Pinocchio

Data
Title: Pinocchio
Year: 1940
Length: 88 minutes
Directors: Hamilton Luske & Ben Sharpsteen
Writers: Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner & Aurelius Battaglia; based on the story by Carlo Collodi
Starring: Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones
Music: Leigh Harline, Ned Washington & Frank Churchill (songs); Paul J. Smith (score)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Score and Best Song (“When You Wish Upon a Star”)

My reaction
Synopsis: a puppet comes to life and is given a cricket for a conscience
How I saw it: on video (have on VHS), yesterday
Concept: Great.
Story: Good.
Characters: Good.
Dialog: Great.
Pacing: Indifferent. I wasn’t quite bored, but it felt pretty slow.
Cinematography: Indifferent.
Special effects/design: Indifferent. Individual elements are great, but it looks like everything was assembled from different movies.  It gives the whole movie a disjointed feeling, as different scenes don’t look and feel like they fit into the same story.
Acting: Bad. Edwards’ Jimmy Stewart impression is great, but otherwise the acting is pretty much crap.
Music: Great.
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good). Not bad as far as Disney movies go. Apart from the music (the score in particular is really great), there’s nowhere near the quality of craftsmanship that went into Snow White.
Objective Rating: 2.8/4 (Good).

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