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“When you wish upon a star
It makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires will come to you”
One of the most universally known songs from the Disney universe comes from Disney’s Pinocchio. As the second feature film produced by Walt Disney Studios in 1940, Pinocchio literally set the stage for all the magic and culture that was yet to come from animation studio.
Based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian children’s novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio, Disney brought so much magic and inspiration to the screen and continues to inspire and enrich lives. I can’t imagine there is anyone out there who doesn’t know this tale, so I would suspect no matter what I write about, there will be no spoilers here?! But perhaps I assume too much.
I can still recall as a little boy being sat down to watch Pinocchio to teach me about being honest. I wondered if my nose would grow like his… never did. As I now have children of my own, I love to sit down with them and watch this timeless piece of cinema that teaches about honesty, loyalty, the importance of family, and the truth that there is consequences to our actions.
Childhood is filled with awe and imagination. We all believed that we could be anything, do anything, succeed at anything. As we get older we are taught to be cynical, disbelieving and content with mediocrity. Pinocchio is a beautiful reminder of all of our potential and it is the foundation for what makes the message of Disney appealing and great.
If you are looking to inspire your children with the magic of classical Disney, this is one of the greatest Disney films ever made.
The latest bluray is packed, and I don’t use that term lightly, with extras. From several ways to to watch the film, including a sing along and a behind the scenes versions. Hear Walt himself talk about pinocchio as they plan the movie. See the live action reference footage. And the list goes on and on.
As an artist myself, I was so inspired by this film and the Disney universe as a child. And as an adult, the look behind the scenes continues to inspire and motivate me as an artist and as a person.
If you love Disney, if you love film, if you love animation, if you want to inspire the imagination of your children, this film is a must have for you library. Get lost in the hours of extras, curl up on the couch with your kids and feel the magic of:
Here are some great features you can find on the Bluray:
BLU-RAY, DIGITAL HD* & DISNEY MOVIES ANYWHERE:
- 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.
*Bonus features may vary by retailer
“When you wish upon a star!”