Pinocchio (1940)

Basic Summary – When the woodworker Geppetto (Christian Rub) sees a falling star, he wishes that the puppet he just finished, Pinocchio (Dickie Jones), could become a real boy. In the night, the Blue Fairy (Evelyn Venable) grants Geppetto’s wish and asks Jiminy Cricket (Cliff Edwards) to serve as the wooden boy’s conscience. But the naive and trusting Pinocchio falls into the clutches of the wicked Honest John (Walter Catlett), who leads him astray to the sinful Pleasure Island.

All he wanted was the become a real boy and Pinocchio is dedicated to fulfill his one desire. Pinocchio is an adorable film full of VERY adult situations and pretty tramatic scenes. Smoking and drinking are not held back here. In addition, child labor is addressed as well. However, one moral of the story is not to lie is very abudant in the story.

I like the idea that every time he lies, his nose grows. The idea of Jimmy Cricket as the conscience is also helpful; however, Jimmy is rarely able to give him advice. Pinocchio mostly learns his lesson through doing the bad action and finding a way out of his problem.

Pinocchio is very appropriate for any child growing up but you have been warned that it is pretty adult in some scenes. But if you can find it, go ahead and relive a bit of childhood.


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