Pinocchio: Gepetto Teaches Some Tough Lessons
Following the smash hit that was "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Walt Disney turned his attention to another classic fairy tale, "Pinocchio" (1940). It was adapted from Carlo Collodi's "The Adventures of Pinocchio," and released by RKO on February 7, 1940. As usual in those days, everything at Disney was done by committee, so there are seven directors credited (Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts and Ben Sharpsteen) and seven screenplay adapters: Ted Sears; Otto Englander; Webb Smith; William Cottrell; Joseph Sabo; Erdman Penner; and Aurelius Battaglia. Clearly, after "Snow White," Walt thought that seven was his lucky number.
|The kindly old Gepetto hard at work|
|Somebody else is pulling the strings - at least at first|
|Dance for me. Dance!|
|Doesn't Pinocchio look so innocent?|
|"When you wish upon a star"|
This obviously is a much darker tale than "Snow White," and even frightening in some ways. Many parents did not want their children to see it for that reason. The box office was below expectations. It took years to recoup the film's cost, especially in light of the closure of many foreign markets due to World War II. Reviews, however, were positive due to the wonderful effects animation of background items, and, over time and after multiple re-releases, the film became a financial bonanza.
|A common theme in early Disney is innocents taken in by swindlers|
|We should all have a second chance in life|
|Hide your head in shame!|
|Jiminy Cricket is always a favorite|