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For the characters from the original story see The Adventures of Pinocchio.

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Voiced by: Dickie Jones, June Foray (1954 read-along book, 1955 American Motors commerical), Peter Westy (Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Kevin Brando (Disneyland), Elijah Wood (education series), Michael Welch (House of Mouse), Seth Adkins (Geppetto, Kingdom Hearts), Elan Garfias (Kinect Disneyland Adventures), Nick Carson (Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance); Joseph Ricci (Mickey Mouse (2013)); Mark Lesser (European French dub)

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.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Pinocchio's appearance as a puppet is far cuter in this movie than in the illustrations of the original book.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: His literary counterpart was little more than a Bratty Half-Pint and a Jerkass, although he gets better by the end. Here, Pinocchio is little more than an innocent and easily misguided Cheerful Child.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: He's a puppet that can move on his own.
  • Artificial Family Member: Crafted out of wood by Geppetto who treated him like a son. The Blue Fairy can also be seen as his mother since she gave him life.
  • Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Oooh, a candle...
  • Badass Adorable: He is implied to be the only child to have ever escaped the Coachman's clutches.
  • Become a Real Boy: His main goal is to prove to the Blue Fairy that he deserves exactly this, which essentially makes him the Trope Namer.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's as cheerful and well-meaning in the SNES game as he is in the film, but he does kick the Coachman off a cliff.
  • Born as an Adult: Downplayed, as it's more along the lines of Born as a Young Child.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: Sets into motion a bid for freedom from their captor Monstro. His father warns him how mad this'll make the whale, and sure enough the pursuing monster does all he can to not let him escape, alive. Pinocchio ends up killed as a result of escaping from Monstro.
  • Character Development: Once he is given life by the Blue Fairy, Pinocchio acts his age; he is very whimsical, childlike, naive, and impressionable. Because of his youthful ignorance, he can be seen as rather mischievous and often lands himself into trouble, albeit unintentionally. This is seen several times throughout the film, and the trait, unfortunately, makes Pinocchio an easy pawn in the schemes or motivations of various antagonists. Even so, as the film progresses, Pinocchio notably learns from experiences and takes them into account; eventually becoming selfless, sensible, brave, and obtaining impressive leadership qualities.
  • Constantly Curious: Try to explain a simple concept like sleeping to Pinocchio, and he will ask "why" until there are no explanations left.
  • The Cutie: While the film explores the wrong-doings he does, it's for the most part founded by naïveté, Horrible Judge of Character, and ignorance as opposed to true malice. Once he realizes what he had done was wrong, he feels regretful, and by the end of the film, he's definitely a full-fledged cutie as he pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to save his father.
  • Despair Event Horizon: In one children's book based on the film, after his adventure in Pleasure Island he becomes depressed and starts to despair of ever becoming a real boy after that... and then a message comes in informing him about Geppetto.
  • Determinator: Towards the film's climax, he faced off against a whale as big as a castle to protect his father.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Due to being a puppet.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He sacrifices himself to help his father Geppetto. A feat that proves his worth to become a real boy.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: What typically gets him into trouble. He seems to think he can trust absolutely everyone he comes across. Worse yet, he often trusts people that he's well aware have double crossed him before.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Blue eyes to match his friendly, naive personality.
  • Kid Hero: He's the main protagonist.
  • Made of Good: Made by the kindly Geppetto, and brought to life by the good Blue Fairy, there isn't a drop of malice in him. Pinocchio's problem is he lacks the wisdom to know right from wrong.
  • Meaningful Name: Pinocchio's name means "Pine Seed" in Italian. This means that he is definitely made of pine wood, and the Blue Fairy also calls him "little puppet made of pine" before bringing him to life. Even the full version of the song "Little Wooden Head" describes him as made of pine!
  • Morality Pet: To Lampwick; the young delinquent may have been a bad influence on Pinocchio, but he did genuinely like him. He seems to consider Pinocchio a true friend of his.
  • Nice Guy: Happy-go-lucky, brave, innocent, sweet, and carefree.
  • Nice Hat: Never seen without his hat; it's a yellow one with a red feather.
  • Outside-the-Box Tactic: He employs a plan crazy enough to work towards the end.
  • Papa Wolf: Inverted. Pinocchio sacrifices his life to get his father to safety, away from Monstro.
  • Pinocchio Nose: Trope Namer, Pinocchio's nose increasing in size whenever he lies.
  • Pinocchio Syndrome: Trope Namer and Trope Codifier. He's a puppet who wants to be a real boy.
  • Primary-Color Champion: He wears a a yellow hat with a red feather, bright red short overalls with yellow buttons, and a light yellow shirt. He also wears a big blue bow tie. And he's the titular main protagonist.
  • Protagonist Title: He's the main character in the movie, which is named after him.
  • Pyromaniac: Granted, it was a necessity to escape Monstro's clutches, but crazily surreal considering he's made of wood.
  • Sole Survivor: He is the only survivor from the Coachman.


    Jiminy Cricket
Voiced by: Cliff Edwards, Hal Smith (Read Along Book), Eddie Carroll (1973-2010), Phil Snyder (2010-2014), Joe Ochman (currently)
Dubbed by: Roger Carel (European French)

A homeless cricket who takes the job of being Pinocchio's conscience, giving him moral advice... which is usually ignored.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The Cricket in the book is not as cheerful and pleasant as this version; the former was rather blunt when scolding Pinocchio.
  • Adaptation Relationship Overhaul: The relationship between Pinocchio and the Cricket was mostly distant, but in this film they are very close.
  • Ascended Extra: In the original story, he was a nameless cricket who was squashed by the title character early, appeared later as a ghost and had two more appearances after that. In the Disney version, he was given the name Jiminy Cricket and promoted to narrator.
  • Berserk Button: He gets furious when Lampwick calls him a grasshopper.
  • Breakout Character: He has become a representative of Disney second only to Mickey himself, and about on par with Tinker Bell.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Starts name-calling Monstro "blubbermouth" and "big moose". Monstro doesn't even notice him.
  • Character Development: Prior to meeting Pinocchio, Jiminy was sort of a realist and did not believe in fairy tales and wishes. Of course, after the adventure with him and the little wooden boy, Jiminy's view of the world changed greatly.
  • Charlie Brown Baldness: Some shots show him to have two strands of hair under his hat, loosely resembling the antennae of an actual cricket.
  • 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.
  • The Cynic: Averted. Even at the start of the film, where you would expect him to be weary and downtrodden given that he's essentially homeless, his dismissal of wishes and fairy tales are counterbalanced by his genuine feeling that Geppetto's wish is still "a very lovely thought," and his Cuteness Proximity with a not-yet-alive Pinocchio. He starts off as a realist at worst.
  • A Day in the Limelight: He's a pivotal character in Fun and Fancy Free.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: At the end of the film, after Pinocchio turns into a real boy, he steps out to thank the Blue Fairy, who rewards him with a solid gold badge declaring him an official conscience.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: By his own admission, Jiminy used to be one. Then Pinocchio came to life, and he starts believing more and more in the fantastic from that point onwards.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: One of many contributions to making him not look like an actual cricket.
  • Fully Dressed Cartoon Animal: First in ragged street clothes, then in a dapper black tux for the remainder of the film.
  • Homeless Hero: Jiminy Cricket starts out as a drifter, dressed in shabby clothes, sneaking into Geppetto's shop to warm himself by the fire.
  • Honest Advisor: Acts like this to Pinocchio.
  • Informed Species: Ward Kimball started by envisioning him looking like an actual cricket, but was told by Disney to make him cute, so he slowly whittled away at any and all cricket-like appendages until Jiminy became, in Kimball's words, "a little man with an egg head and no ears. And the only thing that makes him a cricket is because we call him one."
  • Mars Needs Women: Jiminy seems to have a preference for human(ish) women.
  • Meaningful Name: "Jiminy Crickets!" was a common Gosh Dang It to Heck! version of saying "Jesus Christ!" at that time (Disney had even used it that way before, in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). It's meaningful because Jiminy's job is to give moral guidance to Pinocchio and protect him from temptation, just like Jesus does for Christians.
  • Morality Chain: As Pinocchio's conscience, it's his job to guide him along the straight and narrow.
  • Named by the Adaptation: He was just "the talking cricket" in the book.
  • Nice Guy: Being an official conscience, Jiminy is rather wise and optimistic. He can be a bit aggressive when upset, but means well.
  • Nice Hat: His top hat.
  • Not So Above It All: For all his attempts to keep Pinocchio on the straight and narrow, he's shown to have some problems with keeping his own Pride and Lust under control. His first question when being assigned to be Pinocchio'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.
  • Oh, Crap!: His reaction when he realizes the horrible secret behind Pleasure Island's donkeys.
    Jiminy: Boys...? So that's what- PINOCCHIO!!!
  • Only Sane Man: He serves as the voice of reason for Pinocchio, but he's often ignored.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He is a constant source of Bathos throughout the film, which is said to be the key to making the film work as a whole.
  • Precision F-Strike: During his Screw This, I'm Outta Here! moment... and that was before the Analogy Backfire made him realize what was happening to the boys on Pleasure Island.
    Jiminy Cricket: Ha, ha, ha! Go on, laugh! Make a jackass out of yourself! I'm through! This is the end!
  • 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.
  • Snarky Non-Human Sidekick: Considered by many to be not only the first non-human Disney sidekick in a long line of many, but also the first wisecracking sidekick who used (what was at the time) modern humor and colloquialisms.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: More or less. In the book he's killed early on, squashed with a mallet by an annoyed Pinocchio, but then reappears as a ghost, and then has two other appearances where he's a living cricket again. This never happens in the movie.
  • Species Surname: Jiminy Cricket. He is (ostensibly) a cricket, so it's expected.
  • Undying Loyalty: Even though he sometimes gets exasperated by Pinocchio, he doesn't hesitate to follow him into whatever dangers he ends up in.
    Jiminy: I might be live bait down there, but I'm with you!
  • Walking the Earth: Was this prior to finding Geppetto's workshop.

