|The Adventures of Pinocchio character|
Original art by Enrico Mazzanti
|First appearance||The Adventures of Pinocchio|
|Created by||Carlo Collodi|
|Family||Mister Geppetto (father)
The Fairy with Turquoise Hair(mother)
Fictional character biography
Aspects of Pinocchio’s character vary depending on the interpretation, although basic aspects such as his creation as a puppet by Geppetto and the size of his nose changing due to his lies or stress remain present across the various formats.
Pinocchio is known for having a short nose that becomes longer when he is under stress (chapter 3), especially while lying. His clothes are made of flowered paper, his shoes are made of wood and his hat is made of bread (page 16 of Collodi’s Le Avventure di Pinocchio). In this, the original tale, Pinocchio exhibits obnoxious, bratty, and selfish traits.
Some literary analysts have described Pinocchio as an epic hero. Like other Western literacy heroes, such as Gilgameshand Odysseus, Pinocchio descends into hell. Pinocchio also experiences rebirth through metamorphosis, a motif found in fantasy or speculative literatures.
When Walt Disney Productions was developing the story for the film Pinocchio (1940) they intended to keep the more obnoxious traits from the original story, but Walt Disney himself felt that this made the character too unlikable and so alterations were made to incorporate traits of innocence to make Pinocchio more likable. Pinocchio was voiced by Dickie Jones. Today the film is considered among the finest Disney features ever made, and one of the greatest animated films of all time, with a rare 100% rating on the website Rotten Tomatoes. This incarnation later appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit voiced by Peter Westy, Disney’s House of Mouse voiced by Michael Welch, and Kingdom Hearts voiced by Seth Adkins. Elijah Wood portrayed the real-boy version of Pinocchio in the live-action segments for the updated Jiminy Cricket educational serials “I’m No Fool” and “You” in addition to the new shorts of “I’m No Fool” in the early 1990s. Pinocchio makes a cameo appearances in Teacher’s Pet and Tangled.
- Mel Blanc voiced Pinocchio in a 1953 radio adaptation of the story. This is the second adaptation of Pinocchio with Mel Blanc involved, as Mel voiced Gideon the Cat in the 1940 Disney film until all of his lines were deleted, save for three hiccups.
- Pinocchio appeared in the 1972 adaptation, voiced by Roberta Paladini.
- He was portrayed by Sandy Duncan in a 1976 television musical film.
- Pinocchio appeared in the “Señor Wences” episode of The Muppet Show, performed by Steve Whitmire. His puppet was built by Bob Payne.
- He appeared in Filmation‘s 1987 epic animated film Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night voiced by Scott Grimes.
- Pinocchio appeared in the 1993 direct-to-video adaptation by GoodTimes Entertainment, voiced by Jeannie Elias.
- He appeared in the horror film Pinocchio’s Revenge played by Verne Troyer and voiced by Dick Beals. He appears as a killer puppet.
- He was portrayed by Jonathan Taylor Thomas in The Adventures of Pinocchio. Thomas also voiced the title character’s puppet form.
- Pinocchio also appeared in the sequel The New Adventures of Pinocchio, played by Gabriel Thomson (who also voiced his puppet form).
- In the paintings series “La morte di Pinocchio”, Walther Jervolino, an Italian painter and engraver, shows Pinocchio being executed with arrows or decapitated, thus presenting an alternative story ending.
- He appeared as a supporting character in Shrek, Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, and Shrek Forever After, voiced by Cody Cameron. He was also featured in Shrek the Musical, originally played on Broadway by John Tartaglia.
- Pinocchio appeared in the 2002 Pinocchio film, played by Roberto Benigni while the English dub voice was provided by Breckin Meyer.
- He appeared in Pinocchio 3000 voiced by Sonja Ball. This version is a robot that was built by Geppetto.
- In the manga series MÄR, there is a knight of the chess pieces named Pinocchio who was created by Diana.
- In the web series RWBY, the character Penny is inspired by Pinocchio.
- Pinocchio also is featured by the K-pop girl group f(x) in their first album’s lead single Pinocchio (Danger).
- He appeared in Once Upon a Time, played by Eion Bailey. He appears in Storybrooke in the form of a mysterious man named August Wayne Booth. In the Enchanted Forest, his younger self is played by Jakob Davies. Following his near death by Tamara, the Mother Superior restored Pinocchio to his child self.
- Pinocchio appeared in the 2012 adaptation.
- He was used as the mascot for the 2013 UCI Road World Championships.
- Pinocchio appeared in GEICO commercial’s bad motivational speaker 2014 and 1991’s clay animation Halloween by Sheldon the Snail.
- In Russia there is an analogue Pinocchio are Буратино
- In the shōnen series One Piece, Usopp of the Strawhat Pirates is modeled after Pinocchio, with his long nose and frequent exaggerations.
- Part 6 of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure features an evil version of Pinocchio, brought to life by Bohemian Rhapsody.
- In Avengers: Age of Ultron, the story of Pinocchio is referenced to symbolize the cybernetic villain Ultron becoming free of his masters (the Avengers) orders. A dark version of the Disney Pinocchio song “I’ve Got No Strings” is also quoted by him, and used in promotional material for the film.
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- British English and American English: http://www.oxfordadvancedlearnersdictionary.com/dictionary/pinocchio
- Reardon, Sara (2013-06-07). “Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio: Why is the original Pinocchio subjected to such sadistic treatment?”. Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Children’s Literature Review, “Pinocchio: Calro Collodi,” 2007. http://www.encyclopedia.com/article-1G2-2697200012/pinocchio-carlo-collodi.html, Retrieved June 12, 2013.
- Italian, It’s All Greek to Me: Everything You Don’t Know About Italian … – Linda Falcone. Books.google.co.uk. Retrieved 2013-06-17.
- Morrissey, Thomas J., and Richard Wunderlich. “Death and Rebirth in Pinocchio.” Children’s Literature 11 (1983): 64-75.
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