Pinocchio (1940, Commentary) – 7/10 review

Leonard Maltin
Eric Goldberg
J.G. Kaufman

Pinocchio (1940)

Blu-ray: a three-person commentary with interview, archive and concept materials overlaid on screen.

7/10

The biggest problem with doing a commentary for Pinocchio is that the film is too good; you simply can’t pay attention to the commentary because the movie, even when it’s being spoken over and hidden behind information windows, keeps dragging you into it and enveloping you. There’s enough information and insight for the commentary to be consistently interesting – especially from Eric Goldberg – and the concept art and overlaid interview footage is the best way of seeing. Perhaps the most amazing reveal was that the movie was done in just over two years, as opposed to four years for Snow White and most modern animations.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.

Brother Bear (2003, Commentary) – 9/10 review

Rick Moranis: Rutt
Dave Thomas: Tuke

Brother Bear (2003)

DVD: Rutt and Tuke provide commentary for the Brother Bear movie discussing their roles and techniques and giving insight into the production.

9/10

Besting the movie (6/10) by some considerable distance, this is one of the best home video commentaries available. It’s also highly unusual as it’s performed in character by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas as the comic relief moose Rutt and Tuke. It’s always fun, surprisingly educational regarding filmmaking technique and highlights the key story beats and the nature of their presentation. A bit of a treat.

This movie contains violence, unpleasant scenes and the bears aren’t wearing any clothes.

Classified U by BBFC. Universal: Suitable for All.