I always love when #Disney decides to release one of its classic #animated films from the vault. #Pinocchio, Disney's take on the famous Italian tale, has made its way out into the world again. I love this movie, but I also think it's by far the most horrifying film Disney has ever released. Since its first showing in 1943, I can only imagine how many viewers have been traumatized after watching this. Presumably, this film will have the same effect on generations to come, but what was it that made Pinocchio so scary? Here are just three ways the Disney classic gave us nightmares.
We all know that Pinocchio was an impressionable character who was easily swayed to the dark side. In fact, this is how he ended up with Stromboli in the first place. He skips school to become an actor, led there by two buffoons. Where does it get him? Locked into a cage with no money.
Stromboli is the maniac who stole Pinocchio for his traveling show. He forces him to dance and sing with other puppets who have strings. If you watch #TV at all, you may be more familiar with the song, "Got No Strings," from the commercial for Beats wireless headphones.
This song never fails to get stuck in my head, but this scene still creeps me out. I really don't like how loud and aggressive Stromboli is. I can't imagine how scary he must be to a kid.
2. Pleasure Island
This film has no boundaries, proven when Pinocchio and a bunch of kids go to a place called "Pleasure Island." It's here where kids are allowed to misbehave in excess — they are able to smoke, drink, gamble, and vandalize. This is disturbing in its own right, because Pinocchio must be between 8 and 10 years old, but as anybody who has seen the movie will remember, Pleasure Island is a total horror show.
The jackass transformation scene is #creepy as hell. Watching Pinocchio's "friend" Lampwick progressively change into a donkey is beyond messed up. At first, they both have no clue what is going on, but when it starts changing more rapidly and violently, the more frightening it becomes. Lampy is rightfully terrified and screaming for help from both Pinocchio and Jiminy, but it's too late. He has already done too many horrible things to stop the transformation from being complete.
Pinocchio's half transformation isn't pleasant to look at either. He luckily escapes Pleasure Island, thanks to Jiminy, but he doesn't lose the ears and tail. I don't want to know what happened to all the boys who were transformed into donkeys forever.
The whale is the most terrifying part of Pinocchio for me. He has been the cause of a recurring nightmare that I have had since a child. I am afraid to go whale watching because of it. I'm probably really missing out, but it scares me more than Jaws ever did, mainly because of the massive size of the whale.
Of course, Monstro is no ordinary whale and Pinocchio is no ordinary story. It's very lucky that Geppetto, Figaro, and Cleo survived in the whale's mouth like they did. The whale is known for being evil, but Geppetto and Pinocchio purposely irritated him more by starting the fire to get him to sneeze them out. The whale chase is merciless. It is amazing that all, but puppet Pinocchio, survives the repeated drowning and bashes of Monstro.
Pinocchio is a bit of a psychological horror movie that will traumatize new viewers for years to come, but I still would recommend it. It is one of Disney's best films and has wonderful music, plus, the animation has so much attention to detail.
Pinocchio will be released on Blu-ray January 31. It has been released in Digital HD for purchase as of January 10.
What Disney movie do you think has the darkest overtones?