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.
  • 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.
  • Awesome Art: The Animation! There's a reason this is considered one of Walt Disney's better works. Monstro's animation is considered one of, if not the, greatest pieces of animation ever created.
    • The backgrounds are all masterful works of illustration and layout in it of themselves. Every single one of them is overflowing with detail and texture, from the opening shot of the town square to the knick-knacks on Geppetto's bedside table.
  • Awesome Music: The whole soundtrack can count, but special mention goes to "When You Wish Upon a Star". That one song was so good, it became Disney's de facto theme song. The song and score both won Oscars.
  • 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 laces the cigars and beer of the children with a substance that transforms the children 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. Though an early Disney villain, the Coachman was easily one of the most vile.
  • Crossover Ship: Jiminy and Tinker Bell. It's not as cute as it sounds.
  • 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 70 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!").
    "I WILL POOOSH YOU IN DE PUBLIC'S EYE!"
    • 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: It's really hard not to feel sorry for Lampwick after he becomes one of the Coachman's many victims.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The Red Lobster Inn.
  • 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:
  • 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.
  • Uncanny Valley: Pinocchio's human form, if you're used to seeing him as a puppet.
  • 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.

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