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100 Facts about Pinocchio

Aloha my wonderful merfolk!

Welcome to the second week of 2017 and the second theme: Pinocchio. This is another film that’s not high at the top of my favourites but it’s one I don’t mind watching. Parts terrified me as a kid and other parts I thought were wonderful.

Like last week, I will start Pinocchio week by sharing 100 facts about the movie. Some I knew and some were interesting new bits of information.

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  1. Originally released on February 23, 1940
  2. Pinocchio cost $2.8 million to make.
  3. This made it one of the most expensive films produced at the time.
  4. Pinocchio was initially expected to cost $500,000 to make.
  5. Pinocchio was theatrically re-released in 1945, 1954, 1962, 1971, 1978, 1984 and 1992.
  6. The movie was based off the book of the same name by Carlo Collodi.
  7. His real name was Carlo Lorenzini who was a heavy drinker and a gambling journalist in the 19th
  8. It is thought he was forced to write the Pinocchio stories to pay off a debt he owed.
  9. Collodi based many of the places in the book on real places.
  10. The Red Lobster Inn and the house used as a model for Gepetto’s house still exist.
  11. Pinocchio is one of the few Disney films where the antagonist receives little to no consequences for their actions
  12. Pleasure Island’s name may have been a play on Treasure Island
  13. Pinocchio is the first Disney film to have a storybook opening.
  14. However, it does not have a storybook closing.
  15. Two books labelled ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and ‘Peter Pan’ are visible in the very first shot of the film.
  16. The original plans for the movie included a lot of characters and plot points from the original novel.
  17. Walt Disney was displeased with the work being done and so, stopped production so there could be a fresh start and there could be a rethink of the concept.
  18. At first Pinocchio looked more like a wooden puppet, but Walt wanted him to look more like a little boy than an emotionless puppet.
  19. Milt Kahl decided to blend human-like motions with puppet-like joints and screws, leading to the Pinocchio design we know now.
  20. It then took 12 artists, 18 month to come up with the final look for Pinocchio that was round and cute enough.
  21. In order to avoid Pinocchio looking like a boy easily deceived, Disney’s story team developed the character of the Cricket, dubbing him Jiminy.
  22. When You Wish upon a Star became a major hit and is now the fanfare of Walt Disney Studios.
  23. Pinocchio won two Academy Awards; Best Song and Best Scoring of a Musical Picture.
  24. This made Pinocchio the first Disney movie to win an Academy Award in a competitive category.
  25. The film was deemed culturally significant by the Library of Congress.
  26. In 1994, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry
  27. Pinocchio has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  28. Pinocchio is seen as a morality tale that teaches children of the benefits of hard work and middle-class values.
  29. Pinocchio was originally a disaster at the box office.
  30. In 1937, Norman Ferguson, an animator at Disney, brought a translated version of the novel into the studios and gave it to Walt Disney.
  31. Pinocchio was originally meant to be released after Bambi but was moved ahead in production due to issues with Bambi.
  32. Ward Kimball was given the job of supervising animator for Jiminy Cricket after threatening to quit Disney after sequences of his were cut from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
  33. Cliff Edwards, who voiced Jiminy Cricket, was the first artist to have a million selling record.
  34. Walt Disney rejected the idea of an adult voicing Pinocchio and insisted it had to be a child.
  35. Animation for Pinocchio began in September of 1938.
  36. Model makers created models of each character as well as items found in the backgrounds of scenes so animators had accurate references.
  37. Like with Snow White, live action sequences were also shot with the actors playing the scenes in order to give references for animators.
  38. The songs in Pinocchio were composed by Leigh Hairline.
  39. Lyrics were written by Ned Washington.
  40. Paul J. Smith composed the incidental music score.
  41. In 1985, Pinocchio became the first Disney animated feature to be released on VHS.
  42. It was released on Disney DVD in 1999.
  43. On April 8th 2015 it was reported that a live action version based on the animated Pinocchio was in the development stage.
  44. Pinocchio’s nose only grows once in the movie yet it’s the first thing people tend to think of when it comes to the titular character.
  45. The movie was originally going to be set around Christmas but Walt Disney did not want a holiday movie.