Voiced by: Christian Rub, Tony Pope (1992-2002), Jeff Bennett (2004 - current); Teddy Bilis (European French dub)

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.

  • Adaptational Badass: A subtle one. In the original Italian story of Pinocchio, Geppetto was depicted as a woodcarver on hard times, so poor that he can't even afford wood for a fire, so he paints one in his fireplace! Here, he is a Gadgeteer Genius when it comes to woodcarving and it's never once implied to be having financial troubles.
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Here, he is a full-on Nice Guy. In the book, Geppetto, while still a loving father, was more of a Grumpy Old Man.
  • Adaptational Wealth: The Geppetto of the books was notoriously poor, to the point of not even having logs for fireplaces or having to forfeit his only jacket to buy Pinocchio a schoolbook. This Geppetto has a much more decent livelihood as the many machines on his house show.
  • Bumbling Dad: Downplayed. He's a bit absent-minded but is still a caring and devoted to his son.
  • Composite Character: His red nose comes from Antonio a.k.a Master Cherry.
  • Cool Old Guy: Geppetto is a genius woodcarver and also appears to have some musical talent, as he not only creates a number of music boxes, but is seen playing a concertina. He is also a kind man who enjoys bringing happiness to others.
  • Doomed Defeatist: He's tried and failed to escape Monstro so many times, he's convinced himself it's impossible, even in the face of his son's determination and optimism. He only sees an opportunity to escape when Pinocchio starts smashing some furniture for firewood, and even then he's skeptical at first that it'll work.
  • For Happiness: All his life Geppetto has brought so much happiness to others, the Blue Fairy herself admitted he deserved to have his own wish granted.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: If even half of the objects in his workshop are his creations, then he is truly a master of miniature mechanics and clockwork.
  • Good Parents: 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.
  • The Hermit: He lives alone with his kitten Figaro and goldfish Cleo.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Disney was actually not sure how to design Geppetto until after casting Christian Rub for the role.
  • Innocent Blue Eyes: Bright, blue eyes with a kind soul.
  • Kindhearted Cat Lover: He has a kitten named Figaro, whom he does love, although early on, he uses the not-yet-brought-to-life Pinocchio to playfully torment the kitten.
  • Nice Guy: His kindness and generosity get him noticed by the Blue Fairy.
  • Papa Wolf: He searches everywhere for his missing son, though he ironically manages to put himself in greater harm's way and now needs rescuing himself.
  • Pietà Plagiarism : In at least book version of the film, a distraught Geppetto cradles Pinocchio's lifeless body after the deadly escape from Monstro.
  • Smart People Wear Glasses: Geppetto wears glasses and is a genius woodcarver.
  • Truly Single Parent: He carved Pinocchio out of wood, so he definitely qualifies.

Voiced by: Mel Blanc, Clarence Nash, Frank Welker

Figaro is Pinocchio and Geppetto's pet cat. Outside of Pinocchio, he's also Minnie Mouse's pet cat.

  • Adapted Out: While Pinocchio, Geppetto, Cleo and Jiminy are present in the Kingdom Hearts series, for some reason, Figaro is not, though he did show up in the manga.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Here, he's a rather spoiled but still adorable Jerk with a Heart of Gold. In the shorts, he becomes more of a malicious Jerkass. And then...
  • Adaptational Nice Guy: Starting in Mickey's Once Upon a Christmas, Figaro starts acting sweeter and nicer compared to his Jerkass behavior in the film and his shorts. This is especially notable in Minnie's Bow-Toons and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.
  • Ascended Extra: To a lesser extent than Jiminy Cricket. He is based off an unnamed cat that Geppetto had in the book, which was mentioned when Pinocchio lost his feet. In the film, he has a name and a larger role in several scenes, although, unlike Jiminy Cricket, he's still a secondary character.
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Non-anthro example, being a rambunctious kitten.
  • Breakout Character: Again, just like Jiminy, though obviously not to the same degree. Figaro is one of the earliest Disney characters to gain popularity next to Donald Duck that don't feature Mickey. After Pinocchio, Figaro got his own series of shorts in the mid-40's along with Pluto.
  • Cats Are Mean: Downplayed. While not mean, he does become very impatient around dinner time while Geppetto is worrying about Pinocchio. He tells Cleo and Figaro to not eat until he gets back. When he leaves, Figaro decides to start eating until Cleo reminds him they can't eat until their owner arrives. Figaro remembers this and once again tries to eat but then turns frustrated and folds both his arms with an angry expression.
  • Cute Kitten: One of the earliest Disney cats minus the kittens from Three Orphan Kittens, and the earliest from the Disney Animated Canon itself.
  • Good Angel, Bad Angel: Yes, even Figaro has his version at least in the "Figaro & Frankie" short. Unlike Pluto or Donald, Figaro has a male angel while the bad angel isn't present. Possibly because the bad angel is already controlling Figaro's mind and thoughts.
  • Jealous Pet: He's initially jealous of the attentions of Geppetto when Pinocchio was made, but later grows to love the boy as family.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Spoiled and temperamental, but affectionate towards Geppetto and can also be nice.
  • Named by the Adaptation: In the book, Geppetto did have a cat, but it didn't have a name.
  • Shout-Out: Appropriately for an Italian cat, he's named after a famous opera character.
  • Silent Snarker: While he isn't silent, he does express emotions around Pinocchio, Cleo and Geppetto.
  • Single Tear: Figaro cries a single tear twice: the first time occurs while he, Cleo, and Geppetto are trapped inside the whale while starving to death, and the second time occurs during Pinocchio's Disney Death.
  • Spoiled Brat: His supervising animator, Eric Larson, envisioned him as having the personality of a 4-year-old boy.
  • Yellow Eyes of Sneakiness: Downplayed. The eyes were likely to help evoke the stereotype of cunning cats, but Figaro himself is generally not particularly crafty.


Pinocchio and Geppetto's pet goldfish.

  • Canon Foreigner: Unlike Jiminy and Figaro, she has no literary counterpart.
  • Foil: To Figaro. This is most notable in the "Figaro and Cleo" short.
  • Gender-Blender Name: Her name can also be a male's name.
  • Nice Girl: Affectionate, innocent, sweet, and loyal.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: She's a very cute-looking and feminine goldfish.
  • Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: She has what appears to be lipstick and eyeshadow.
  • The Voiceless: She often reacts or responds to a situation through silent smiles and water twirls, though we do hear a content sigh when she lies down to go to sleep, as well as coughing noises after Geppetto dips Pinocchio's burning finger into her bowl.

    Blue Fairy
Voiced by: Evelyn Venable, Rosalyn Landor (1999 - current); Évelyn Séléna (European French dub)

The Fairy who brings Pinocchio to life. She also aids Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket throughout their adventures, both directly and from afar.

  • 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 and headband are blue.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: A beautiful fairy who's equally beautiful on the inside.
  • Big Good: Fulfills Geppetto's wish merely because of his selfless and caring personality, following with her encouraging Pinocchio to choose the path of good if he wishes to become a real boy. In a later scene, she also scolds Pinocchio for lying, saying that one lie will lead to another and a good person should be honest.
  • Blue Is Heroic: She is the Blue Fairy and acts as the Big Good.
  • Demoted to Extra: Her role in the film is significantly downplayed in favor of Jiminy Cricket's compared to the book.
  • Deus ex Machina: She helps Pinocchio out twice after bringing him to life, first by magically unlocking Stromboli's cage, and then delivering a note on Geppetto's fate after he comes back from Pleasure Island. The first instance is consistent with the book, while the second was suggested by Frank Thomas for the sake of quickly informing Pinocchio where his father was.
  • Fairy Godmother: She is a magical being who, fulfilling Geppetto's wish, transforms Pinocchio into a living creature and later into a real boy.
  • Fairy Sexy: A slender fair-skinned blonde that wears an elegant glittery blue dress. When she offers the position of conscience to Jiminy Cricket, he is somewhat dumbstruck by her beauty. Additionally, she was modeled after Jean Harlow, noted blonde bombshell of the era.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: When Geppetto wishes Pinocchio to be a real boy, she simply gives the puppet life, but this is not a case of a Literal Genie. This wish now involves two people, not just one. In order to be real, Pinocchio has to earn it for himself.
  • Good Is Not Soft:
    The Blue Fairy: A boy who won't be good, might just as well be made of wood.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Blonde, beautiful, angelic.
  • Nice Girl: Due to her role as the Big Good, she has a kind and pure heart.
  • Our Fairies Are Different: She appears as a full sized woman with exceptionally large wings. Naturally, she's dressed in blue.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Jiminy Cricket is not very good at disguising his attraction towards her.
  • Supernatural Aid: In the original story, the puppet came to life of his own accord.
  • True Blue Femininity: Her hair in the novel, and her dress and headband in the film.


    John Worthington Foulfellow (a.k.a. Honest John)
Voiced by: Walter Catlett, Alan Dinehart (Christmas Carol), Corey Burton (Disney on Ice), Randy Crenshaw (Legacy Collection); Michel Roux (European French dub)

A sly anthropomorphic red fox and one of the antagonists. A professional con artist who tricks Pinocchio twice in the film.

