I took the time to watch the Blu-ray release of Pinocchio released this week, and, well…to be perfectly honest, I was a little disappointed. That’s not a knock on the film; the disappointment stemmed from a purely superficial reason: I was hoping the movie would look as crisp and gorgeous as Sleeping Beauty’s release did. Alas, it was not meant to be.
A shame, really, because Pinocchio secretly has some of the most beautiful, detailed backgrounds found anywhere in animation, period. This is especially apparent in Geppetto’s workshop, where each shot is full of elaborate hand made toys and clocks with tiny, intricate decorations not even present in half the stuff in the foreground in most other movies. Note that the transfer isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination — it looks really good on my HD set! — but to have it pop out the same way Sleeping Beauty’s backgrounds did was something I was really looking forward to. Ah, well.
[[image: ar_032009_pinocchio_01.jpg:Jiminy still gives the transfer a thumbs up!:center:0]]
Other than that, though, Pinocchio is the same great film about what it means to grow up (including the best allegory for the horrors of puberty ever put on screen) it has always been. I mysef didn’t think I liked it much until I saw it again about five years ago; I now regard it as one of Disney’s best. If you feel the same way and haven’t seen it since you were a kid, definitely give it another shot. You may surprise yourself.