Today, a new generation gets to embark on a Disney classic, PINOCCHIO, the second animated feature film to come from Walt Disney Studios, arrives on a digitally remastered Blu-ray version of the film. Jam packed with fun bonus features and featurettes about the making of the film PINOCCHIO Blu-Ray has to be in your collection if you’re a Disney fan.
I talked about my visit to The Walt Disney Family Museum in a previous post, where I was able to walk through the special exhibit “The Art of Pinocchio”. Walking through the exhibit gave me a greater appreciation for the film and how revolutionary it was for its time. I think all too often we forget that Disney’s first two films, SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS and PINOCCHIO, both premiered in 1937 and 1940 respectively. The images we see on our flat screen TVs today were groundbreaking at the time of the film’s release.
While the exhibit is no longer at The Walt Disney Family Museum, I’m happy to report that many of the bonus features found on the newly released Blu-ray version of the film are similar to the special exhibit that ran at the museum in 2016. With voice overs from Walt Disney himself, as well as historian and present day Disney animators’ commentary, the bonus features are truly a gem for any Disney fan’s library.
PINOCCHIO Blu-Ray+DVD + Digital HD Bonus Features Include:
The PINOCCHIO Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – You guessed it: A new version of the Academy Award-winning song from the classic film updated with a few of today’s hottest Disney stars. There’s a making-of featurette as well as the music video.
Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – This is very much a behind-the-scene look at the different ideas of the children-turned-into-donkeys scene on Pleasure Island with never before seen artwork that never made it into the finished version of the film.
In Walt’s Words: PINOCCHIO – Through various recordings of Walt Disney, the viewer gets a chance to hear from Disney himself how the classic film was made.
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – Disney’s first animated character Oswald the Rabbit in a short film where storks bring baby bunnies to his family. You know what they say about baby bunnies…
No Strings Attached: The Making of PINOCCHIO – If none of the features I told you about earlier, interests you this one feature is worth your time and money. It’s fascinating to see how PINOCCHIO was put together from concept (did you know that Carlo Collodi’s original character and illustration of “Pinocchio” was too mischievous and not sympathetic enough for Disney and his crew to stay too closely aligned to Collodi’s original writings?) to the film we’ve come to know and love today.