1940, Hamilton Luske and Ben Sharpsteen, USA, 88 min. With Dickie Jones, Cliff Edwards.
- Tue, Sep 12th 6:00pm
"Was there ever a scarier, more exciting animated feature than PINOCCHIO?...The movie is genuinely exciting and romantic, great to look at, and timeless." — Roger Ebert
Disney's second animated feature did not match the commercial success of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS, but many now consider it to be the peak production of Disney's golden period, as well as the one that left the most indelible impression on the minds of the children who saw it. Based loosely on Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel, the story's motivating event of a lonely woodworker who wishes that his marionette could become a living boy is often read as an allegory for the Promethean art of animation itself. Like many memorable fairy tales, PINOCCHIO is at times frightening and even a bit kinky, as the naïve puppet-boy is initiated into a deceitful world filled with alluring temptations and fearful punishments. 35mm print courtesy of The Walt Disney Company. (MR)
Tuesday, September 12: Lecture by film historian Donald Crafton, Professor Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame.