I love sharing books and movies from my childhood with my boys now, and this movie is no exception. Although, I would like to note for the record that "Pinocchio" pre-dates me by several years, as it originally came out in 1940. I suspect I saw it for the first time one Sunday night on "The Wonderful World of Disney," some time in the 70s.
I think we all know the story of the boy made of wood, and his nose that lengthens when he tells a lie. A talented and lonely wood-carver, Geppetto, creates this puppet, who is brought partly to life by the Blue Fairy. To truly become a real boy, Pinocchio must prove himself worthy - brave, loyal and honest. But can he do it? He certainly gets into lots of sticky situations, and is not the most well-behaved boy. The biggest test comes though when he learns his father, Geppetto, has been swallowed by a whale.
Pinocchio has lots of action and laughs, some scarier moments, and great music. This is the film that brought us both "I've Got No Strings" and "When You Wish Upon A Star," for example. And of course this film also introduces us to Jiminy Cricket, Pinocchio's companion and conscience.
"Pinocchio" provides some great lessons about the importance of honesty and good behaviour, so it's a good one to watch and talk about with your kids. And aside from the learning opportunity, it's generally considered to be one of the greates animated films of all time. It won two Academy awards (best original score and best original song for "When You Wish Upon A Star.") It's even been awarded a perfect score on Rotten Tomatoes!
Now you can add this classic film to your library on Digital HD, Blu-ray and/or DVD, as it's been newly released as the latest title in the Walt Disney Signature Collection. You can pick up your copy in all the usual spots (I've included an affiliate link for Amazon.ca if you'd like to order from there), or enter below for a chance to win!
Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, February 19. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!