It’s often very interesting when we look back at old animated films and Pinocchio is no exception. Not only are the movies themselves interesting, there’s just so much history and backstory to go along with them. Most of my family and friends love Pinocchio, but when it was released in 1940, the box office was not so kind. It was Disney’s second animated feature after Snow White, and it was the first animated feature film to win an Academy award in a competitive category. It won not one, but two! It’s wins were for Best Music/Original Score and one for the ever-popular “When You Wish Upon A Star” in the Best Music / Original Song category.
The movie was re-released in 1945 and eventually managed to make a profit for Disney. It was also released again to theaters in 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1984 and 1992! While it seemed to take awhile to gain some popularity, that certainly didn’t stop it from becoming one of the best animated films ever released. That popularity continues to this day as evidenced by the exceedingly rare 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m sure everyone knows the story of the wood-carver Geppetto and the wooden puppet that comes to life with the help of a blue fairy. It’s a film that teaches about the values of hard work and maintains a place in Pop culture with characters represented in recent television series’ such as “Once Upon a Time” and features throughout Disney Theme Parks around the world.
This is the 2nd time Pinocchio has been released to Blu-ray, the first was in 2009 as a Platinum Edition Release. The Signature Edition will be released in a few days (January 31, 2017). I’ll not spend much on the actual story, as I’ve already mentioned, you are probably already well aware of the film itself. Rather, we’ll look at the details of the Blu-ray and the Bonus Features which can be important to these releases.
Here is a detailed list of the Bonus Content:
- Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.
- In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.
- The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.
- Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.
Pinocchio Signature Edition Blu-ray is really a must-have purchase for Disney fans. If you have the previous blu-ray, I’d hold onto it and grab a new copy if for nothing more than the bonus content. If you don’t have a Blu-ray copy of Pinocchio, you’ll definitely want to pick up a copy!
Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.