Pinocchio scarred the hell out of me as a child, just as Walt probably desired. Much of children's entertainment attempts to teach or reinforce morality, with various degrees of subtlety. This movie eschews any sense of subtlety by being a straight ahead morality tale complete with a third act trial of redemption. That's not to say the film suffers for it, the direct approach is quite effective in Pinocchio. Pinocchio's choices end up feeling that much more precious and crucial when thrown up against such monolithic forces of temptation. My only story complaint lies with Jiminy Cricket. Jiminy Cricket proves to be a good narrator, but his tendency to continue talking after having making his warning clear can be a bit annoying. They should have trusted the animation to tell more of the story.
This movie also benefits from incredibly fluid and active character animation that boarders on the uncanny. It's unfortunate that The Blue Fairy was so obviously rotoscoped, the rest of the human character animation still looks great. The effects animation was a great leap forward and still holds up great. The background art doesn't look as lush or detailed as Snow White's, though that could be because comparing a 19 year old VHS to Blu-ray is folly. (Seeing a preview for Aladdin that starts off by bragging about last year's Beauty and the Beast was incredibly fun.)
- 1 part Creme de cacao
- 1 part Creme de menthe
- 1 part Cream
(I apologize for how long it has taken to get this out. Working 8 to 5 drains me of motivation to sit down to write anything longer than a tweet. I need to get better about that.)