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The Not So Innocent Side of Disney: Pinocchio: The Scenes We'd Love to Forget
Pinocchio. The famous wooden puppet who was magicked to life by a blue fairy and desired to be a real boy one day. Mr Disney made a masterpiece of this but left a few dark details that we'd all remember for years to come.
Honest John and his pal Gideon the cat lead him astray from school one day and convince him to join a puppet show with a man called Stromboli. After an outstanding show Pinocchio wishes to go home, but Stromboli has other plans and locks him in a bird cage against Pinocchios own will, a nightmare for all children. Miss Blue Fairy appears from nowhere, and then Pinocchio starts to lie about his whereabouts that day, not a very good role model to kids here, he vows to be good and Miss Blue Fairy lets him go. Stromboli could have been nicer by offering him money, fame and telling Gepetto, but I guess the whole story would have been different that way. The word kidnap comes to mind, which gives off a bad message to its audiences.
Pinocchio in a cage
With Pinocchio skipping happily home, Honest John and his mute cat visit a coachman who will pay them money to take naughty boys off the streets and take them to Pleasure Island. Some would call this child trafficking. Because that is what he's doing. Carting off young boys, turning them into donkeys and forcing them to work. This face is the face of an insane messed up man.
The Evil Coachman
Back in the old days smoking wasn't seen as a bad thing, but now people understand that it is a bad thing which can cause harm to ones health. The fact that it makes Pinocchio sick really does tell you something. That he's not a good role model and why you should never inhale it. And drinking beer at that age? Someone's on Santas naughty list.
Smoking and Drinking
Hitting children is very frowned upon. You would see inside a prison cell for it. Throwing a child around who is a donkey and selling them to salt mines is also frowned upon. This coachman would see a lot of time in a prison cell for that. Those poor defenseless little boy donkeys don't deserve this torture. At a young age I never understood this scene. Twenty years later I look back and think, wow, that is a bit deep for a kids film don't cha think Walt?
Little Boy Donkeys
Monstro the Whale
The scariness didn't end there. Pinocchio manages to escape, half transformed into a donkey and jumps into the ocean. Here we meet Monstro the Whale. After Pinocchio makes him sneeze there is a monster of a chase and he Gepetto, Figaro and Cleo all survive. I realise Walt wants to tell the tale of Pinocchio, but he could have toned the dramatics down to make it a little less scary for its target audience. They all go home happy, Pinocchio is turned into a real boy and learns that if he tells the truth he won't get kidnapped, half transform into a donkey and get eaten by a whale. Thanks for making this a story to remember Walt!!
Monstro the Whale
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