Animation / Classic / Family / Fantasy
Directed by Ben Sharpsteen, Hamilton Luske, Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney and Bill Roberts
Mel Blanc as the voice of Donkeys / Gideon (hiccup) / Marionette Soldiers
Don Brodie as the voice of Carnival Barkers
Walter Catlett as the voice of J. Worthington Foulfellow
Marion Darlington as the voice of Birds
Frankie Darro as the voice of Lampwick
Cliff Edwards as the voice of Jiminy Cricket
Dickie Jones as the voice of Pinocchio
Charles Judels as the voice of Stromboli / The Coachman
Jack Mercer as the voice of Rough House Statue
Patricia Page as the voice of Marionettes
Christian Rub as the voice of Geppetto
Evelyn Venable as the voice of The Blue Fairy
The story is about an old wood-carver by the name of Geppetto who creates a wooden doll named Pinocchio. Gepetto wishes for Pinocchio to be a real boy and his wish is granted by the blue fairy. She informs him he can become a real boy if he shows his courage, honesty, and devotion. She sends Jiminy Cricket to be the doll's 'conscience' and to make sure he does not run into any problems. Jiminy has a hard time dealing with his task, for Pinocchio is always running into trouble. He encounters many different situations with different characters, which make up for his adventures.
Jiminy Cricket opens the film up with the classic song “When You Wish Upon a Star”, and explains to the audience that he is going to be telling the tale of a wish come true. He opens up a book, and in a flashback tells the story of a kind old woodcarver, Geppetto, who lives alone with his fish, Cleo, and cat, Figaro. He decides to build a marionette out of pine to be his stand-in son, naming him Pinocchio. One night he wishes upon the evening star that the puppet would become a real boy. While he sleeps, the Blue Fairy comes by and grants Pinocchio life, though he is still a puppet and must prove himself to be brave, honest, and unselfish before he can be turned into a real boy. She assigns Jiminy Cricket to be his conscience and offer guidance.
The next day, Geppetto discovers his wish has come true, and is filled with excitement. He sends his 'son' to school the following day. On Pinocchio’s walk to school that morning, he is confronted by the devious J. Worthington Foulfellow and his accomplice Gideon the cat. He smooth talks Pinocchio into going to master Stromboli’s travelling puppet show, where he sells the wooden boy for money. He becomes the puppeteer’s star attraction – the marionette without strings. Jiminy Cricket, feeling he has failed his job, walks away into the night. Geppetto realizes Pinocchio is missing, and goes out to look for him.
Meanwhile, the puppet master locks Pinocchio into a birdcage when he tries to go home for the night. Jiminy returns to him, but is unable to help him escape. Suddenly the Blue Fairy appears. She questions Pinocchio on his disobedience to Geppetto, but he lies, not wanting to appear naughty for his absence from school. Every time he tells another lie, his nose grows, until it is like the branch of a tree. The Blue Fairy explains that “a lie will keep growing and growing, until it’s as plain as the nose on your face”, and Pinocchio promises to behave better. She returns his nose to normal size and sets him free.
As the puppet walks home, he is stopped once again by Foulfellow, who persuades Pinocchio to go to a magical place where boys can do whatever they please, called Pleasure Island. In reality, he is luring him to an ‘amusement park’ that a coachman paid him to recruit 'stupid little boys' to. Pinocchio sits alongside the other boys on the mysterious coach, and they are soon indulging in beer, billiards, and the cigars that are offered at Pleasure Island. Jiminy addresses Pinocchio about his bad behavior, then walks off. However, the catch of their fun is: since the boys are acting like jackasses, the magic of the island turns them into donkeys, which the coachman will subsequently sell for profit. Jiminy discovers that the boys on the island are turning into donkeys, and manages to help Pinocchio flee while he only has a tail and ears.
Upon their return home, they discover a note from the Blue Fairy explaining that Geppetto has gone to sea to search for his wooden son, and he, along with Figaro and Cleo, has been swallowed up by the whale Monstro. Without a second thought to his safety, Pinocchio jumps to the bottom of the ocean to rescue his father. He is swallowed up by the gigantic whale, and in his belly they have a joyful reunion. To escape they set a fire in Monstro’s belly, causing him to sneeze. Their plan is successful, but the enraged whale destroys their raft. Pinocchio gets his father safely on land, but at the cost of his own life.
Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo dismally walk home, then mourn over the dead puppet’s body. Seeing his selfless sacrifice, the Blue Fairy resurrects Pinocchio and turns him into a real boy as a reward. They all celebrate cheerfully, excited that he is finally in human form. When Jiminy Cricket steps outside to thank her, she gives him a gold badge for his services as Pinocchio’s conscience. Pinocchio trailer