Pinocchio was Walt Disney’s second full length animated feature. Using the same filming techniques and much of the same production technology as Snow White, the film secured The Walt Disney Company as North America’s leader in animation.
The story, a blatant morality tale, covers a wooden boy who must learn the difference between right and wrong in order to become “a real boy.” Lying, betrayal and vice all come with physical and often devastating consequences. Stromboli remains one of the cruelest Disney villains to ever see the screen (locking a child in a cold wooden cage and threatening death if he doesn’t make enough money is top-bar villainy even Maleficent would have a hard time matching.)
Pinocchio also introduced the world to one of the most recognizable musical scores ever written: “When You Wish Upon a Star.” The tune even became part of Walt Disney’s open sequence for all subsequent films and is almost synonymous with the Disney brand.