Walt Disney Studios has announced that they will release Pinocchio onto Blu-ray this January. The film is directed by Norman Ferguson and T. Hee, and stars Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, and Mel Blanc. Walt Disney Studios will bring Pinocchio to Blu-ray on January, 31, 2017.
In the film, a lonely woodcarver, Geppetto, longs for a child, and his wish is partially granted when the Blue Fairy brings his wooden marionette Pinocchio to life. In order to become a real boy, Pinocchio must prove himself worthy. He sets out into the world, accompanied by his “conscience,” Jiminy Cricket. Pinocchio is led astray by the wicked fox J. Worthington Fowlfellow, first to “a life in the theater”- Stromboli’s puppet show – and then to Pleasure Island, where boys behave like (and become!) jackasses (Donkey from Sherk?). Pinocchio redeems himself by saving Geppetto from Monstro, the whale.
Pinocchio was released on February 23, 1940, and grossed over $84.3M at the box office. The film won two Academy Awards; for best original score and best original song “When You Wish Upon a Star.” The Walt Disney Signature Collection release includes hours of classic bonus material and exclusive features including a reinvented rendition of “When You Wish Upon a Star” created and performed by music influencers from Disney’s Maker Studios; never-before-seen artwork from the film’s Pleasure Island sequence; archival recordings of Walt himself during “Pinocchio” production; and a recently restored and scored 1927 short featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Pinocchio is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 surround. Extras include:
- Walt’s Story Meetings: Pleasure Island – The Pleasure Island scene in “Pinocchio” had much more development than what is seen in the film. Join Pixar’s Pete Docter and Disney historian and author J.B. Kaufman as they explore artwork recently discovered in Disney’s animation research library revealing some of the attractions, gags and games, which Disney animators created for this iconic location of the film, that never made it on screen.
- In Walt’s Words – “Pinocchio” – Hear Walt himself discuss the making of “Pinocchio” through archival recordings and interviews.
- The Pinocchio Project: “When You Wish Upon a Star” – Music influencers Alex G, Tanner Patrick and JR Aquino from Disney’s Maker Studios, a global leader in short-form videos, gather in a creative workspace to create their rendition of the film’s signature song, “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and produce a fresh new music video.
- Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in “Poor Papa” – This recently restored and scored 1927 short features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit who gets multiple visits from the stork and is forced to attempt various methods to help stop the onslaught of baby deliveries.
- Classic Bonus Features – These offerings from prior home entertainment releases include hours of bonus material, such as the making of “Pinocchio,” deleted scenes, sing-alongs, storyboards and theatrical trailers.
Theatrical Trailer for Pinocchio courtesy The Walt Disney Signature Collection