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Pinocchio (1940)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Pinocchio (1940)

Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Mood:night
Locations:italy, sea, boat
Characters:boy
Period:1880s
Story:jiminy cricket, pinocchio, conscience, fairy, blowing one's nose, marionette, anthropomorphic fox, talking fox, wish fulfillment, wishing on a star, based on fairy tale, star, puppet theater, pet fish, fairy tale, puppet, magic wand, young boy, cat, splashing water on one's face

The Little Mermaid (1989)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

The Little Mermaid (1989)

In Disney's beguiling animated romp, rebellious 16-year-old mermaid Ariel is fascinated with life on land. On one of her visits to the surface, which are forbidden by her controlling father, King Triton, she falls for a human prince. Determined to be with her new love, Ariel makes a dangerous deal with the sea witch Ursula to become human for three days. But when plans go awry for the star-crossed lovers, the king must make the ultimate sacrifice for his daughter. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:sea, boat
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, carriage, disney, smoke, wish, star, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, 19th century, transformation, fish, mirror, fire, singing, title spoken by character

Labyrinth (1986)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Labyrinth (1986)

The teenager Sarah is forced by her father and her stepmother to babysit her baby brother Toby while they are outside home. Toby does not stop crying and Sarah wishes that her brother be taken by the Goblin King. Out of the blue, Toby stops crying and when Sarah looks for him in the cradle, she learns that he wish was granted and the Goblin King Jarethhas taken him to his castle in the Goblin City in the middle of a labyrinth. Sarah repents an asks Jareth to give Toby back; but the Goblin King tells that she has to rescue her brother before midnight, otherwise Toby will be turned into a goblin. Soon Sarah teams up with the coward goblin Hoggle, the beast Ludo and the knight Didymus and his dog Ambrosius in her journey. Will they rescue Toby in time? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:wish fulfillment, child, snoring, metamorphosis, wish, fairy, lifting someone into the air, puppet, transformation, crying, candle, book, cat, mirror, rain, fire, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, one word title

Alice In Wonderland (1951)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. He scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:sea
Story:fairy tale, altered version of studio logo, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, 2d animation, umbrella, 19th century, transformation, underwater scene, fish, cat, crying, fire, singing, title spoken by character, character name in title, based on novel

The Jungle Book (1967) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Musical

The Jungle Book (1967)

Abandoned after an accident, baby Mowgli is taken and raised by a family of wolves. As the boy grows older, the wise panther Bagheera realizes he must be returned to his own kind in the nearby man-village. Baloo the bear however thinks differently taking the young Mowgli under his wing and teaching that living in the jungle is the best life there is. Bagheera realizes that Mowgli is in danger, particularly from Shere Khan the tiger who hates all people. When Baloo finally comes around, Mowgli runs off into the jungle where he survives a second encounter with Kaa the snake and finally, with Shere Khan. It's the sight of a pretty girl however that gets Mowgli to go the nearby man-village. (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:young boy, storybook in opening shot, famous score, disney, faked death, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, 19th century, book, rain, fire, dancing, based on novel

Shrek (2001)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek (2001)

When a green ogre named Shrek discovers his swamp has been 'swamped' with all sorts of fairytale creatures by the scheming Lord Farquaad, Shrek sets out with a very loud donkey by his side to 'persuade' Farquaad to give Shrek his swamp back. Instead, a deal is made. Farquaad, who wants to become the King, sends Shrek to rescue Princess Fiona, who is awaiting her true love in a tower guarded by a fire-breathing dragon. But once they head back with Fiona, it starts to become apparent that not only does Shrek, an ugly ogre, begin to fall in love with the lovely princess, but Fiona is also hiding a huge secret. This is why Shrek (2001) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:fairy tale, donkey, fairy, storybook in opening shot, altered version of studio logo, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, transformation, beer, mirror, fire, title spoken by character, character name in title

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

After a beautiful princess, Aurora, is born in to royalty everyone gathers to exchange gifts. Everything is perfectly fine until an unwanted guest appears, Maleficent. Magnificent casts a spell on the young princess and announces that she will die by pricking her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel on the evening of her 16th birthday. Fortunately, one of the good fairies, Merryweather, changes the spell so Aurora will fall asleep, and that the only way to wake her up were the tears from her true love. Finally the day comes. Will she be left to sleep forever? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, magic wand, storybook in opening shot, human becoming an animal, disney, fairy, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, child, fish, crying, fire, singing, father son relationship

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (1937)

The beautiful and kindhearted princess Snow White charms every creature in the kingdom except one - her jealous stepmother, the Queen. When the Magic Mirror proclaims Snow White the fairest one of all, she must flee into the forest, where she befriends the lovable seven dwarfs - Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, and Dopey. But when the Queen tricks Snow White with an enchanted apple, only the magic of true love's kiss can save her. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, mirror, storybook in opening shot, sneezing, disney, anthropomorphism, apple, 2d animation, 19th century, transformation, lie, singing, character name in title

Aladdin (1992) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he retrieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:wish fulfillment, based on fairy tale, disney, wish, anthropomorphism, apple, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, transformation, underwater scene, child, fish, fire, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, character name in title, based on novel, one word title

Beauty And The Beast (2017)
Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enchanted. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, studio logo segues into film, altered version of studio logo, famous score, disney, star, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, transformation, candle, mirror, fire, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, father son relationship, character name in title

Bambi (1942)
Animation, Drama, Family

Bambi (1942)

The animated story of Bambi, a young deer hailed as the 'Prince of the Forest' at his birth. As Bambi grows, he makes friends with the other animals of the forest, learns the skills needed to survive, and even finds love. One day, however, the hunters come, and Bambi must learn to be as brave as his father if he is to lead the other deer to safety. This is why Bambi (1942) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Story:studio logo segues into film, altered version of studio logo, disney, blockbuster, 2d animation, lie, rain, fire, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel, one word title

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:blowing one's nose, fairy tale, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 19th century, child, fish, candle, lie, cat, fire, dancing, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Beauty And The Beast (1991) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Beauty And The Beast (1991)

Having lived a life in selfishness, a young prince is cursed by a mysterious enchantress to having the appearance of a monstrous beast. His only hope is to learn to love a young woman and earn her love in return in order to redeem himself. Years later, his chance shows itself when a young maiden named Belle offers to take her ill father's place as his prisoner. With help from the castle's enchanted staff, Belle learns to appreciate her captor and immediately falls in love with him. Back in the village however, an unscrupulous hunter has his own plans for Belle. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, human becoming an animal, disney, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, 2d animation, transformation, candle, beer, book, mirror, rain, crying, fire, character name in title

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)
Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy

Die Unendliche Geschichte (1984)

Bastian is a young boy who lives a dreary life being tormented by school bullies. On one such occasion he escapes into a book shop where the old proprieter reveals an ancient story-book to him, which he is warned can be dangerous. Shortly after, he "borrows" the book and begins to read it in the school attic where he is drawn into the mythical land of Fantasia, which desperately needs a hero to save it from destruction. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:book, young boy, wish fulfillment, fairy tale, famous score, wish, title spoken by character, father son relationship, based on novel

Big (1988)
Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Big (1988)

Josh Baskin would do anything to be big to hang out with his crush at the carnival. He finds a Zoltar machine, and he wishes to be big. After Zoltar tells him, "his wish is granted", Josh notices the machine is unplugged. He wakes up the next morning in an adult's body but he still has the same personality. With the help of his best friend, Billy, Josh learns how to act like a grown up. But as he gets a girlfriend and a fun job, he doesn't want to be a kid again. Will Josh stay big or become a 13 year old boy again? (Read More)

Characters:boy
Story:young boy, wish fulfillment, carnival, wish, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, child, mirror, title spoken by character, one word title

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Thriller

The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. This is why The Brothers Grimm (2005) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:fairy tale, apple, lifting someone into the air, 19th century, transformation, candle, book, cat, mirror, rain, fire, title spoken by character, dancing, character name in title

Mary Poppins (1964) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical

Mary Poppins (1964)

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the siblings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:famous score, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, umbrella, mirror, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword (2017)

Themes:magic
Locations:boat
Story:altered version of studio logo, coin, pool, blockbuster, transformation, underwater scene, candle, island, rain, fire, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title

Big Fish (2003)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Big Fish (2003)

United Press International journalist Will Bloom and his French freelance photojournalist wife Josephine Bloom, who is pregnant with their first child, leave their Paris base to return to Will's hometown of Ashton, Alabama on the news that his father, Edward Bloom, stricken with cancer, will soon die, he being taken off chemotherapy treatment. Although connected indirectly through Will's mother/Edward's wife, Sandra Bloom, Will has been estranged from his father for three years since his and Josephine's wedding. Will's issue with his father is the fanciful tales Edward has told of his life all his life, not only to Will but the whole world. As a child when Edward was largely absent as a traveling salesman, Will believed those stories, but now realizes that he does not know his father, who, as he continues to tell these stories, he will never get to know unless Edward comes clean with the truth before he dies. On the brink of his own family life beginning, Will does not want to be the kind of father Edward has been to him. One of those stories from Edward's childhood - that he saw his own death in the glass eye of a witch - led to him embracing life since he would not have to fear death knowing when and how it would eventually come. The question is whether Will will be able to reconcile Edward's stories against his real life, either directly from Edward before he dies and/or from other sources, and thus allow Will to come to a new understanding of himself and his life, past, present and future. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:fairy tale, studio logo segues into film, carnival, underwater scene, child, fish, lie, cat, rain, crying, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, father son relationship, based on novel

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)
Animation, Drama, Family, Musical, Romance

The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996)

In 15th century Paris, Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen but gentle-souled bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Claude Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Frollo was forced by the Archdeacon of Notre Dame to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Frollo in the belltower of the cathedral. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lovely gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome soldier Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles. And Quasimodo must desperately defend both Esmeralda and the very cathedral of Notre Dame. (Read More)

Story:puppeteer, disney, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, puppet, crying, fire, singing, based on novel

Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Animation, Family, Fantasy

Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. This is why Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:metamorphosis, forename as title, lifting someone into the air, candle, cat, mirror, rain, crying, singing, title spoken by character, character name in title, based on novel, one word title

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Emperor's New Groove (2000)

In this animated comedy from the folks at Disney, the vain and cocky Emperor Kuzco is a very busy man. Besides maintaining his "groove", and firing his suspicious administrator, Yzma; he's also planning to build a new waterpark just for himself for his birthday. However, this means destroying one of the villages in his kingdom. Meanwhile, Yzma is hatching a plan to get revenge and usurp the throne. But, in a botched assassination courtesy of Yzma's right-hand man, Kronk, Kuzco is magically transformed into a llama. Now, Kuzco finds himself the property of Pacha, a lowly llama herder whose home is ground zero for the water park. Upon discovering the llama's true self, Pacha offers to help resolve the Emperor's problem and regain his throne, only if he promises to move his water park. (Read More)

Story:human becoming an animal, whale, disney, anthropomorphism, transformation, underwater scene, cat, rain

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (2010)

Voldemort's power is growing stronger. He now has control over the Ministry of Magic and Hogwarts. Harry, Ron, and Hermione decide to finish Dumbledore's work and find the rest of the Horcruxes to defeat the Dark Lord. But little hope remains for the Trio, and the rest of the Wizarding World, so everything they do must go as planned. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:magic wand, altered version of studio logo, underwater scene, book, crying, fire, dancing, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

It is the story of one Mr. Fox and his wild-ways of hen heckling, turkey taking and cider sipping, nocturnal, instinctive adventures. He has to put his wild days behind him and do what fathers do best: be responsible. He is too rebellious. He is too wild. He is going to try "just one more raid" on the three nastiest, meanest farmers that are Boggis, Bunce and Bean. It is a tale of crossing the line of family responsibilities and midnight adventure and the friendships and awakenings of this country life that is inhabited by Fantastic Mr. Fox and his friends. (Read More)

Story:fox, storybook in opening shot, anthropomorphism, fire, singing, title spoken by character, dancing, father son relationship, character name in title, based on novel

Shrek The Third (2007) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Shrek The Third (2007)

When Fiona's father and King of Far Far Away passes away, the clumsy Shrek becomes the immediate successor of the throne. However, Shrek decides to find the legitimate heir Artie in a distant kingdom with his friends Donkey and Puss in Boots to be able return to his beloved house in the swamp with the pregnant Fiona. Meanwhile, the envious and ambitious Prince Charming joins the villains of the fairytales plotting a coup d'etat to become the new king. (Read More)

Story:fairy tale, donkey, based on fairy tale, fairy, character name in title

Shrek 2 (2004)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Shrek 2 (2004)

Shrek has rescued Princess Fiona, got married, and now is time to meet the parents. Shrek, Fiona, and Donkey set off to Far, Far Away to meet Fiona's mother and father. But not everyone is happy. Shrek and the King find it hard to get along, and there's tension in the marriage. It's not just the family who are unhappy. Prince Charming returns from a failed attempt at rescuing Fiona, and works alongside his mother, the Fairy Godmother, to try and find a way to get Shrek away from Fiona. This is why Shrek 2 (2004) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Story:fairy, based on fairy tale, donkey, fairy tale, cat

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

How To Train Your Dragon (2010)

Long ago up North on the Island of Berk, the young Viking, Hiccup, wants to join his town's fight against the dragons that continually raid their town. However, his macho father and village leader, Stoik the Vast, will not allow his small, clumsy, but inventive son to do so. Regardless, Hiccup ventures out into battle and downs a mysterious Night Fury dragon with his invention, but can't bring himself to kill it. Instead, Hiccup and the dragon, whom he dubs Toothless, begin a friendship that would open up both their worlds as the observant boy learns that his people have misjudged the species. But even as the two each take flight in their own way, they find that they must fight the destructive ignorance plaguing their world. (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:island, studio logo segues into film, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, underwater scene, fish, fire, father son relationship, based on novel

Jumanji (1995)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Thriller

Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them.

Themes:magic
Mood:night
Characters:boy
Story:human becoming an animal, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 19th century, underwater scene, child, title spoken by character, father son relationship, one word title

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Snow White And The Huntsman (2012)

Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turns against the Queen's men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Mood:night
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, mirror, fairy, apple, dancing, character name in title

Zootopia (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Crime, Family, Mystery

Zootopia (2016)

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, she quickly learns how tough it is to enforce the law. Determined to prove herself, Judy jumps at the opportunity to solve a mysterious case. Unfortunately, that means working with Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder. (Read More)

Story:fox, anthropomorphic fox, talking fox, disney, anthropomorphism, faked death, crying, one word title

The Croods (2013)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

The Croods (2013)

"The Croods" are an eccentric family of cavemen, who survive the harsh terrain by living accordingly to a strict set of rules. But when their home is destroyed in the wake of an impending disaster known as "The End", they are forced to leave their home of shelter and security, and into the wilderness of the unknown to find a new home. This is why The Croods (2013) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Mood:night
Story:whale, smoke, blockbuster, umbrella, puppet, child, fire, father son relationship, character name in title

Cinderella (1950)
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance

Cinderella (1950)

In a far away, long ago kingdom, Cinderella is living happily with her mother and father until her mother dies. Cinderella's father remarries a cold, cruel woman who has two daughters, Drizella and Anastasia. When the father dies, Cinderella's wicked stepmother turns her into a virtual servant in her own house. Meanwhile, across town in the castle, the King determines that his son the Prince should find a suitable bride and provide him with a required number of grandchildren. So the King invites every eligible maiden in the kingdom to a fancy dress ball, where his son will be able to choose his bride. Cinderella has no suitable party dress for a ball, but her friends the mice, led by Jaques and Gus, and the birds lend a hand in making her one, a dress the evil stepsisters immediately tear apart on the evening of the ball. At this point, enter the Fairy Godmother, the pumpkin carriage, the royal ball, the stroke of midnight, the glass slipper, and the rest, as they say, is fairy tale history. (Read More)

Story:fairy tale, carriage, forename as title, fairy, character name in title, one word title

The Tree Of Life (2011) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Drama, Fantasy

The Tree Of Life (2011)

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father ('Brad Pitt' (qv)). Jack (played as an adult by 'Sean Penn (I)' (qv)) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. (Read More)

Locations:sea
Characters:boy
Story:young boy, stars, underwater scene, fish, candle, lie, book, cat, mirror, rain, crying, fire, dancing, father son relationship

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy

Oz The Great And Powerful (2013)

Oscar Diggs ('James Franco'), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first he thinks he's hit the jackpot-fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora ('Mila Kunis' (qv)), Evanora ('Rachel Weisz' (qv)), and Glinda ('Michelle Williams (I)' (qv)), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity-and even a bit of wizardry-Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz but into a better man as well. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:magic wand, smoke, fairy, anthropomorphism, apple, faked death, carnival, transformation, fire, singing, dancing

Hook (1991)
Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Peter Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:fairy, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, child, island, crying, title spoken by character, father son relationship, character name in title, one word title, based on novel

Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery

Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009)

