Director: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Bill Roberts
Stars: Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc
Disney became a powerhouse of animation by adapting classic tales for the big screen. With 1940's Pinocchio, the studio brought to life a cherished children's book, and incorporated new elements that have since become essential parts of the story, like Jiminy Cricket.
Though the movie deviates from the source material at points, the changes that the studio did make are timeless, like all the iconic musical numbers ("When You Wish Upon a Star" especially). Just a few years earlier animation was taking its first steps out of the primordial ooze of colorless rough sketches—suddenly here was a full-fledged set piece that would become the theme song of the Disney brand for decades.
Legacy aside, Pinocchio also works as an animated feature with heart and soul. It's emotional, funny, and a little scary, watching Pinocchio struggle to become a real boy. —JS