Norm Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen (U.S., 1940)
John Musker selected this early Disney masterpiece, featuring a wooden puppet who longs to become a boy. “Pinocchio is one of the first Disney animated features I saw, and still one of my favorites. I fondly remember seeing it as a kid at the Mercury Theatre in Chicago in 1962 on one of its periodic rereleases. It is one of the very best films Disney ever made. It overflows with heartfelt and beautifully drawn animation, dramatic staging and gorgeously painted backgrounds that drip with atmosphere. The story is told with warmth, winning characters, and wonderful songs, Pinocchio still shines like the evening star. And Jiminy Cricket remains my favorite Disney character” (John Musker).
• Written by Ted Sears, Otto Englander, Webb Smith, William Cottrell, Joseph Sabo, Erdman Penner, Aurelius Battaglia, Bill Peet from a story by Carlo Collodi. Voices by Christian Rub, Cliff Edwards, Dickie Jones. (88 mins, Color, 35mm, From Disney Enterprises, Inc.)