In the sixth year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft, and in both wizard and muggle worlds Lord Voldemort and his henchmen are increasingly active. With vacancies to fill at Hogwarts, Professor Dumbledore persuades Horace Slughorn, back from retirement to become the potions teacher, while Professor Snape receives long awaited news. Harry Potter, together with Dumbledore, must face treacherous tasks to defeat his evil nemesis. This is why Harry Potter And The Half-blood Prince (2009) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:magic wand, apple, lifting someone into the air, underwater scene, book, rain, fire, character name in title, based on novel

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)

Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil's Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea...including him. Captain Jack's only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas. (Read More)

Mood:night
Locations:sea, boat
Characters:boy
Story:smoke, candle, island, book, title spoken by character, father son relationship

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, as a young boy and girl fall in love they are moved to run away together. Various factions of the town mobilize to search for them and the town is turned upside down - which might not be such a bad thing.

Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:island, young boy, title appears in writing, child, beer, book, rain

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)
Crime, Drama, Fantasy

Perfume: The Story Of A Murderer (2006)

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille came into the world unwanted, expected to die, yet born with an unnerving sense of smell that created alienation as well as talent. Of all the smells around him, Grenouille is beckoned to the scent of a woman's soul, and spends the rest of his life attempting to smell her essence again by becoming a perfumer, and creating the essence of an innocence lost. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Story:nose, apple, underwater scene, fish, candle, cat, rain, crying, dancing, based on novel

Ratatouille (2007)
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Ratatouille (2007)

A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a great French chef despite his family's wishes and the obvious problem of being a rat in a decidedly rodent-phobic profession. When fate places Remy in the sewers of Paris, he finds himself ideally situated beneath a restaurant made famous by his culinary hero, Auguste Gusteau. Despite the apparent dangers of being an unlikely - and certainly unwanted - visitor in the kitchen of a fine French restaurant, Remy's passion for cooking soon sets into motion a hilarious and exciting rat race that turns the culinary world of Paris upside down. (Read More)

Locations:boat
Characters:boy
Story:young boy, stars, star, anthropomorphism, blockbuster, underwater scene, book, rain, fire, title spoken by character, father son relationship, one word title

Mulan (1998) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War

Mulan (1998)

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. This is why Mulan (1998) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Story:based on fairy tale, child, disney, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, 2d animation, fish, fire, title spoken by character, character name in title, one word title

Maleficent (2014)
Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Maleficent (2014)

A beautiful, pure-hearted young woman, Maleficent has an idyllic life growing up in a peaceable forest kingdom, until one day when an invading army threatens the harmony of the land. Maleficent rises to be the land's fiercest protector, but she ultimately suffers a ruthless betrayal - an act that begins to turn her pure heart to stone. Bent on revenge, Maleficent faces a battle with the invading king's successor and, as a result, places a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Maleficent realizes that Aurora holds the key to peace in the kingdom - and perhaps to Maleficent's true happiness as well. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Story:based on fairy tale, fairy tale, altered version of studio logo, metamorphosis, fairy, child, title spoken by character, character name in title, one word title

The Princess Bride (1987)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

The Princess Bride (1987)

An elderly man reads the book "The Princess Bride" to his sick and thus currently bedridden adolescent grandson, the reading of the book which has been passed down within the family for generations. The grandson is sure he won't like the story, with a romance at its core, he preferring something with lots of action and "no kissing". But the grandson is powerless to stop his grandfather, whose feelings he doesn't want to hurt. The story centers on Buttercup, a former farm girl who has been chosen as the princess bride to Prince Humperdinck of Florian. Buttercup does not love him, she who still laments the death of her one true love, Westley, five years ago. Westley was a hired hand on the farm, his stock answer of "as you wish" to any request she made of him which she came to understand was his way of saying that he loved her. But Westley went away to sea, only to be killed by the Dread Pirate Roberts. On a horse ride to clear her mind of her upcoming predicament of marriage, Buttercup is kidnapped by a band of bandits: Vizzini who works on his wits, and his two associates, a giant named Fezzik who works on his brawn, and a Spaniard named Inigo Montoya, who has trained himself his entire life to be an expert swordsman. They in turn are chased by the Dread Pirate Roberts himself. But chasing them all is the Prince, and his men led by Count Tyrone Rugen. What happens to these collectives is dependent partly on Buttercup, who does not want to marry the Prince, and may see other options as lesser evils, and partly on the other motives of individuals within the groups. But a larger question is what the grandson will think of the story as it proceeds and at its end, especially as he sees justice as high a priority as action. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Locations:sea, boat
Characters:boy
Story:fairy tale, young boy, fairy, lifting someone into the air, book, fire, father son relationship, based on novel

