YMMV / Pinocchio

  • Accidental Aesop: Walk with your kids to school to make sure they don't run off or get kidnapped by strangers.
  • Adaptation Displacement:
    • Be honest, how many of you have actually read the book? A weird case in that most people do realize that this movie is based on a children's novel, they've just never bothered actually reading it or anything.
    • Averted in its native Italy, where the book is still pretty well-known and read.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There's a common theory that the Coachman is a Karmic Trickster, a red wearing Evil Counterpart to the Blue Fairy. While she has children learn from their misdeeds and sends them towards redemption, he punishes them for their stupidity and misdeeds by transforming them into donkeys. His nightmare face implies that he might be a supernatural creature, like the Blue Fairy.
  • Anvilicious:
    • The fairy gives Pinocchio a lecture about lying, obviously meant as an Aesop for the audience.
    • Also the bit "If you don't go to school, you'll become a donkey". Justified in that when the book was first written and published (in 1883), hardly any Italian kids actually went to school.
    • Don't be an actor. They have no conscience.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: A prolonged sequence of Jiminy getting annoyed at all the noise going on in Gepetto's worshop preventing him from falling asleep is Padding at its purest. Shortly afterwards, he and Pinocchio have a musical number in which the former teaches the latter how to whistle. To be honest, Pinocchio does make use of this particular skill once later on but it serves him no good, making it absolutely pointless as a result.
  • Complete Monster: The Coachman runs Pleasure Island, a too-good-to-be-true amusement park for troublesome children. Presenting a guise as a kindly old man, he brings the children to a location where they transform into donkeys whenever they act like jerks. The Coachman then sells them as normal animals into harsh working environments (such as salt mines or circuses) and keeps the boys who can still talk within a pen with no indication of their fates afterwards. Even Honest John and Gideon, a pair of con artists, are visibly terrified by him and his actions.
  • Crossover Ship:
  • Designated Villain: Monstro. He's classified as a villain since he deliberately tries to eat Pinocchio and Geppetto after they escape from inside him...but as the book "The Encyclopedia of Disney Characters" puts it, if someone lit a fire inside you, you probably wouldn't be very happy with them either.
  • Ear Worm: The soundtrack has remained in public conscience for over 75 years now, and not just the film's Bootstrapped Theme.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Stromboli, mainly due to the over-the-top hamminess of the voice actor. Even contemporary critics at the time lauded him for being able to be hilarious ("Constantiople!") and just as terrifying ("Firewood!").
    • Figaro proved to be so popular that he starred in a series of theatrical shorts in the 1940s, mainly against Pluto.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: There's a fair following around the two animal villains in the Japanese fandom. Foulfellow being as cunning and as handsome as he is might've helped. As well as being voiced by Yasuo Yamada! Gideon is often paired with him to some degree.
  • Genius Bonus: One of the possible translations of the name Gideon means "feller of trees", Pinocchio is made of wood after all.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • When the first scene of the film fades in after the opening credits, if you look to the left of where Jiminy is sitting and singing, two other tales can be seen in the background: Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan, both of which Disney would later adapt into animated films as well.
    • Jiminy was originally designed to look more like a real cricket, with toothed legs and waving antenna, but Walt didn't think that looked appealing enough. 58 years later, Disney managed to create a cricket with that design and make him look cute.
    • The Red Lobster Inn.
  • Jerkass Woobie: It's really hard not to feel sorry for Lampwick after he becomes one of the Coachman's many victims.
  • Ho Yay: Like it or not, Pinocchio/Lampwick (a.k.a Pinocchwick) is becoming a rather popular ship. Due to their ages, it also counts as Toy Ship.
    • There are people who notice their interactions in the film and they tend to point out the certain moments that screamed Opposites Attract, hence this pairing. Pinocchio clearly looks up to him and Lampwick seems to be enjoying the attention. Some like how his bad boy quality played off on Pinocchio's innocence. Make of that what you will. Oh, wait...never mind.
    • It doesn't help that Lampwick's original name in the novel was said to be 'Romeo'.
    • Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket is another example. This scene in particular when he gets angry at Lampwick.
    Pinocchio: Don't hurt him, Jiminy. He's my best friend.
    Jiminy: Your best friend!? And what am I? Just your conscience!?
  • Memetic Mutation:
  • Memetic Molester: The Coachman. Many viewers took note of his "They never come back...AS BOYS!" and how he wants to take "stupid little boys" to a place called Pleasure Island.
  • Moe: Pinocchio, being crafted to resemble a young boy and being very innocent and naive, is probably the most adorable marionette ever.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The Coachman crosses this when he turns all the boys into donkeys and sells them to the Salt Mines, Circus, etc.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: "You have no strings, your arms is free, to love me by the Zuider Zee"
  • Narm: It's difficult to take the SNES game seriously because of all the ridiculous sound effects!
  • Nausea Fuel: When Pinocchio inhales the whole cigar with one breath, and first turns red and then green.
  • Once Acceptable Targets: Honest John briefly mentions that Stromboli is a Gypsy. His visual design also makes him look like a Greedy Jew.
  • Padding: The movie uses every single opportunity to delay our characters getting out of Geppetto's worshop and any action on their part will be prolonged to a ridiculous degree, such as Figaro shutting the window, Geppetto looking around the room with a gun in his hand or Pinocchio's finger catching on a candle's fire.
  • Uncanny Valley: Pinocchio's human form, if you're used to seeing him as a puppet.
  • We All Live in America: A poor 19th century Italian clockmaker keeps a gun under his pillow and is apparently fully proficient in using it.
  • The Woobie:
    • Geppetto. Seriously, he first desperately looks for his kid, then he get swallowed along Figaro and Cleo in the belly of a whale where he risks to die starving.
    • Pinocchio. The poor kid's naivety leads him to some really awful situations.