A real boy, seven decades later: Dick Jones, the voice of ‘Pinocchio,’ looks back

Oct. 04, 2009 | 8:00 p.m.

Walt Disney's Pinocchio

Next year marks the 70th anniversary of “Pinocchio,” my favorite Disney film, and Dick Jones, the actor who gave voice to the beloved title character, will be a special guest at the Lone Pine Film Festival next weekend (Oct. 9-11).

If you’re not familiar with that festival, it’s got a wagon-wheel ethos with its emphasis on Old West fare, frontier imagery and the great old cowboy serials. So, um, how does the star of “Pinocchio” — which is based on the 19th century Italian children’s classic — fit in with the campfire conversation?

That question is answered in this wonderful video, which was put together just for you Hero Complex readers by Don Kelsen, a veteran photographer at the Los Angeles Times who also happens to be an amateur authority on vintage westerns and saddleback serials. Great stuff, hope to bring you more retrospective videos like this one in the weeks to come.

– Geoff Boucher

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