Book Vs Movie “Pinocchio” (1940)

Book Vs. Movie: Pinocchio

The Italian Children’s Novel Vs the 1940 Animated Film

The Margos are feeling very Italian in this episode devoted to the famous story about a marionette who wishes to be a real boy when he grows up. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi was originally published in a series of magazine articles in 1881. When it was released as a book, it became a worldwide hit and is one of the most translated books of all time. 

The story takes place in Tuscany, Italy as Gepetto, a lonely craftsman, finds a piece of wood that talks ad he decides to create a marionette boy to be his son. Right away, his nose grows when he tells a lie and Pinocchio proves to be a handful as a child. He runs away as soon as he is built and Gepetto is arrested for supposedly mistreating him. Pinocchio kills the cricket who tries to warn him about behaving badly! 

The plot of this book is next level kooky with killer cats and foxes, talking crickets, fairies, and ‘The Green Fisherman”. It’s amazing, but wow! 

In 1940, Walt Disney Productions presented Pinocchio as their second animated feature (after Snow White and the Seven Dwarves) and though it did well at the Academy Awards, it was something of a flop at the time. This being a Disney production, that only meant that eventually, it would find an audience and the classic we know it is now. 

So, between the original story and the animated movie–which did we prefer? 

In this ep the Margos discuss:

Clips used:

  • Pinocchio “I’ve Got No Strings”
  • Pinocchio  trailer
  • “Monstro!”
  • Pinocchio and Lampwick
  • Pinocchio is a boy
  • Music by Leigh Harline and Paul J. Smith 

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