The Carpenter Geppetto builds a marionette and names it Pinocchio. But, on his numerous adventures, the puppet runs into quite a bit of trouble. Fortunately, the tooth fairy comes to help, giving him a raven, an owl and a talking cricket. Pinocchio later finds himself on the Island of Toys and is tranformed into a donkey. After a brave escape, he ends up in the belly of a shark where he saves Geppetto, who was also swallowed by the shark while searching at sea for Pinocchio.
Pinocchio is an absolute feat in color and imagination! The film is not a mere copycat of the 1940 Disney classic, but instead an avenue for further exploring the timeless fable of a boy puppet and his misadventures. Animated like a seamless painting with rich, bold colors as brushstrokes, this film is hard not to marvel at.The retelling of this tale is made all the more interesting in how it does not take one singular event for Pinocchio to learn his lesson. Instead, the filmmakers imagine him cultivating all he has learned—especially in the shape of his mistakes and foolishness—and give back to others, especially his father Geppetto. It is the kind of warm, relatable lesson that families can find comfort in seeing, particularly in a film as beautiful as this. There is a scene in which drinking occurs between characters and is even served to Pinocchio. It is a sequence for parents and younger audiences to be aware of, but otherwise Pinocchio is a wonderful family film, and worthy of our Seal of Approval for Ages 12+.