Share

Watch It

Enter your location to get local movie times + tickets:
On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

Pinocchio Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Disney masterpiece is darker than you may remember.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this Disney classic handily passes the test of time for a beautiful and effective lesson on the perils of doing wrong when you should know better. Some scenes and themes may be intense for younger or sensitive viewers, such as when Pinocchio is kidnapped and caged, threatened with destruction, can't find his father, and/or nearly drowns. They should also be aware that Pinocchio's friend Lampwick introduces him to cigar smoking, but is punished for it. Kids may be disturbed by Pleasure Island, where "bad boys" are turned into donkeys and sent to work in salt mines. But overall this morality tale is a good reminder of the importance of listening to your conscience.

  • Families can talk about what it means to "let your conscience be your guide." How do you tell the difference between right and wrong, and what do you do if you can't figure it out?
  • How are smoking and drinking treated in this movie, and how would this be different if the movie came out today?
  • When Pinocchio is first kidnapped, Jiminy wants to tell Geppetto but worries about being "snitchy." What's the difference between being a tattletale and helping a friend in danger?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Pinocchio learns in the roughest of circumstances what happens to little boys who are not brave, truthful, and unselfish. He is tricked, cheated, lied to, and kidnapped, sometimes with his own consent, as he ignores his conscience as embodied by Jiminy Cricket.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Pinocchio learns the importance of listening to his conscience and always trying to do the right thing. Jiminy Cricket tries his best to be Pinocchio's conscience, to teach Pinocchio right from wrong, and to keep Pinocchio out of harm's way. Geppetto is a kind and selfless man, rewarded for making so many people happy with his cuckoo clocks by being given a real son in the form of Pinocchio.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A character shoots a gun when he thinks an intruder is in his house. Young boys are shown fighting each other and destroying a mansion. Cartoonish violence throughout: Characters fall, run into each other, hit each other in the face. Some scenes and themes may be intense for younger or sensitive viewers, such as when Pinocchio is kidnapped and caged, threatened with destruction, can't find his father, and/or nearly drowns.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Jiminy Cricket places his hand on the rear end of a female statue, realizes what he is doing, and says, "Pardon me...."

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Decades after the film was released, "Pleasure Island" became an adult-themed part of Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Geppetto smokes a pipe in bed. Kids are shown smoking cigars. Pinocchio is shown smoking cigars, but becomes sick after taking too long of a drag. He is also shown drinking beer with another boy and acting intoxicated. Other characters are shown smoking cigars and drinking beer while in a tavern, including a cat who hiccups and looks and acts intoxicated. Stromboli takes lengthy swigs from a bottle of wine. One of Geppetto's cuckoo clocks shows a drunk puppet holding a bottle of alcohol as he lurches during every sounding of the hour, and another cuckoo clock features two men clinking their beer-filled mugs together.

Advertisement