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Plot, Details & Awards

Pinocchio

(1940)
88min.
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Plot & Details

When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto (Christian Rub) builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. The puppet, named Pinocchio (Dick Jones), is not yet a human boy. He must earn the right to be real by proving that he is brave, truthful, and unselfish. But, even with the help of Jiminy (Cliff Edwards), a cricket who the fairy assigns to be Pinocchio's conscience, the marionette goes astray. He joins a puppet show instead of going to school, he lies instead of telling the truth, and he travels to Pleasure Island instead of going straight home. Yet, when Pinocchio discovers that a whale has swallowed Geppetto, the puppet single-mindedly journeys into the ocean and selflessly risks his life to save his father, thereby displaying that he deserves to be a real boy. Based on a series of stories by 19th century Italian author Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio came under fire for being a sugarcoated version of its original tale, but the film's moral did have a strong educational effect on children. Soon enough, a 16 mm excerpt from the picture, titled "Pinocchio: A Lesson in Honesty," was released for teachers to use in schools.

Awards

Academy Awards

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1940 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Paul J. Smith Won
1940 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Ned Washington Won
1940 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Leigh Harline Won
1940 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Song Leigh Harline Won
1940 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Best Original Score Ned Washington Won

Library of Congress

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1993 Library of Congress U.S. National Film Registry Won

Telluride Film Festival

Year Award CategoryCast & Crew Result
1978 Telluride Film Festival Film Presented Nominated

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