Pinocchio

Walt Disney’s Classic animated motion picture Pinocchio was released on 7 February 1940 by RKO Pictures. Pinocchio concerns an old Tuscan wood-carver named Geppetto who carves a wooden puppet named Pinocchio. The puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be “brave, truthful, and unselfish” and assigns Jiminy Cricket to be his conscience. However Pinocchio’s path to becoming a real boy is fraught with danger and he encounters many unsavoury characters along the way, who try to tempt him astray.

These include Honest John the Fox and his companion, Gideon the Cat, who despite Jiminy’s objections, convince Pinocchio him to join Stromboli’s puppet show instead of going to school, Pinocchio is very enthusiastic to join Stromboli’s as it sounds much more glamorous and exciting than boring old school. At Stromboli’s he becomes the star attraction performing alongside marionettes of Dutch girls, French can-can girls, and Russian Cossacks. However Jiminy learns Stromboli’s is not as much fun as it looks. Then Honest John and Gideon meet a coachman who promises to pay them big money if they can find foolish little boys for him to take to Pleasure Island.

So Honest John and Gideon convince Pinocchio that he needs a holiday on Pleasure Island where everything is allowed. Whilst on Pleasure Island he befriends Lampwick. However With no rules or authority to stop them, Pinocchio gets in with a bad crowd of Juvenile delinquents who lead him astray and encourage him to start gambling, smoking, getting drunk, and generally running amok, much to Jiminy’s dismay. Meanwhile Jiminy discovers that the so-called pleasures on Pleasure Island are indeed Too Good to be true and that any boy making a jackass of themselves faces a terrible fate.

After discovering the fate of the other boys for himself, Pinocchio finally comes to his senses and escapes with Jiminy’s help. Pinocchio and Jiminy return to Gepetto’s workshop but find it deserted and then learn that Gepetto has been looking for Pinocchio. However he was unfortunately swallowed by a huge whale named Monstro and is now living inside him. So Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket set off on a hazardous mission to rescue Gepetto from the jaws of Monstro and hopefully prove once and for all that he can actually be Brave, truthful and unselfish…

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