La Vita E Bella (1997)
Comedy, Drama, War

La Vita E Bella (1997)

In 1930s Italy, a carefree Jewish book keeper named Guido starts a fairy tale life by courting and marrying a lovely woman from a nearby city. Guido and his wife have a son and live happily together until the occupation of Italy by German forces. In an attempt to hold his family together and help his son survive the horrors of a Jewish Concentration Camp, Guido imagines that the Holocaust is a game and that the grand prize for winning is a tank. (Read More)

Locations:italy
Characters:boy
Story:fairy tale, book, fairy, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, child, title spoken by character, father son relationship

Stardust (2007) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Romance

Stardust (2007)

The passage from this world to the fantasy kingdom of Stormhold is through a breach in a wall beside an English village. In the 1800s, a boy becomes a man when he ventures through the breach in pursuit of a fallen star, to prove his love for the village beauty. The star is no lump of rock, it's a maiden, Yvaine. Tristan, the youth, is not the only one looking for her: three witches, led by Lamia, want her heart to make them young; and, the sons of the dead king of Stormhold want her because she holds a ruby that will give one of them title to the throne. Assisting Tristan are his mother, the victim of a spell, and a cross-dressing pirate of the skies. Will Tristan win his true love? (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:star, transformation, underwater scene, candle, mirror, fire, title spoken by character, dancing, one word title, based on novel

Moana (2016)
Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Thriller

Moana (2016)

Moana Waialiki is a sea voyaging enthusiast and the only daughter of a chief in a long line of navigators. When her island's fishermen can't catch any fish and the crops fail, she learns that the demigod Maui caused the blight by stealing the heart of the goddess, Te Fiti. The only way to heal the island is to persuade Maui to return Te Fiti's heart, so Moana sets off on an epic journey across the Pacific. The film is based on stories from Polynesian mythology. This is why Moana (2016) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940). (Read More)

Locations:sea
Story:island, forename as title, disney, fish, title spoken by character, character name in title, one word title

The Lobster (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sci-fi

The Lobster (2015)

A love story set in a dystopian near future where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel. There they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal and released into the woods.

Locations:boat
Story:metamorphosis, donkey, faked death, transformation, fish, lie, rain, singing, dancing, father son relationship

Liar Liar (1997)
Comedy, Fantasy

Liar Liar (1997)

Fletcher Reede, a fast talking attorney, habitual liar, and divorced father is an incredibly successful lawyer who has built his career by lying. He has a habit of giving precedence to his job and always breaking promises to be with his young son Max, but Fletcher lets Max down once too often, for missing his own son's birthday party. But until then at 8:15 Max has decided to make an honest man out of him as he wishes for one whole day his dad couldn't tell a lie. When the wish comes true all Fletcher can do is tell the truth and cannot tell one lie. Uh-oh for Fletcher! (Read More)

Story:lying, lie, wish fulfillment, wish, blockbuster, lifting someone into the air, father son relationship

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004) is one of the best movies like Pinocchio (1940)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy

Hauru No Ugoku Shiro (2004)

A love story between an 18-year-old girl named Sophie, cursed by a witch into an old woman's body, and a magician named Howl. Under the curse, Sophie sets out to seek her fortune, which takes her to Howl's strange moving castle. In the castle, Sophie meets Howl's fire demon, named Karishifa. Seeing that she is under a curse, the demon makes a deal with Sophie--if she breaks the contract he is under with Howl, then Karushifa will lift the curse that Sophie is under, and she will return to her 18-year-old shape. (Read More)

Themes:magic
Characters:boy
Story:fire, metamorphosis, blockbuster, transformation, mirror, rain, crying, character name in title, based on novel

Dazed And Confused (1993)
Comedy

Dazed And Confused (1993)

It's the last day of school at a high school in a small town in Texas in 1976. The upperclassmen are hazing the incoming freshmen, and everyone is trying to get stoned, drunk, or laid, even the football players that signed a pledge not to.

Mood:night
Story:star, school kids, underage smoking, smoke, underage drinking, spanking, beer, lie, singing, father son relationship

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