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Disney's 'Pinocchio' Turns 80: A Stroll Down The Memory Lane

Disney's 'Pinocchio' Turns 80: A Stroll Down The Memory Lane

The renowned animated feature currently has a 100 on Rotten Tomatoes and still resonates with its audience.

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Can you believe its already been 80 years since Disney's animated feature Pinocchio first plucked at our heartstrings? Unlike most popular Disney creations that mainly involved princesses and happily ever afters, Pinocchio unapologetically lays bare the reality that is life, warning children that the world is full of malice, horror, and fear. Despite this menacing portrayal of the world, the movie with its consistent and adorable comic relief managed to resonate deep within us. Currently, the film has a 100 on Rotten Tomatoes with critics agreeing that the movie is, "Ambitious, adventurous, and sometimes frightening, Pinocchio arguably represents the pinnacle of Disney's collected works -- it's beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant."

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According to Fox News, the 1940 adaption of Carlo Collodi's novel also won two Oscars, one for the song "When You Wish Upon a Star," and one for the rating. Even to this day, eight decades since the motion picture's launch, people fondly look back at the acclaimed story of a wooden boy who eventually became a real person. Hoping to jog your memory and remind you of the comedy, pathos, and child-like spirit the movie encases here's a rundown (spoilers ahead):

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The film begins with Jiminy Cricket introducing its viewers to an old lonely wood-carver named Geppetto. One fine day Jiminy watches Geppetto create a marionette out of wood and names it Pinocchio. However, before asleep, he wishes upon a star that this puppet would become a real boy. During the dark hours of the night, a Blue Fairy pays a visit to the workshop and grants Pinocchio life. Although he is still a puppet and not a real human being, the Fairy tells him that if he's able to prove himself worthy i.e truthful, selfless, and brave, he would become a real boy and assigns Jiminy Cricket as his conscious. 

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The following day, Geppetto is elated to find that wish had come true but misfortune befalls Pinocchio when he meets Honest John, the Fox on his way to school and gets tricked by him to join Stromboli's puppet show. Soon the puppet realizes his mistake when Stromboli restricts him in a birdcage and doesn't allow him to leave. Right on cue, the Blue fairy comes to his rescue and asks him why he wasn't at school. Despite being urged not to lie, Pinocchio does just that, causing his iconic nose to grow longer. Taking mercy on him, the Fairy restores his nose to the original size and sets him free, warning him that it would be the last time she'll help him. 

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While returning home, Pinocchio is once again distracted by a tempting offer to visit Pleasure Island, an amusement park for boys who misbehave. After reaching the place the puppet engages in all kinds of troublesome behavior along with the other boys present there. At this point, a defeated Jiminy Cricket decided to part ways. Nevertheless, the cricket discovers that the resident boys on the island are doomed to turn into donkeys and would then be used at a circus for amusement. With the help of the Cricket, Pinocchio is able to escape not before sprouting long donkey ears and a tail. 

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When he finally arrives home, Pinocchio is shocked to learn that Geppetto, who had set out to rescue him from the Pleasure Island, was swallowed by a giant whale Monstro. Determined to rescue his father, Pinocchio fearlessly jumps into the sea and gets swallowed by Monstro himself. Finally, Geppetto and the puppet are reunited in the belly of the whale. In an attempt to escape, Pinocchio bravely sets fire to the surrounding items, creating a lot of smoke and forcing the whale to sneeze and let them out. Now, an angry Monstro can be seen chasing them but before he can harm Geppetto, Pinocchio pulls him to safety and dies protecting him. A heartbroken Gepetto mourns the loss of his wooden son. Soon the Blue fairy appears and resurrects the puppet, fixes his tail and turns him into a real boy as he had proved himself to be truthful, brave, and selfless. 

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