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By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Disney masterpiece is darker than you may remember.

Movie G 1940 88 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 36 parent reviews

age 6+


Wow. This movie has not stood the test of time. Very inappropriate content. Child kidnapping and trafficking?! Does anyone care about the kids that were left in cages on Pleasure Island? The story is so peculiar. Wonder what hallucinagenics the writers were using. I told our kids that I hadn't seen this movie since I was a small child. Remembered why after watching it. Kids hated it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
4 people found this helpful.
age 7+

Outdated messages, scenes that could terrify even adults

Underage drinking and smoking. Disturbing scenes like a child being unwillingly transformed into a donkey while having a full-blown panic attack, kicking and screaming for help and for his mom. Children are transformed into donkeys and taken away to salt mines; this is portrayed as justified and what happens to "bad" kids. They don't get rescued and the adults are not punished. Every child is different but parents should be very cautious. I still can't watch this movie as an adult and become distressed just thinking about it.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
3 people found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (36):
Kids say (52):

Seven decades after it first came out, this Disney classic harks back to a time when the stars of animated films were the illustrators, not celebrity voice talent. More recent reissues also include digital restoration of the film's original colors, so that, for instance, scenes of various cuckoo clocks chiming simultaneously in Geppetto's workshop would be reason enough to recommend the film. The soundtrack includes classics such as "When You Wish Upon a Star" and "Give a Little Whistle" that will still be familiar to families today.

But the lessons in Pinocchio also are timeless: The same traits of bravery, honesty, and selflessness that make Pinocchio human are ones we would like our children to possess in adulthood. The downside of ignoring your conscience is rendered in a way that may be uniquely terrifying to children: how indulging in the temptations of Pleasure Island results in separation from family and utter loss of self. Though Jiminy's reassuring presence allows viewers to hope for the puppet boy's rescue, Pinocchio acts as the original Scared Straight experience for the younger set.

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