The 1940 animated classic was Disney’s second feature on the heels of Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs. The tale, based on the Italian children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, is grounded in morality – honesty, integrity, hard work and values. Pinocchio also utilized new technology to reward audiences with dramatic new animation effects, giving realistic movement to vehicles and movements to natural elements such as rain, lightning, snow, smoke, shadows and water. Despite two Academy Awards for Best Music and Original Score, upon its original release it was a box office failure, and didn’t turn a profit until its 1945 re-release. Today, however, Pinocchio is considered by many to be one of Disney’s finest work – still popular today – and integrated within the fabric of Americana.
Fun Fact: Pinocchio was the first Disney feature available on DVD.