PINOCCHIO
1940, Disney, 88 min, USA, Dir: Hamilton Luske, Ben Sharpsteen

Walt Disney’s follow-up to SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS represented a quantum leap in animation technique, and is seen by some as the studio’s summit achievement. When woodworker Geppetto longs for a son, his puppet Pinocchio is magically brought to life. Pinocchio must prove himself “brave, truthful and unselfish” to become a real boy, but he faces temptation at every turn, despite the advice of surrogate conscience Jiminy Cricket. Oscar winner for Best Original Score and Song (the immortal “When You Wish Upon a Star”).


SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
1937, Disney, 83 min, USA, Dir: William Cottrell, David Hand, Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen

Walt Disney received eight honorary Oscar statuettes - one regular-sized, and seven petite - for this delightful classic, the first animated feature produced in the United States and the first production by Disney’s studio. Having been spared by a huntsman sent to deliver her heart to the vain and wicked Queen, Snow White befriends seven forest dwarves (Doc, Grumpy, Happy, Sleepy, Bashful, Sneezy and Dopey!), who must come to her rescue when she is put under a sleeping enchantment via poisoned apple. A masterful film with both childlike wonder and genuine frights, SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS was named the “Greatest Animated Film of All Time” by the American Film Institute.


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