I remember this one because way back then, they used to have Double Features. You could go for a day of movies. The first time we went to see Disney movies featured Pinocchio, a Pecos Bill short and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I remember we would dress up and head to the movie theater. It was such a treat because it was really the only time we got sodas and popcorn. If we were extra good, we would get a sweet treat as well. It was heaven.
I loved Pinocchio. I loved all Disney movies but this one hold s a special place in my heart. If you don't know the story of Pinocchio here is the run down. A woodcarver, Geppetto, makes a puppet who he wishes was a real boy. When the Blue Fairy comes to give Pinocchio life, he has to prove himself before he can actually become a real boy.
The fairy appoints Jiminy Cricket as Pinocchio's conscience. When Pinocchio goes to school, things go wrong. Pinocchio is tested. He gets conned and then gets kidnapped. He also lies and smokes and becomes a bad boy. When the fairy gives him another chance Pinocchio is tested and he has to show bravery, loyalty and honesty. I won't give away much more because you should watch the movie!
But I have to say that watching this movie over 40 years later made me feel like a kid again. There were parts of the story I had forgotten. But it is still such a wonderful story and a beautifully animated movie. It was more special because I traveled to the the Walt Disney Family Museum and was able to experience the Pinocchio exhibit.
There are scary parts. There are joyful parts and there is always a lesson about love and courage. I love this movie. Pinocchio is available on Blu-ray™ and DVD on Jan. 31.
BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:
• Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.
• In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.
• The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.
• Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.
• Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.