Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"When You Wish Upon a Star"

After revolutionizing animation with the feature-length "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Walt Disney Studios tackled this dark, moralistic fable about a puppet who learns there's more to being "a real boy" than just playing all day. Disney softened the story's hard edges with comic relief and sentimental songs such as "When You Wish Upon a Star," but the movie retains a hard punch that few modern children's films would dare -- outside of maybe “Coraline.” "Pinocchio" is now available on Blu-ray, a format that reveals the movie's painterly layers spectacularly. The disc also includes an appreciative hourlong look back, interactive games and a wonky picture-in-picture commentary track featuring Leonard Maltin and others.

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