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Library Film Series Features Pinocchio

Pinocchio is a 1940 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi.  It was the second animated feature film by Disney after the success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937).

The plot involves an old wood-carver named Geppetto who creates a wooden puppet named Pinocchio.  The puppet is brought to life by a blue fairy, who informs him that he can become a real boy if he proves himself to be "brave, truthful, and unselfish".  Pinocchio's efforts to become a real boy involve encounters with a host of unsavory characters.  The film was a groundbreaking achievement in the area of effects animation, giving realistic movement to vehicles, machinery and natural elements such as rain, lightning, smoke, shadows, and water.

Critical analysis of Pinocchio identifies it as a simple morality tale that teaches children of the benefits of hard work and middle-class values.  It became the first animated feature to win an Academy Award for the song "When You Wish Upon A Star."  It is considered one of the greatest animated films ever made.  The film and characters are still prevalent in popular culture. 

Join us Thursday August 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Ryan Carpe will be leading a brief discussion after the movie. This is an adult program and the discussion will be on the adult level.  As always, there will be free theater popcorn, candy, coffee, and Jones Soda.  We hope to see you there!


 
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