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Pinocchio (1940). "You boys have had your fun. Now pay for it."

It's everyone's favorite little wooden boy. One of Disney's darker films with some realizations about Jiminy Cricket that completely change our perspective of the world's most famous conscience.


Storyline : Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish for Pinocchio to be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble.

Director: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts and Ben Sharpsteen

Writers: Carlo Collodi, Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner and Aurelius Battaglia

Stars: Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub and Evelyn Venable

Awards: Oscar for Best Music, Original Score and Original Song with "When You Wish Upon a Star."

Film Budget: $2,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross: $121,892,045


This movie has a few noteable songs but we particularly like the Got No Strings number.



  1. Evelyn Venable, who was the physical model and voice of The Blue Fairy, was the model for the original Columbia Studios logo.

  2. Working models for all of Geppetto's cuckoo clocks were built as guides for the animatorss.

  3. Jiminy Cricket required 27 different colors.

  4. When Foulfellow attempts to coax Pinocchio to go to Pleasure Island, he gives him a card with an Ace of Spades on it, calling it his "ticket". In popular myth and folklore, the Ace of Spades is referred to as "The Death Card".

  5. John Musker and Ron Clements would consult on how Pinocchio (1940) achieved its underwater effects when they were in the process of developing The Little Mermaid (1989).



Where to Watch?

Of course this Disney classic is on your favorite streaming service Disney+. If you don't have Disney+ already...hurry up.

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