Walt Disney’s Pinocchio (1940) at nearly eighty years old is still one of the most impressive animated features ever made.
Pinnochio just celebrated its 78th anniversary yesterday. It truly is a masterpiece of storytelling, filmmaking, and animation.
We have wonderful and charismatic characters in Gepetto, Figaro, The Blue Fairy, Pinnochio, Honest John, etc. But I wholly believe Jiminy Cricket is one of the greatest, most iconic animated characters of all time. (He should have Tinkerbell’s job for Disney, as far as I’m concerned.) The storytelling is episodic in nature, yet fantastically witty and funny, but we see growth in everyone through it all.
Not only is it fantastic storytelling, but its a technical marvel as well. There is not a single frame that you couldn’t stop and hang on the wall as a piece of art. My mind is boggled at how some of these things (the underwater and Monstro sequences, carpenter shop, etc.) were painstakingly animated stroke by stroke by a team of animators without the assistance of modern technology.
The movie stands as one of the greatest animated movies of all time, or movies in general.