Disney is releasing Pinocchio this week. You know how Disney works. They like to pull many of their movies from retailers and store them in their magical vault. Then they release the titles again many years later. This time around, Disney is releasing Pinocchio in stores. And for the first time ever, Pinocchio is available in Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere. That means you can cut the cord and watch the film anywhere without strings. Cool, right? I also like the digital HD option because I don’t have to find a place to store the film. After a couple of decades of collecting DVDs and Blu-rays, I have run out of space on my bookcase. BTW, I received a movie kit for writing this review. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.
We all know the story of Pinocchio, right? A man makes a wooden puppet. When he sees a star, he makes a wish for his puppet to become a real boy. Half his wish does come true — Pinocchio becomes a wooden boy. He is no longer a puppet. The fairy tells Pinocchio he will become a real boy when he makes the right choices in life. Pinocchio fails miserably at first, but he eventually makes the right choices and is transformed into a real boy.
Disney’s Pinocchio is considered one of the finest Disney features ever made, and one of the greatest animated films of all time. In fact, it has a perfect 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’ve never seen a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes before. That’s impressive.
The Pinocchio combo pack includes the 88-minute movie in Blu-ray, DVD, and digital HD formats. In addition, it includes hours of special features (bonus features may vary by retailer):
- The Pinocchio Project: When You Wish Upon a Star
Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.
- Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island
The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.
- In Walt’s Words – Pinocchio
Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in Poor Papa
This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.
- Classic Bonus Features
These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.
If you already own Pinocchio, you might want to consider purchasing the new version of the animated film. It’s the same movie, but it also includes the digital HD version. As I mentioned previously, digital is good for two reasons. First, you can watch the film almost anywhere. You are not tethered to your TV. There are no strings just like Pinocchio! The other reason I like the digital format is because I don’t have to physically store the film. The disc is small, but over a hundred DVDs/Blu-rays take up a lot of space.
As you can see in the above photo, my kids had a good time watching Pinocchio. My oldest has seen Pinocchio before, but that was a long time ago. This was the first time for my three youngest kids.
You can also see the coolest movie kit I received in the photos on this page. Our kit consisted of a Pinocchio Blu-ray, snack bucket, tablet cover, tablet portable charger, wireless headphones, lunchboxes, water bottles, and a family star registration. All the items are great, but having a star named after our family is awesome. I like to think someone somewhere is looking at our star and making a special wish.