Trivia: Pinocchio

The 1940 animated film:

  • Acclaimed Flop: Its critical success was pretty close to Snow White's and it did well at the American box office. Unfortunately, the film had a large budget and it was released during World War II, meaning it could not get a foreign release, which resulted in it being a box office bomb. It lost RKO tons of money and left Walt Disney depressed. Fortunately, the Reissues did far better.
  • Acting for Two:
    • Charles Judels voices Stromboli and the Coachman. He even gives them different accents — Stromboli has an Italian accent and the Coachman has a British accent (this bit of voice acting also carried over into the movie-themed dark ride at Disneyland, in which both Stromboli and the Coachman were voiced by a former trombonist in the Disneyland marching band).
    • Dickie Jones, the child actor who voiced Pinocchio, also voiced Alexander, the donkey kid who can still talk. Apparently they were going for some sort of symbolism or foreshadowing but it fell apart when the rest of Alexander's scenes were removed.
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Songs:
    • #7, "When You Wish Upon A Star"
  • AFIS 100 Years 100 Cheers: #38
  • AFIS 10 Top 10:
    • #2, Animation
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Famous musician Cliff Edwards (better known as "Ukelele Ike") voicing Jiminy Cricket was probably the first example of this trope in a feature film.
  • Doing It for the Art: The film's production was just as ambitious, if not more so than Snow White. How much work was put into the film? To give an idea, 85,000$, or a fairly large chunk of the films 2,289,247$ budget, was spent on two specialized multiplane camera shots that barely amount to a minute and 30 seconds total on screen! That's close to the budget of two Disney short cartoons!
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • Jiminy Cricket is also known as Jim Crow.
    • Mel Blanc was going to voice Gideon but Walt decided that he should remain a silent character akin to Dopey so all of his lines were cut out and only 3 hiccups that were recorded by Blanc remained in the final cut, though he was still paid for his work. According to Mel Blanc, the voice he used for Gideon was a very inebriated voice, and very similar to the drunk stork used in some later WB shorts, such as "Apes of Wrath".
    • Lampwick would later be known as Robby The Robot.
    • Monstro the Whale was voiced by Tony The Tiger!
  • Ink-Suit Actor: The animators had a hard time coming up with a design for Geppetto, that is until Christian Rub was cast for the role.
  • Nice Character, Mean Actor: Would you believe that the voice of kindly old Geppetto was a Nazi sympathizer?
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Foulfellow and Gideon were supposed to meet Pinocchio a third time, and be caught by the police. Cutting this effectively made them Karma Houdinis.
    • There was to be a Dream Sequence where Geppetto would tell Pinocchio a bedtime story about his grandfather, a mighty pine tree.
    • Originally the donkey Lampwick was supposed to join Pinocchio and Jiminy in their escape from Pleasure Island but he is captured by the Coachman's minions, as he is being carried away he says "Go on without me, it's no use I'm a goner", some storybook adaptations keep the scene.
    • The movie was originally going to take place around Christmas time, which meant that it would also be snowing. Walt Disney nixed the idea because he wanted the movie to be enjoyed year-round.

The 2002 live-action film: