Characters: Pinocchio


Voiced by: Dickie Jones

The young puppet protagonist, given life by the Blue Fairy. If he proves himself brave, truthful, and unselfish, then he will one day become a real boy.

Jiminy Cricket

Voiced by: Cliff Edwards

A homeless cricket who takes the job of being Pinocchio's conscience, giving him moral advice... which is usually ignored.
  • Breakout Character: In the original story, he was a nameless cricket who was squashed by the title character early on and appeared later as a ghost. In the Disney version, he was given the name Jiminy Cricket and promoted to narrator.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Starts namecalling Monstro "blubbermouth" and "big moose". Monstro doesn't even notice him.
  • The Conscience: Trope Codifier. The conscience to the title character.
  • Covert Pervert: He goes from angrily not watching Pinocchio's show to excitedly watching it with eyeglasses on when he sees the French girl puppets doing the kick dance.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: First in ragged street clothes, then in a dapper black tux for the remainder of the film.
  • Honest Advisor: Acts like this to Pinocchio.
  • Mars Needs Women: Jiminy seems to have a preference for human(ish) women.
  • Morality Chain: As Pinocchio's conscience, it's his job to guide him along the straight and narrow.
  • Nice Hat: His top hat.
  • Not So Above It All: For all his attempts to keep Pinnochio on the straight and narrow, he's shown to have some problems with keeping his Pride and Lust under control. His first question when being assigned to be Pinnochio's conscience is if he gets a badge.
    • It's worth noting, though, that Jiminy's character changes over the course of the film—he gradually becomes more interested in Pinocchio's well-being, to the point where he's willing to risk his life to travel with him when the puppet goes looking for Monstro. Tellingly, at the end of the movie, he steps outside to speak with the Blue Fairy—not to demand a reward, but sincerely thank her for her kindness.
  • Punny Name: The name is a play on the exclamation "Jiminy Cricket!", a minced oath for "Jesus Christ" .
  • Significant Monogram: No coincidence, since his name comes from a Bowdlerisation of Jesus Christ.

Mister Geppetto

Voiced by: Christian Rub

A kindly old woodcutter and toymaker who was never able to have a son of his own. One night, he wishes upon a star, and Pinocchio comes to life.
  • Badass Grandpa: The scene where Monstro eats the tuna is a fishing opportunity. This is born out of desperation, but it's still a pretty cool moment.
  • Bumbling Dad: He's a bit absent-minded.
  • Cool Old Guy: See Badass Grandpa.
  • Doting Parent: He doesn't care Pinocchio has gone and slightly-transformed himself into a donkey, so long as they're still together, is all that really matters.
  • Doomed Defeatist: He's tried and failed to escape Monstro so many times, he's convinced himself its impossible, even in the face of his son's determination and optimism.

Blue Fairy

Voiced by: Evelyn Venable

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original novel, the Blue Fairy had turquoise/blue hair. In the Disney version, her hair is blonde while her dress is blue.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role in the film is significantly downplayed in favor of Jiminy Cricket's.

Honest John

Voiced by: Walter Catlett


Voiced by: Mel Blanc

  • Nice Hat: Like John he wears an old top hat.
  • Smash Mook: He wields an enormous mallet.
  • The Silent Bob: Apart from his three hiccups, Gideon is mute.
  • The Speechless: He was originally meant to be voiced by Mel Blanc, but in the end all of his dialogue was cut, and Blanc's only contribution to a Disney movie was a hiccup.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: With Honest John.
  • When All You Have Is a Hammer: He's mute, so he prefers to let his huge wooden mallet do the talking when Honest John's diplomacy looks like its about to fail.
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Either he clobbers someone, or John clobbers him for trying to.


Voiced by: Charles Judels

"And when you are growing too old, you will make good...FIREWOOD!"

  • Adaptational Villainy: To an extent. The puppeteer in the original story, although still intimidating, was talked out of burning Pinocchio and gave him some coins to help Geppetto out.
  • Angrish: Stromboli unleashes quite a bit of this.
  • Bald of Evil: Half bald, in this case.
  • Beard of Evil: A long black beard.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Monstro and the Coachman.
  • Evil Is Hammy: He's a villain in a Disney movie, after all. See Large Ham.
  • Fat Bastard: Very fat and definitely a bastard.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He first appears to be a short-tempered but pleasant funny guy, but as Pinocchio discovers after the show finishes, he's actually a cruel Fat Bastard.
  • Face Palm: "Going-a home-a to your father! Be back in the morning!", No you're not.
  • Foreign Language Tirade: He goes into a basically unintelligible rant in Italian after bending a metal puppet part he found with his teeth.
  • Greed: His motivation for threatening Pinocchio.
  • Greedy Jew: Despite being Italian, seems to be the model of this.Actually... 
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: He curses in Italian when he gets upset.
  • Karma Houdini: Stromboli doesn't get any punishment other than not being able to use Pinocchio for his show - he even gets to keep all the money from the first night.
  • Large Ham: Stromboli's voice actor. "Going-a home-a to your father!"
  • The Show Must Go On: Even he appreciates in the midst of Pinocchio's bumbling, this is live entertainment - the show must go on at all costs.

The Coachman

Voiced by: Charles Judels

"Give a bad boy enough rope, and he'll soon make a jackass of himself."


Voiced by: Frankie Darro


Voiced by: Dickie Jones

  • Baleful Polymorph: The Coachman won't allow him to leave Pleasure Island, obviously as he can still talk. His fate to work there for the rest of his life, paying for the fun he had.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a troublemaker and that's exactly what got him into this mess. But deep down he loves his mother, so his transformation into a donkey isn't complete, and unlike Lampwick and the majority of the bad boys on Pleasure Island, can still talk.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Was intended as this, but his other scene was cut out. Originally there was going to be a song on the ride to Pleasure Island where the bad boys would sing about how much fun they're going to have, and then at the dock when it's revealed that even this kid was turned into a donkey, the realization that Pinocchio's next would hit much harder.

Monstro the Whale

Voiced by: Thurl Ravenscroft

  • It Can Think: Pretending to be asleep in order to catch the school of tuna, while grinning evilly to himself. Trying to intercept Pinocchio and Geppetto's escape course during the chase and smashing up their raft to slow them down.
  • Non-Malicious Monster: He's not evil or sadistic unlike Stromboli or the Coachman. He's just an hungry whale who's following his instincts.
  • Punny Name: Monstro the (horrifying) Whale.