In 1940, Walt Disney released his second feature film: Pinocchio, based on Carlo Collodi’s 1883 Italian children’s novel. The film was groundbreaking: from achievements in animation and sound effects to establishing a pattern for Disney filmmaking that survives to this day. It was the first animated feature to win a competitive Academy Award (in fact, it won two) and is now considered one of the finest Disney films ever made, even earning a place on the roster of the National Film Registry. This lavishly illustrated book’s in-depth exploration also includes a foreword by John Canemaker and a special chapter by noted film scholar Russell Merritt.
About the author
J.B. Kaufman is an author and film historian who has published extensively on topics including Disney animation and American silent film. He is the author of The Fairest One of All, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: The Art and Creation of Walt Disney’s Classic Animated Film, South of the Border with Disney, and coauthor, with Russell Merritt, of Walt in Wonderland: The Silent Films of Walt Disney (winner of the Kraszna-Krausz Award and the Society for Animation Studies’ Norman McLaren-Evelyn Lambart Award, and chosen by The New York Times as a Notable Book of the Year), and Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies. He has also been a regular contributor to the Griffith Project at Le Giornate del Cinema Muto, the distinguished annual silent-film festival in Pordenone, Italy, and speaks frequently on Disney, silent film history, and related topics.