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There are few films that have held up as long as this animated classic. Based on the Carlo Collodi story, the plot involves the adventures of a puppet brought to life, who wishes to become a real boy. With the help of his singing cricket pal Jiminy, he sets out to get his wish. He finds himself in the middle of some true perils, as he becomes the puppet of the Monstrous Stromboli, the unwitting dupe of the sly J. Worthington Foulfellow and the escapee from the belly of Monstro the Whale (which provides a harrowing climax that Disney has rarely reproduced since).

From the opening theme song "When You Wish Upon a Star" to the closing credits, this is a masterpiece of Animated filmaking. The best moments involve the exciting action sequences and some delightful characters (Pinocchio, Geppetto, Jiminy). It's also full of rich, powerful emotion that is perfect for the whole family to enjoy, instead of just one particular audience. Hardly any other film from it's era (save for Gone With the Wind, Citizen Kane and The Wizard of Oz) has lived up to the audience expectations of today.

My Rating = Four Stars

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