This sequence is based on the lovely melody from Disney’s When You Wish Upon a Star, sung by Cliff Edwards as Jiminy Cricket.
Pinocchio, released in 1940, was Disney’s second animated feature film after Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937).
The film about Geppetto’s marionette who became a real boy had a tough start. It’s release earned mixed reviews in the US and was cut off from the European and Asian markets due to WWII. But as the world reopened and the word spread, Pinocchio grew to be a much loved film.
Although the films plot is launched by a magical wish upon a star, the plot itself is more real, raw, and frightening than other Disney films. It touches on themes of deferred gratification, self-denial, thrift, and perseverance, and acts as a historical piece that represents America in the 1940s.
The American Film Institute ranked this song 7th in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History list.
I was very surprised to find out that this song has become a Christmas song in Japan, Sweden, Finland, Norway, and Denmark, referring to the Star of Bethlehem.
The 7 notes are used as the horn signals for the Disney Cruise lines, and accompany the Disney logo any time it appears before a new show or film.
This sequence is based on the first full statement of the Wish Upon a Star melody.
Strive for a continuous melodic line, unfazed by the octave leap that begins the tune. Cultivate a rich, singing sound, like a choir of angels. Use the moving quarter notes to lead the listener toward the long notes. Follow the contour of the music to help build the phrases.
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