Pinocchio from the 19th century novel, is a puppet who is prone to lying. When he lies his nose grows because lies are as plain as the nose on your face. Geppetto, the wood carver and Pinocchio’s creator becomes attached to the little wooden head and eventually becomes his father when the puppet becomes a real boy.
In 1940, Walt Disney made this story in a full color movie. It was the second feature length animation movie from Walt Disney Studios. This film won two Academy Awards for the movie’s music. The first award was for Best Original Score. The second award was for Jiminy Cricket’s solo, ‘When You Wish Upon a Star.’
The animators used live action film as a guide for their work. At this stage in the development of animation many of the artists were learning about how to create motion with drawings.
Over the period of about 18 months the animators changed the story and created the characters we know and love. These changes to the story were embraced by the audiences in 1940. Walt Disney’s Pinnocchio remains a classic film for family entertainment today.