Pinocchio / Un burattino di nome Pinocchio (1972)

4.0 out of 5

While this seems like one of the weirder Pinocchio films, it has nonetheless been regarded as one of the most faithful film adaptations to Carlo Collodi’s children’s novel, The Adventures of Pinocchio. In both the Italian and English version, Pinocchio is voiced by a female child actress, which along with the puppet’s feminine attire, creates an almost transgender feel to Pinocchio that likely had some of the young viewers confused about his gender in this one.

Considering the cartoon look and its targeted kid audience, several of the darker, even slightly disturbing, scenarios make this a peculiar animated feature that no doubt stuck in the minds of many of the young viewers well into adulthood. It is still very well told, with the happiest ending possible; though the story feels rushed along in a few parts, and the easy escape from the sea monster feels like lazy storytelling. Nonetheless, it will provide an overwhelming amount of nostalgia and enjoyment to any adults whose childhood this film was a part of, and there’s a good chance their kids will enjoy it as well.

Maurizio Merli header graphic courtesy of Paddy O'Neill of Foxyfide Graphics