  • Adaptational Karma: Inverted. In the book, the Fox and the Cat end up in misery, but in this film, Honest John and Gideon are apparently left to continue their life of con artistry. (Although if the book "Mouse of Glass" is to be believed, at one point he and Gideon were going to get theirs, but the scene got abandoned while still in the planning stage.)
  • Adaptation Personality Change: In the album An Adaptation of Dickens' Christmas Carol, Performed by The Walt Disney Players, he and Gideon are the money collectors that visit Scrooge at the beginning of the story, when the canon versions would only do such a thing as a scam charity. It's no wonder that Mickey's Christmas Carol replaced them in those roles with Rat and Mole.
  • All There in the Manual: His actual name, J. Worthington Foulfellow, is only used in the original theatrical trailer. In the film, he is just called "Honest John".
  • Amusing Injuries: Getting his head jammed within his own squashed hat.
  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: He wears spats, but no shoes.
  • The Barnum: He is a natural at what he does which goes from lying and swindling to selling into slavery.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: With Monstro, the Coachman, and Stromboli.
  • Book Dumb: Not very educated, but certainly Street Smart. For someone who is not even able to spell "Pinocchio", he's fairly smart and clever.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: He and Gideon are a pair of comedic henchmen who work first for Stromboli, then for the Coachman.
  • Cunning Like a Fox: As to be expected from a cartoon one.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's perfectly fine with conning small children out of their money and freedom, and if one scene is to be believed, with doing hits as well. However, when the Coachman mentions taking young boys to Pleasure Island, he's absolutely horrified. And when the Coachman assures them that the boys won't return as themselves and makes a Nightmare Face for emphasis, the fox cowers in fear. But as John and Gideon realize, they're now too far into the Coachman's proposition to back out now.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Jiminy Cricket. While Jiminy's role is to keep Pinocchio on a straight and narrow path as his conscience, Honest John tricks the wooden boy to step from that path, with Jiminy lampshading this when he calls the fox the temptation he warned Pinocchio about.
  • Evil Duo: The clever, cunning partner of the Dumb Muscle Gideon.
  • False Friend: To Pinocchio. He even lampshades this to the Coachman at the tavern.
    Honest John: And the dummy fell for it! Hook, line, and sinker! And he still thinks we're his friends.
  • Faux Affably Evil: As to be expected from a conman.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Something not particularly weird for anthropomorphic animals.
  • The Heavy: He's the one responsible for bringing Pinocchio into conflict with all the other villains except for Monstro.
  • Ironic Name: He is nicknamed "Honest John", but isn't even remotely honest. Averted with his last name.
  • Karma Houdini: He doesn't receive any punishment for conning children for personal gain. A cut sequence had him and Gideon get caught after encountering Pinocchio a third time.
  • Large Ham: Honest John's flamboyant gesturing.
  • Loveable Rogue: Downplayed. He is cool and charming enough to be likable, but he's clearly not supposed to be a sympathetic character.
  • Meaningful Name: J. Worthington Foulfellow.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Honest John and Gideon were only known as "the Fox and the Cat" (originally "the Cat and the Fox") in the book.
  • Nice Hat: An old top hat.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: His life as a Con Man consists of strolling around in the streets with his stooge, looking for easy pickings from easy to fool suckers and not unlike his enticing song to Pinocchio looking above all for the chance to make it big be it from random victims to shady employers.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: The fact that he insists on calling himself "Honest John" should raise some red flags as to his actual level of honesty.
  • Villain Song: "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee". It's cheerful, but it's sung by Honest John to convince Pinocchio to work for Stromboli. It also has the unique distinction of being the first Disney villain song in the Disney Animated Canon!
  • Villainous Friendship: With his Bumbling Sidekick Gideon, obviously. Also, both of them appear to be on friendly terms with the Coachman, and probably with Stromboli as well.

Voiced by: Mel Blanc (hiccups, Lux Radio Theatre), Alan Dinehart (Christmas Carol)

Honest John's mute and crafty anthropomorphic feline sidekick.