  46. The puppet made for the film was missing for 50 years until a worker for a phone company found it stuffed into a cabinet in the basement of Walt Disney Studios.
  47. One early version of Pinocchio had him as a lustier version who would have grabbed at the Blue fairy every time she appeared.
  48. Early designs of Jiminy Cricket had him looking like a real bug with bulging eyes and cricket-feelers but Walt thought it was ‘gross’.
  49. Figaro the Cat was Walt’s favourite character.
  50. It was because of this love that Figaro became Minnie Mouse’s pet cat.
  51. In the book, Jiminy Cricket is a minor character and is actually killed by Pinocchio with a mallet.
  52. In the original novel he was simply known as Talking Cricket.
  53. When Walt decided he wanted Jiminy to have a bigger part in the movie, the story team had already completed the script so they had to go back and rework Jiminy into the entire movie.
  54. A song called ‘Honest John’ was cut from the movie.
  55. It was performed by Thurl Ravenscroft and his group The Mellomen.
  56. Thurl Ravenscroft also voiced the roars of Monstro the Whale.
  57. Mel Blanc was originally going to voice Cleo the goldfish and Figaro the kitten
  58. Mel Blanc also voiced Gideon the Cat.
  59. Blanc recorded all of his lines in 16 days.
  60. He received $50 per day for his work.
  61. However, Walt was worried people may think Gideon was constantly drunk so reduced the cats lines to little hiccups.
  62. Mel Blanc was not aware of this change until the movie premiered.
  63. Disney paid for the gravestone of Cliff Edwards who provided the voice of Jiminy Cricket.
  64. The card Pinocchio is given by Honest John before being convinced to go to Pleasure Island is the Ace of Spades which is sometimes known as ‘The Death Card’.
  65. Pinocchio gains a few fingers when he is transformed into his human form.
  66. As a puppet he only has three fingers and a thumb.
  67. Pinocchio’s name is the Tuscan word for pine nut.
  68. It can also be seen to mean ‘little wooden head’.
  69. It took 750 artists to make Pinocchio.
  70. The underwater sequences used an innovative multi-plane camera in order to make them look watery.
  71. Disney won a special achievement Oscar for this technology.
  72. Disney offered his artists a $5 bonus if they came up with a joke that was used in the movie.
  73. In Pinocchio, most of the jokes are in the cuckoo clocks in Gepetto’s work shop.
  74. Gepetto’s pocket watch signals when it’s beer o’clock.
  75. Jiminy Cricket required 27 different colours to create his look.
  76. Before his death in 2014, Dickie Jones was the last person alive who was involved with Pinocchio.
  77. Due to WWII, the movie was not realised in either Germany or Japan until the 1950s.
  78. It is rumoured that Walt Disney tossed 2,300 feet of footage because it missed the feeling he had in his mind,
  79. That represents over five months of work by animators and the story team.
  80. Dance legend Marge Champion was the physical model for the Blue Fairy.
  81. There were around 2,000,000 drawings used to create the film.
  82. Only 300,000 appear in the final print of the movie.
  83. Paolo Lorenzini, Collodi’s nephew, tried to sue Disney for over Americanizing the story.
  84. In 1992, a fully restored version of Pinocchio was released.
  85. This had taken over a year of meticulous restoration which included cleaning and removing scratches from the original negatives, frame by frame.
  86. Leonard Da Vinci’s ‘Mona Lisa’ can be seen in the destruction house at Pleasure Island.
  87. Gustaf Tenggren helped create the European storybook design of the movie.
  88. He left Disney before the movie was completed and so received no credit for his work.
  89. Honest John’s real name is J. Worthington Foulfellow.
  90. Three songs were deleted from the film: Jiminy Cricket, Turn on the Old Music Box and Three Cheers for Anything.
  91. Lampwick is a caricature of Disney animator Fred Moore.
  92. Stromboli’s wagon was a filmed model printed onto cels and painted.
  93. Many characters from Pinocchio are meetable characters at Disney parks.
  94. Pinocchio’s Daring Journey is a ride in Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris.
  95. In the mid-2000s, Disney Toon Studios began development on a sequel to Pinocchio.
  96. When John Lasseter became Chief Creative Officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2006, he cancelled the Pinocchio sequel.
  97. TIME named Pinocchio as one of the best 100 films of the last 80 years.
  98. Keith Booker considers the film to be the most down-to-earth of the classic Disney animated films.
  99. Dickie Jones who voiced Pinocchio also voiced one of the other children on Pleasure Island.
  100. Walter Catlett who voiced Honest John said he based the characterization on two famous acting brothers who’s names began with the letter B.

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