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Pinocchio (1940) Review


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Walt Disney doesn't make 'em like this any more. Hell, they didn't make 'em like this for very long at all. Disney's second feature after Snow White, Pinocchio is a scary and perplexing "children's movie." How so? Jiminy Cricket is a voyeur and a womanizer (even of fish). Gepetto builds sadistic cuckoo clocks with women spanking bare-assed children. When inexplicably swallowed by a whale, he even overfishes the whale's belly for all the tuna it swallowed, not realizing his wooden son is in the water. The blue fairy is mean and vindictive. Even the fish Cleo blows smoke rings.

All this to tell a story that if you don't go to school, you'll get kidnapped and (literally) turn into a jackass. Not only is beer and smoking vilified -- so is playing pool. Now I wouldn't want my kids ditching school and smoking all day, but I don't want them to think playing billiards is bad. As for the movie, the animation is so-so and the storyline is bizarre (example: Pinocchio and Jiminy discover Gepetto has been swallowed by a whale when a note magically drops from the sky).

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review


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Some films are beyond cynicism. A real classic influences the hearts and minds of audiences, even generations after its creation. Some classics like The Wizard of Oz hold such value that they become indelibly etched in the minds of every American of every walk of life. Disney's Snow White is another such film that has earned that sort of place in our hearts.

Indeed, without Miss White and her band of little men, Disney's moneymaking empire of full-length animated films might never existed. Films that generation after generation of American children has laughed with and cried over might never have been. But Snow White is more than the grandfather of full-length animated films, it is a genuine classic in its own right.

Continue reading: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review

Pinocchio (1940) Review


OK
Walt Disney doesn't make 'em like this any more. Hell, they didn't make 'em like this for very long at all. Disney's second feature after Snow White, Pinocchio is a scary and perplexing "children's movie." How so? Jiminy Cricket is a voyeur and a womanizer (even of fish). Gepetto builds sadistic cuckoo clocks with women spanking bare-assed children. When inexplicably swallowed by a whale, he even overfishes the whale's belly for all the tuna it swallowed, not realizing his wooden son is in the water. The blue fairy is mean and vindictive. Even the fish Cleo blows smoke rings.

All this to tell a story that if you don't go to school, you'll get kidnapped and (literally) turn into a jackass. Not only is beer and smoking vilified -- so is playing pool. Now I wouldn't want my kids ditching school and smoking all day, but I don't want them to think playing billiards is bad. As for the movie, the animation is so-so and the storyline is bizarre (example: Pinocchio and Jiminy discover Gepetto has been swallowed by a whale when a note magically drops from the sky).

Continue reading: Pinocchio (1940) Review

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review


Essential
Some films are beyond cynicism. A real classic influences the hearts and minds of audiences, even generations after its creation. Some classics like The Wizard of Oz hold such value that they become indelibly etched in the minds of every American of every walk of life. Disney's Snow White is another such film that has earned that sort of place in our hearts.

Indeed, without Miss White and her band of little men, Disney's moneymaking empire of full-length animated films might never existed. Films that generation after generation of American children has laughed with and cried over might never have been. But Snow White is more than the grandfather of full-length animated films, it is a genuine classic in its own right.

Continue reading: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Review

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