  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: Like his boss.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Rare male example.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be dim and goofy, but he is also a brute whose answer to everything is to whack it with his mallet.
  • Bumbling Henchmen Duo: He and Honest John are a pair of comedic henchmen first to Stromboli, then to the Coachman; though Gideon is the one who does the majority of the bumbling.
  • Bumbling Sidekick: To Honest John.
  • Cats Are Mean: Gideon is a cat and, like his boss, a bad guy, though a violent vagabond and low-life without the craftiness usually associated with his species.
  • Evil Duo: The dumb, bumbling, violence-prone sidekick to the clever, cunning Honest John.
  • Furry Confusion: He's a fully anthropomorphic clothes-wearing cat, in the same film as the slightly anthropomorphic yet much more realistic pet kitten Figaro.
  • The Illegible: When he writes out a 'Doctor's report' on Pinocchio, it's just a bunch of scribbled and zigzagging lines.
  • Karma Houdini: Like Honest John, he suffers no consequences for trying to ruin Pinocchio’s life twice.
  • Named by the Adaptation: Honest John and Gideon were known as "the Fox and the Cat" (originally "the Cat and the Fox") in the book.
  • Nice Hat: Like John, he wears an old top hat. And like John's, its quite worn out adding to the implication that they are not quite as gentlemanly as they try to pretend they are.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Resembles Harpo Marx in appearance and mannerisms.
  • The Silent Bob: Apart from his three hiccups, Gideon is mute. He is a bit more vocal in the Lux Radio Theatre production, but even then it's only some drunken giggles.
  • Simpleton Voice: In the "Disney On Parade" shows, Gideon has a dimwitted voice.
  • Smash Mook: He wields an enormous mallet. Too bad it's only good for hitting Honest John on the head.
  • The Speechless: He was originally meant to be voiced by Mel Blanc, but in the end, all of his dialogue was cut, and ultimately, Blanc's only contribution to a Disney movie was a hiccup.
  • Suddenly Speaking: In the Disney on Parade shows from the late 1960s and eaely 1979s. Gideon is able to speak full sentences and has his own lyrics for "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee".
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Either he clobbers someone, or John clobbers him for trying to. It's not his fault that he doesn't have the intelligence to think of other subtler options, other than getting what he wants through brute force.
  • 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 it's about to fail.

Voiced by: Charles Judels, Thurl Ravenscroft (Disney on Parade), Ray Templin (Disneyland); Pierre Garin (European French dub)

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

A large, sinister, bearded Italian puppet-maker who forces Pinocchio to perform onstage in order to make money.


    The Coachman
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"They never come BOYS."
Voiced by: Charles Judels, Ray Templin (Disneyland); Pierre Collet (European French dub)

The devious and sadistic owner and operator of Pleasure Island, who enjoys turning unruly boys into donkeys.

  • Fat Bastard: Exaggerated. He's not just fat and mean, he's obese and evil.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Far more so than Honest John and Gideon.
  • Four-Fingered Hands: Overlapping with Ambiguously Human, his four fingers distinguishes him from the other human characters.
  • Glamour Failure: Most of the time, he appears as a chubby, mostly harmless-looking Englishman, but when he tells Honest John and Gideon that the law won't be a problem and utters his famous line, the glamour drops and what comes out will scare you shitless.
  • Greed: His main motivation for selling donkeys into slavery.
  • Hate Sink: A ruthless and terrifying child kidnapper who lures children to his Amusement Park of Doom, Pleasure Island, where they transform into donkeys and never hear from their loved ones again. And the worst part is that, unlike other Disney villains, he never gets punished for his actions.
  • Humanoid Abomination: He looks human at first glance, but he only possesses Four-Fingered Hands, and his Nightmare Face implies he's something terrible trying to look the part but missing out on a few minor details.
  • Jerkass: One of the absolute worst ones in Disney. He takes delight in ruining children's lives and acts nasty to everyone who isn't a fellow criminal.
  • Karma Houdini: The Coachman is probably still out there, turning naughty boys into donkeys. Though you do get to fight him and give him a Disney Villain Death in the SNES game, and a Mickey Mouse comic does portray his island as decrepit (presumably beyond repair), as well as conspicuously absent while other villains show up.
  • Karmic Death: As mentioned in Adaptational Karma, Pinocchio and one of the boys who was turned to a donkey cause him to lose his footing and fall to his death in the video game; a fitting death for someone who tried to ruin Pinocchio and the other young boys’ lives out of pure greed and sadism.
  • Knight of Cerebus: While Honest John, Gideon, and Stromboli only want wealth at the end of the day, the Coachman is a devilish slavedriver who runs an amusement park that magically turns young boys who use the attractions into donkeys. The ones that lose their voices are then sold to salt mines and circuses. As for the ones who can still talk... well, they're penned up on Pleasure Island, presumably until they are fully transformed. And he gets away with it, too! Which is unique, considering every other villain falls to the hero. It is also implied from his Nightmare Face that he isn't completely human. This may be because of his choice of targets: Bad boys who should be at school, making him some karmic boogeyman.
  • Knight Templar: It's possible that to him, he's punishing his donkeys for being naughty little boys, albeit with no mercy.
  • Lack of Empathy: He never shows pity or compassion for his victims. When poor Alexander begs to be set free, the Coachman nonchalantly and very harshly throws him in the pen with the other donkeys who can still talk. Then the other donkeys beg him to be sent home, crying that they "don't want to be donkeys," but he viciously cracks his whip and shouts to be quiet.
  • Nice Hat: The only "nice" thing about him, apparently.
  • Nightmare Face: One for the ages, and it comes out of freaking nowhere. Red with a Slasher Smile and unnaturally huge eyes, it instantly turns the Coachman from a merely cunning human into something utterly demonic, and it will scare the living shit out of you — even 80 years later.
  • Precision F-Strike: When ordering his guards to secure the island with every one of his current victims inside.
    The Coachman: Give a bad boy enough rope, and 'e'll soon make a jackass of 'imself... [cue the Evil Laugh]
  • Sadist: He takes great pleasure in turning innocent children (such as "The Stupid Little Boys") into donkeys, enjoying their pain with whipping them, and also selling them into slavery.
  • Satanic Archetype: The Coachman may or may not be a demon. He tempts little boys to live a sinful life, then imprisons them forever. Just as the Blue Fairy rewards people for their good deeds, he punishes them for their misdeeds. And of course, there's his Four-Fingered Hands and the devilish Nightmare Face.
  • Slasher Smile: "They never come back... as BOYS!!!" You'd think, merely reading that line, that it would be pure Narm, but what emerges in place of the Coachman's human face makes it nothing short of terrifying.
  • Slavery Is a Special Kind of Evil: His plan to turn the transformed donkeys into slaves is the most frightening thing about the film.
  • The Sociopath: He has no sense of guilt or empathy, right or wrong, and is very manipulative and cruel.
  • Sudden Name Change: Is referred to as "Barker" in the film's subtitles when the boys he brought to Pleasure Island run through the entrance. However, the subtitles refer to him as "Coachman" again when he and his mooks start to round the now-transformed boys into crates headed for either the salt mines or the circus.
  • A Taste of the Lash: He whips his own minions as well as his helpless, frightened victims.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Part of what makes this character so terrifying by Disney villain standards is that he basically looks like a normal, grandfatherly old man. There's no clear visual indication of his supernatural nature until he makes his Nightmare Face.
  • Undisclosed Funds: Money is no object to him, and promises to pay John and Gideon well for delivering bad boys to him.
  • Vile Villain, Saccharine Show: He turns children into donkeys for his own benefit. Granted, Stromboli is pretty mean too and Monstro is scary, but neither can match the Coachman for pure evil.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: He's a white-haired and pure evil child kidnapper.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He arranges for naughty little boys to be turned into donkeys and sells the ones who can't talk anymore into slavery afterwards. God only knows what he's doing to the ones who can.

