Just as the Blue Fairy brings life to a little wooden marionette in
this timeless classic, the groundbreaking work of hundreds of animators
sets a cast of delightful characters into amazingly supple, lifelike
motion. Pinocchio, the puppet who must learn to follow his conscience
before he can become a real boy, and his guide, Jiminy Cricket
(wonderfully voiced by Cliff Edwards
who also sings the Oscar-winning "When You Wish Upon a Star"), remain
two of cinema's most endearing figures. And who can forget the gentle
woodcutter, Geppeto; his winsome cat, Figaro; or the wickedly funny
fox, J. Worthington Foulfellow (a dead ringer for John Barrymore)?
Pinocchio's marvelous misadventures take him and Jiminy from an island
of lost boys into the belly of whale.
The spectacular underwater
sequence pioneered techniques used decades later in The Little Mermaid,
has a luminous warmth missing from contemporary computerized animation.
Mingling moments of sweetness and terror, this beautifully realized
fairy tale -- the second of Walt Disney's animated features -- is one
of the crowning achievements in film history.