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The original story was written by the Italian author Carlo Collodi (real name: Carlo Lorenzini) as ‘Le avventure di Pinocchio’ translated to The adventures of Pinocchio – the setting of the story is in Tuscan. The author died in 1890 unaware of the popularity of his tale. His story has been translated to more than 240 languages, making it the most translated non-religious book. It’s interesting to note that in the first version of the story, Pinocchio dies a gruesome death. He is hanged, but at the request of the editor the author added the last chapters where Pinocchio is saved by the fairy who transforms him into a real boy.
Disney background.The second movie after the success of Snow White was released in 1940. It had ground-breaking achievements in effects animation. It was the first animated feature to win a competitive Academy Award (Best music & Best Original score; soundtrack When you wish upon a star), but it started as a box office disaster. It actually was supposed to be the third movie, but they had difficulties with Bambi and decided to move Pinocchio ahead.
Basic story according to me.
There is this old guy named Geppetto and he decides to carve a wooden puppet called ‘his son’ Pinocchio, because that’s what you do when you are lonely. He already tried pets, but that didn’t work out. The puppet is brought to life by the blue fairy with the promise he can become a real boy if he proves himself ‘brave, truthful and unselfish.’ Which appears to become a huge fail. He does everything he is told NOT to do, which results in him turning into a donkey. Everything turns out okay and Pinocchio is transformed into a real boy. The end.
Comparison Disney movie to the original tale.In the story we meet ’The fairy with the turquoise hair’ which is changed into the ‘Blue fairy’ in the Disney version. I can see why.
When Pinocchio is transformed into a living puppet he runs away and is found by the police, who imprison Geppetto because they believe he abused Pinocchio. That evening Pinocchio falls asleep with his feet in the stove and the next day he finds them burned off. When the old guy is released he insist that Pinocchio goes to school, he makes a new pair of feet, he sells his coat for books and the boy repays him by selling the books for a ticket to the theatre. He is captured by the puppet master Mangiafuoco who wants to make firewood out of him, but sends him home with money.
Here comes the part where Pinocchio is hanged, because the Cat and the Fox rob him (in disguise). He is rescued by a falcon, summoned by The Fairy. Pinocchio did bites the Cat’s paw off. Geppetto is building a boat to search for Pinocchio and he is swallowed by The Terrible Dogfish. There also happen other things that are left out of the Disney movie, because it would take too long to tell everything. Find the complete summary of the story here: Pinocchio.
In Disney, Pinocchio is convinced by Honest John the Fox and Gideon the Cat to join Stromboli’s puppet show to become a star. When he wants to go home, Stromboli locks in him a cage and the Blue Fairy appears. This is the first time Pinocchio lies and his nose grows; he swears to be a good boy, so his nose shrinks back and she sets him free, warning this is the last time she will help him. We know The terrible dogfish as the angry whale.
You can see that he was cold, rude, ungrateful and inhuman, but Disney made him more innocent, helpless and naive; someone to sympathies with as he tries to stay on the right path. We also see his guidance in the form of cricket Jiminy, who he actually squashes in the real story. Jiminy was a minor character in the original story that returned as a ghost.
Dutch facts. There are some changes:
Jiminy Cricket –> Japie Krekel.
Blue Fairy –> translated into Blauwe Fee.
Honest John –> Jantje Fatsoen (which means ‘decency’)
Lampwick –> Lampepit.
Movie adaptations.-Pinocchio plays a small role in the TV show ‘Once upon a time.’ I can’t say anything about it in case of spoilers.
-We get to see the intelligent Pinocchio in Shrek. He sure has his way with words!
-Guillermo Del Toro had plans for a stop motion version, but I haven’t heard about this for a while. It was put on hold in 2013.
-Tim Burton was supposed to direct a movie, but is possible replaced by Ben Stiller. Robert Downey Jr. might play two roles in this Pinocchio version.
Book retellings.Pauline C. Harris – Puppet
Claudia Gray – Real boy in the Grim anthology.
John Claude Bemis – The alchemist’s son.
Van Jensen –Pinocchio, vampire slayer.