Voiced by: Frankie Darro, Clarence Nash; Jean-Francois Maurin (European French dub)

A naughty boy that Pinocchio befriends on his way to Pleasure Island.

  • Adaptational Jerkass: He was still a slacker with his studies in the novel and a disruptive influence in class according conversations between him and Pinocchio, but the movie greatly strengthens his more rebellious traits by having him engage in activies such as vandalism, destruction of property, playing pool, drinking, and smoking.
  • Adaptational Name Change: In the book, he was known as Lucignolo ('Candlewick'), and his real name was Romeo.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: Once he realizes he's turning into a donkey, he screams for help and pleads Pinocchio to "call that beetle, call anybody". He cries out for his mother just as he loses his voice.
  • And I Must Scream: Implied at the end, having completely turned into a donkey and lost his ability to speak, Lampwick is last seen on-screen braying hysterically and flees from Pinocchio to presumably be sold into slavery.
  • Anti-Role Model: Lampwick is a perfect example of the kind of child the Coachman is targeting.
  • Anti-Villain: Downplayed. Of all of the villains in the story, Lampwick is the least villainous of them all, being more of a bratty jerkass, and unlike the other antagonists, he genuinely likes Pinocchio and isn't trying to take advantage of him for personal gain.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Despite barely being a teenager, if that, Lampwick shows remarkable skill at pool, given the numerous trick-shots he plays. Makes you wonder how often he frequented bars.
  • Baleful Polymorph: Turned into a donkey.
  • Body Horror: Seeing his transformed face in the mirror instantly has him running about in a panic. When his hands turn into hooves and he's forced onto all fours, he screams for his mother to save him before losing his voice entirely. Terrified, he trashes the pool hall and flees the scene.
  • Brats with Slingshots: He's practicing using one on the Coachman's coach when he first meets Pinocchio, though we never see him actually use it (it should be noted that it is a traditional symbol of unthinking destructiveness).
  • The Corrupter: To Pinocchio. Lampwick gets him to start fights, smoke, break things, and play pool.
  • Delayed Reaction: He grows long ears, a tail, and a muzzle and all the while is completely oblivious to his transformation. It is theorized he was simply too intoxicated to notice these curious features appearing, and it is not until he accidentally brays that he realizes something is wrong. By the time he sees his reflection, it is far too late for him to stop the change.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He may have been a bad kid, but to be turned into a voiceless animal is certainly a cruel fate for his mischief.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Implied, as he cries out for his mother when he's turned into a donkey.
  • Evil Counterpart: To Pinocchio. While not exactly evil, Lampwick is a jerkass, Bratty Half-Pint version of the naïve, Nice Guy Pinocchio.
  • Evil Redhead: Although he isn't evil; just a Jerkass and all-around mischief-maker.
  • Famous Last Words: Right before he loses the last of his humanity;
    Lampwick: (To Pinocchio) Please! You gotta help me! Be a pal! Call that beetle, call anybody! (Watches his own hands turn into hooves) Mama?! (His voice turns into a bray} MAAAAAAAMAAAAAAA!!! (He falls to all fours, braying wildly and running about in a panic}
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Or rather, Ink-Suit Animator; he was designed as a self-caricature of his animator, Fred Moore.
  • I Want My Mommy!: The last thing that happens before he's turned into a donkey is calling for his mother.
  • Jerkass: Fitting for a young delinquent, he's a quite rude and obnoxious kid.
  • Jerkass to One: Despite being friendly to Pinocchio, he's a complete jerk to Jiminy Cricket.
  • Jerk Jock: In a way, as he was able to shoot a pool ball from an awkward angle and somehow was able to cause the cue ball to make a group of pool balls stack on top of each other.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's bratty and arrogant but he truly considers Pinocchio his friend. He even calls him a "pal" in one scene. Also, given his last words, he seems to love his mother as well.
  • Nice Hat: A bowler hat with a single feather in it.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his bratty nature, he does genuinely like Pinocchio.
  • Precision F-Strike: After Jiminy's Screw This, I'm Outta Here! moment, he delivers one peppered with Analogy Backfire just as it's starting to kick in.
    Lampwick: Hear that beetle talk, you'd think something was gonna happen to us! "Conscience"... phooey! Where's he get that stuff? "How do you ever expect to be a real boy?" What's he think I look like, a jackass?
    Pinocchio: You sure do!
  • Shadow Archetype: To Pinocchio. Lampwick represents what Pinocchio could be if he didn't have a conscience.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: Possibly. In the books, Lampwick dies from hunger and exhaustion after being overworked. We do not see his fate in the film.
  • Tempting Fate: "What's he think I look like, a jackass?"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Like the countless other naughty boys before him, he is easily lured by the promise of free food, alcohol, cigars, no school or parental authority, and endless fun at absolutely no charge. He doesn't even bat an eye when Pinocchio asks what happened to all of the other boys when the park has seemingly become deserted. He pays a huge price for having fallen for the Coachman's deceit, losing his humanity for his one night of reckless abandon.
  • Toxic Friend Influence: He encourages Pinocchio to behave much like the other children on Pleasure Island.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: It was never shown onscreen what happened to Lampwick after becoming a donkey, who was likely caught and sold by the evil Coachman, though it is also possible he escaped the island. In an earlier draft, he joins Pinocchio and Jiminy in their attempt to escape Pleasure Island, but gets captured by the Coachman's minions before making it out.

    Monstro the Whale
Voiced by: Thurl Ravenscroft

Monstro is an enormous whale and the antagonist in the third act.


"I wanna go home to my mama!"
Voiced by: Dickie Jones; Bernadette Lompret (European French dub)

He was a naughty boy who went to Pleasure Island. Like all of the other boys who went there, he did all kinds of bad behavior, such as fighting, smoking, drinking and gambling (to name a few).

  • Baleful Polymorph: The Coachman won't allow him to leave Pleasure Island, obviously as he can still talk, so he is doomed to wait in a pen until he loses his voice, then be sold into slavery with the other boys turned donkeys.
  • I Want My Mommy!: He cries out for her after being forced to reveal he can still talk, so the Coachman sends him off into a pen with the other boys who haven't yet turned completely into donkeys.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a troublemaker and that's exactly what got him into this mess, but he clearly loves his mother, as his crying out for her before being shut up in a pen clearly demonstrates.
  • Nice Hat: A white sailor hat.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Was intended as this, but it falls flat because his other scene didn't make the final cut. Originally, there was going to be a song during the ride to Pleasure Island where the bad boys, Alexander among them, would sing about how much fun they're going to have. Had this been kept, then when Jiminy reaches the dock and we learn that even this kid was turned into a donkey, the realization that Pinocchio's next would hit much harder. (It should be noted that he was voiced by an uncredited Dickie Jones, who was also the voice of Pinocchio.)
  • Shapeshifting Failure: He and several other boys can still talk despite being donkeys.
  • Uncertain Doom: We don't know if the boys who can talk will be able to talk indefinitely, or if they'll gradually lose all vestiges they were human. Either way, they'll be sold off to the salt mines, or the Coachman will keep them on Pleasure Island, to work the rest of their lives away repaying the debt of one rowdy night's fun.


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