From the Original Story
- Anvilicious: A really big book dedicated to teach: If you're a disobedient boy, you will be bound, tortured and killed. It has other teachings about good behaviour that are not subtle.
- Jerkass Woobie: Pinocchio.
- Moral Event Horizon: The Coachman/The Little Man is beyond the line because of what he does to children.
- Never Live It Down: Pinocchio is best known for growing a nose when lying, but he wasn't an obsessive liar. He lied in few instances. He is known as a symbol of lying, although he does not qualify as a liar.
- Saved by the Fans: Pinocchio. He was going to die hanged by the Fox and the Cat.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Well, needed. The moral of "if you don't study, you'll become a donkey'' needed to be dropped because when Collodi published it, the percentage of analphabets was really high.
- What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: It has its moments of this, like when Pinocchio was hanged by the Fox and the Cat.
- The Woobie: Geppetto, because of his poverty and his son's misdeeds.
From the Film
- Awesome Music: "What Are We Made Of?" by Brian May and Sissel
- Complete Monster: Lorenzini manipulates and degrades Geppetto so he can get his hands on Pinocchio. When that backfires, he re-compensates his losses by luring all the boys in the village to his amusement park and turns them into donkeys, selling them to circuses and planning to skin one for its hide. He threatens to turn Pinocchio into firewood and tries to turn all the boys against him. After turning into the Sea Monster, Lorenzini swallows both Pinocchio and Gepetto out of spite.
- Critical Dissonance: The film was poorly received by critics, but was adored by audiences.
- Crowning Momentof Funny: The local singer is constantly told to "put a sock in it". At one point, a sock lands in his mouth. Pepe notes in the end that he "ate a lot of socks".
- Crowning Momentof Heartwarming: "You're going to kill yourself for one of your puppets?"
Gepetto: He's my son.
"But you are real to me, my son. You are real to me."
- In the end, Pinocchio tells Geppetto that he's sorry he couldn't be a real boy. Gepetto's response?
- Evil Is Cool: As horrible as he is, you have to admit that Lorenzini is an amazing villain for a kid's film.
- Evil Is Sexy: Felinet, with her sultry voice and heaving bosom.
- Jerkass Woobie: Volpe is far from a god person, but you've got to feel bad for how easily he gets pushed around by Felinet, who herself is a pushover for Lorenzini. Then there's that moment where he admits to missing his father.
- Lampwick. After treating Pinocchio like crap, he begins to warm up to him, only to be turned into a donkey. If being nice to the kid he bullied only tunred him into a donkey, then what would have turned into if he was still mean to Pinocchio?
- Moe: Pinocchio's eyes are huge.
- Moral Event Horizon: Lorenzini crossed it when it was revealed that he had no qualms burning the puppets Geppetto had so lovingly crafted.
- Nightmare Fuel: The Sea Monster. Our first glimpse of it is a big black shape lurking right under Pinocchio's boat as we hear a familiar leitmotif playing. When Pinocchio looks over the edge, we get a bird's-eye view of how massive it is. Then there's the occasional glimpse at its face, which looks twisted and cruel.
- Tearjerker: Gepetto being forced to surrender Pinocchio to Lorenzini. He has to yell at the poor kid to get him to leave. The fact that Geppetto had to immediately turn away and clench his eyes just makes it unbearable to watch.
- What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Rob Schneider is...A Fox! Rated PG-13.