Pinocchio: Walt Disney’s most adult masterpiece

Who hasn’t dreamed of making a wish of a blue star? Among all the Disney classics produced so far, ‘Pinocchio’ is one of the most exceptional. Few films transmit as much innocence and humanity as the wooden child who dreamed of becoming a flesh and blood person. One of the most timeless works of the factory, considered an artistic jewel and innovative with respect to its technical section.

“Pinocchio” is based on the novel “The Adventures of Pinocchio”, published in 1883 by Carlo Collodi. A long time ago, in a village located in the northeast of Italy, an old man carves a wooden puppet care. The Lord, by the name of Geppetto, calls the puppet Pinocchio. Before you sleep, see, in the sky, the Blue Star. Geppetto asks the star to turn the doll into a real child, since his dream was always to be a father. The star fairy grants her the wish and Pinocchio comes alive, but the wooden child will have to learn how to differentiate between good and evil before finally becoming a real child. For this, he will have the help of Jiminy Cricket, who will become his conscience.

One of the best animation films of all time

Pinocchio was Walt Disney’s second animated feature film. Produced shortly after the overwhelming success of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’. With this film, the factory creatives made a project with much greater ambition. “It came at the perfect time, when all the artists and musicians converged with a great artistic leader. That only happens once in a lifetime,” commented writer Brian Sibley.

Really ‘Pinocchio’ was not going to be Walt Disney’s second feature film, but the third. Actually, after ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, the producer wanted his next film to be’ Bambi’, based on Felix Salten’s work. However, due to the film about the Prince of the Forest was very ambitious with respect to the animation of the animals, which had an aesthetic much more naturalistic than the earlier tapes of Disney, the producer is bent first by the adaptation of the fable of Claudio Collodi.

In fact, although the film went into full production in 1938, Disney announced, ahead of time, its desire to adapt ‘Pinocchio’ to the big screen during its trip through Europe in the summer of 1935, two years before the premiere of ‘Snow White’, as revealed by Italian media of the time, as recorded in ‘the Walt Disney Archives: its animated films. 1921 – 1968’ (ISBN: 978-3836563659). According to animator Norman Ferguson, after reading Collodi’s book, “Walt Disney was very excited about his possible adaptation”.

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