the faces and edging in this film were really clear
  • Durability
    • Lincoln – 6
      • I think that most people today can still get something out of the film, not to mention be a little shocked by some of the darker themes it portrays, probably even moreso than by the old horror films from the same era. Give me Hitchcock’s Birds over donkey-polyjuice potion any day!
    • Sara – 4
      • I think it’s aged poorly unfortunately. Being one of my favourite stories growing up, I was almost annoyed how uncomfortable I was watching this. There is no way that this film would be allowed to be made and shown to children now days. Way too nightmarish for me.
  • Songs
    • Lincoln – 6
      • The only song I remember from the film is When You Wish Upon A Star, but it’s a classic, and the other songs were much catchier than those in Snow White.
    • Sara – 4
      • Pretty average songs. Like Lincoln, I can only remember a couple of the songs from the film.
  • Modern Values
    • Lincoln – 6
      • Little boys still misbehave, and strangers are still sometimes a lot scarier than they first appear. The only reason my score isn’t higher is due to the heavy-handed treatment of smoking, drinking and pool in the film, telling us that these things are inherently naughty and will result in bad stuff happening to you.
    • Sara – 5
      • I think as far as having the same values that we have today – it’s probably pretty close. It doesn’t have any racist, sexist, homophobic or classist (etc) remarks  or ideaologies which is good. Now I think about it though.. the only female in the entire film was a fish… The lesson that you get punished when you do the wrong thing is still relevant, although, I do think that in this instance it’s very circumstancial – Pinocchio was literally given no rules or education prior to being sent off to school (with no directions) it’s almost inevitable that such a trusting character ended up going with the bad guys.
  • Would We Show it to the Kids
    • Lincoln – 7
      • While scary, I think the themes are still relevent, so provided I thought the kid was up to it and old enough to handle, I see no harm in learning the lessons the film has to offer.
    • Sara – 7
      • I’d probably show it to older children, but this was way too scary for little kids.
  • Flow/Length 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • My only real beef was the abruptness of Gippetto’s consumption by the whale. They really wasted no time in jumping to that plotpoint!
    • Sara – 5
      • Like Lincoln said, the whale literally came out of no where. It also took us a while to work out the time frame that the film took place over. Some parts of the film dragged on a little bit – like when Pinocchio was looking for the whale and at the start of the film when Jimminy was making himself comfortable in the house.
  • Emotional Attachment
    • Lincoln – 8
      • I found myself laughing when I was meant to, and I felt really bad for Pinocchio when he was getting tricked and hurt. By the end of the film I was glad all the good guys turned out alright. In fact, I’m upset that none of the villains faced any sort of comeuppance.
    • Sara – 7
      • I think the character I had the most emotional attachment to was probably Gippetto because I felt bad for him that he had a son who was then quickly snatched away and then he was all alone in a whale with his cat and fish. I laughed a few times, but i’m not sure if it was because the film was funny or I was nose-laughing at the absurdity of what was happening.
  • Logic/Plot Holes 
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Again, the whale totally came out of nowhere, and I don’t think whales eat whole boats. But hey, there’s talking puppets and foxes and kids getting turned into donkeys and a fairy, so I’ll let it slide.
    • Sara – 5
      • So many. The whale. Why can foxes and a cricket talk but the fish and cat can’t? How come so many boys are at the creepy donkey park thing and no one seems to notice/care that there are huge amounts of citizens disappearing? Why is the first thing that Gippetto thinks to do after getting a son is to send him off to school the very next day? I dunno.
  • General Enjoyment
    • Lincoln – 8
      • I was glad to watch the film after not seeing it for a long time.
    • Sara – 5
      • I think I was too creeped out by the donkey park and a marionette smoking cigars and drinking beer to enjoy it as much as I thought I would.
  • Would We Watch it Again
    • Lincoln – 7
      • Not straight away, but no I would not be sad to watch it again.
    • Sara – 5
      • I probably would/will when I have kidlets so I can show them.
  • Final Comment
    • Lincoln
      • The film had some terrifying themes presented by adorable characters, and I personally loved this juxtaposition. I reckon if Pinocchio were released today, parents would be boycotting the film on behalf of their children. Wimps!
    • Sara
      • I can’t believe that I thought that this was a great film when I was a kid! This certainly isn’t the version I remember. I do like the idea behind it though, it’s unique. Also, I was surprised at how little Pinocchio’s growing nose was featured in the film. Also, why was the whale so scary?

Favourite Character

  • Lincoln – Jimminy Cricket
  • Sara – The fish (Cleo)

Favourite Song

  • Lincoln – When You Wish Upon A Star
  • Sara – When You Wish Upon A Star

Favourite Moment

  • Lincoln – I found it difficult to pinpoint a favourite moment, which is odd considering I quite enjoyed the film as a whole. Soz.
  • Sara – The end when it all turns out okay…

Total Ranking By Lincoln – 69/100

Total Ranking By Sara – 54/100

For questions regarding the ranking system you can read my post on it here.


Bye for now!


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