Pinocchio (1940)

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Film data
of German titles: Pinocchio
original title: Pinocchio
production country: The USA
feature year: 1940
length (PAL - DVD): 83 minutes
of source language: English
age release: FSK o. A.
direction: Hamilton Luske,
Ben Sharpsteen
film script: various
production: Roll Disney
music: Leigh Harline,
Paul J. Smith
(see voices)

Pinocchio is the second Zeichentrickfilm that of roll DisneyStudios from the year 1940, which refers to history the wondrous adventures Pinocchios of Carlo Collodi. He celebrated to 7. February 1940 premiere and placed itself as a successor of the very successful first work of producer rolls Disney Schneewittchen and the seven dwarves of a large challenge.

1994 were taken up this film to national film the Registry, in which are registered as particularly receive-worth valid US films.

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inventors Gepetto is proud on itself. Its new doll pleases him extraordinarily and before it puts to sleep with its cat Figaro, it has only a most ardent desire. It wishes itself, its doll Pinocchio a genuine boy may be and actually appears in the night a blue Fee and transforms Pinocchio into a correct boy on the next morning. With it Jiminy cricket, to which from then on Pinocchios represents “good conscience”, is coincidental.

When Gepetto awakes on the next morning, he hardly trusts his eyes. Obligation-consciously it becomes clear it that Pinocchio must go to Pinocchio to the school and together with Jiminy cricket makes themselves on the way. But on that first dangers lurk, because a behind-cunning fox wants to sell Pinocchio immediately to the puppet theatre of Stromboli. Pinocchio can be persuaded thoughtlessly and even by the stout-heartet intervention of Jiminy cricket can it not be stopped. He becomes the star in the puppet theatre, but so that him its new gold donkey does not entwischt, Stromboli Pinocchio closes after the conception into a cage.

Meanwhile Gepetto makes itself at home enormous concerns. He builds himself a boat and makes themselves on the search for its boy. When Pinocchio of it experiences, he decides to look immediately for sinem father, but he sees only, how Gepetto behind a wave disappears. Pinocchio is now destroyed at the soil and it promises to never do again something indecent.

But already at the next opportunity will Pinocchio backdue and promises a school fellow to come with it into a country in which there are only children and do to everyone and leave can which it wants. But after some months all children transform into donkeys and Pinoccio check up the disadvantages of a people existence. It develops the desire to be again a normal doll. After it created that, Pinocchio makes itself up and away and looked everywhere for the dear, old Gepetto, on which Pinoccio had never heard.


In the belly of the Wales it meets finally its father again and by inducing the whale to the breathing-in, the two become released. From now on Pinocchio decides to be finally a good boy and go each day duly into the school. History ends with the fact that Pinocchio of a daily wakes up and immediately noticed that somewhat is not correct. It had become again a correct boy.


Original speaker rolls German speakers (1951) German speakers (1973)
to Pinocchio Dickie Jones Karl Heinz gives olive Rohrbeck
Jiminy cricket Cliff Edward George Thomalla George Thomalla
Geppetto Christian Rub walter Werner Klaus W. Ruffle
honest John walter Catlett Alfred Balthoff Harald Juhnke
Stromboli Charles Judels George Thomalla Fritz Tillmann
the blue Fee Evelyn Venable Friedel shoemaker Almut Eggert
Lampwick Frankie Darro refuge book wood Stefan Sczodrok
Kutscher Charles Judels Konrad Wagner Franz Nicklisch

it exist to two German synchronous versions. The German original version developed on the occasion of the German first performance 1951 in the rental business of the German RKO, Frankfurt/Main. The second synchronisation developed for the reperformance 1973 in the rental business of the Fox MGM with Simoton film GmbH, Berlin (direction, book and song texts: Heinrich Riethmüller). In the second synchronisation the dark and frightening character of the film was weakened clearly, watered in particular also in the music and noise mixture and arranged “child-fairer”. George Thomalla spoke “Jiminy cricket” both in the synchronisation of 1951 and in the revised version of 1973 - therefore both versions are brought often in disorder and confounded with one another. The Clou of the old version lay in the fact that George Thomalla spoke the “Stromboli” here with maliciously adjusted voice additionally also. In the revised version of 1973 however the part of the “Stromboli” was transferred by Fritz Tillmann. In the version of 1951 the main song “When you wipe left upon A star” in the English original. Karl Heinz give, which borrowed “Pinocchio” 1951 both the speech and the singing voice, was also the German voice of “Klopfer” in the first German Bambi - synchronisation (1950). Olive Rohrbeck borrowed “Pinocchio” into the Neusynchro of 1973 only the speech voice; the singing voice took over somebody else. The version from 1951 pulled no more for the 70's officially from traffic and may not be used. All VIDEO HOME SYSTEM and DVD publications contain only the second, soft-rinsed synchronisation of 1973.


  • in the case of its production Pinocchio strictly of roll Disney supervised. Thus he required to work from his coworkers more precisely, than after half of the production time enormous sums had been already devoured at money and time. So one can call today hardly a subrange of the film, with which any deficiency or like could be discovered.
  • A sophistiated characteristic of the film is the employment of a multi-plan camera, with which the individual space dimensions of the scenery were defined through film-technically actually only by genuine analog cameras given sharp/indistinct demarcation. Thus an impressing depth develops. By the employment to this technology Pinocchio was promoted to one of the most expensive films of the time at that time.


  • 1941 - OSCAR for the best film music for Leigh Harline, Paul J. Smith and Ned Washington
  • 1941 - OSCAR for Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for the best Song (“When You wipe Upon A star”)
  • 1989 - ASCAP film and Television music Award for Leigh Harline and Ned Washington for the best Song (“When You wipe Upon A star”)
  • 1994 - admission into national film the Registry


  • after Schneewittchen and the seven dwarves could rolls Disney its second evening-filling Zeichentrickfilm after own conceptions to completely realize. Collodis moral Initiationsgeschichte of the “wooden rascal” is told with visual Fantasie, joke and musi potashty. In a cascade of rhythms, tones and colors, which change themselves with the tendency, a successful surprise follows after the other one. One of the love-worthiest creations of the category of large formal unanimity. Already the opening sequence, which leads apparently into the inside of a picture (ent), determines the Suggestionskraft of the film, which achieves occasionally oppressing intensity. - Encyclopedia of the international film

of songs

  • “When You wipe Upon A star” - Jiminy cricket
  • “Little Wooden Head” - Geppetto
  • “Give A Little Whistle” - Jiminy cricket & Pinocchio
  • “rear-Diddle-DTE-DTE” - honest John
  • “I've Got NO stringer” - Pinocchio
  • “click-click” - Pinocchio



  • Pinocchio (Special edition). Roll Disney Home video 2003

sound TRACKs

  • roll Disney's Pinocchio. Original Motion Picture sound TRACK. Roll Disney record, Burbank 1995, No. N 7023900
  • roll Disney's Pinocchio. German original admission. Roll Disney records 2002, No. 0927443652


  • Carlo Collodi: Pinocchios adventure. The history of a wood doll (OT: Le avventure di Pinocchio). Island, Frankfurt/Main and Leipzig 2003, ISBN 3-458-34579-5

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