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Comic Strips


Fan Works

  • Loved and Lost: When Jewelius sentences the heroes to exile/slavery, the Mane Five try to beg for mercy, only for him to silence them before adding "You foals have had your fun, now pay for it!"

Film - Animated

  • Aladdin:
    • In the original movie, when Aladdin tells Genie that he'll use his third wish to set him free, Genie, thinking he's lying, his head into Pinocchio's.
    • In The Return of Jafar, as Iago has a moral crisis after Aladdin saves his life, Genie appears besides him as Jiminy Cricket and tells him "Always let your conscience be your guide".
  • Shark Tale: Mentioned during Oscar's staged battle with Lenny.
    Oscar: (inside Lenny's mouth) Don't. Swallow.
    Lenny: Oscar?
    Oscar: No, it's Pinocchio. Of course it's me!
  • Tangled: Pinocchio (or at least a wooden puppet who looks exactly like him) can be seen in the pub of the thugs, during the "I've Got a Dream" song. Specifically, when Big-Nose thug starts singing his refrain (the 2nd of the song) while Shorty thug is hung on a hook and swung around—Pinocchio can be seen near the roof, above Flynn.
  • Teacher's Pet: The film opens with a recreation of the scene where Pinocchio comes to life, with Spot in the puppet's place, symbolizing his desire to become a boy.
  • Shrek and its sequels: Pinocchio is one of the more prominent fairy tale characters.
  • The Spongebob Squarepants Movie: King Neptune's first attempt to unfreeze Mr. Krabs turns him into a human child, prompting Neptune to remark he accidentally had his trident set to "Real Boy Ending."

Film - Live-Action

  • A.I.: Artificial Intelligence: Pinocchio is in-universe referenced a lot, to the point the whole movie feels like a Sci-Fi adaptation of the tale.
  • Aquaman (2018): Arthur gets the idea of hiding in a whale from the story. When Mera learns it's a children's book, Arthur tells her that he was actually talking about the movie.
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron, a robot who has broken free from his master's control, ominously quotes the first verse of "I've Got No Strings" throughout the movie.
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Early in the film, Roy tries to encourage his family to see Pinocchio at the drive-in. Later in the climax, the melody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" is incorporated into the film's score.
  • In David's Mother, David watches Pinocchio. Sally comments that he hasn't seen it in a few days.


  • In Two Worlds: As Anthony's communication skills improve, he feels other parts of his mind waking up and developing, and everyone treats him differently. He feels like he's finally become a real boy, like a modern-day Pinocchio.

Live-Action TV

  • The Muppet Show
    • The episode with Kris Kristofferson features an act in which Fozzie and Rowlf perform "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee".
    • The episode featuring the stars of Star Wars ends with the cast performing "When You Wish Upon a Star".
  • In the The Puzzle Place episode, "Spud Buds", Leon, Ben, Julie, Jodi, and Kiki watch an episode of The Movie Critic Show, where a pair of Siskel & Ebert-esque critics review the movie. The Gene Siskel-esque critic gives the movie a positive review, praising the acting and the special effects of Pinocchio's nose growing, while the Roger Ebert-esque critic gives the movie a negative review, criticising the plot, Pinocchio being a wooden puppet, Jiminy's singing voice, Monstro's attitude, and the boys turning into donkeys.
  • Sesame Street:
    • Pinocchio appears in a News Flash sketch, where Kermit, in his reporter outfit, asks him to demonstrate his talent. Unfortunately for Kermit, Pinocchio gets carried away, and tells lots and lots of absurd lies, snagging Kermit with his nose, pushing him through the wall and about a mile over the forest outside.
    • In another episode, during an "Elmo's World" segment about noses, Elmo appears as "Pinocchielmo".
    • In an "Abby's Flying Fairy School" segment, Blogg tries to bring his puppet to life so it can dance, but accidentally turns himself into a puppet. In order to turn Blogg back to normal, Abby and Gonnigan have to guide him through the Pinocchio Process by hopping with a cricket, dancing with a donkey, and swimming with a whale.


  • Caparezza's "Nel Paese dei Balordi" is somewhat of a contemporary retelling of the Pinocchio story, with TV celebrities and such, and Pinocchio himself turned back into a puppet again. ("Paese dei Balordi" is a pun on "Paese dei Balocchi", i.e. Pleasure Island)

Theme Parks

  • In the Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland versions of It's a Small World, Pinocchio makes a cameo during the scene depicting Italy.

Video Games

  • Cuphead: In the battle against King Dice, he pulls a Nightmare Face that was modelled after the Coachman's face in the "They don't come back... as BOYS!" scene.
  • In World of Illusion, when you jump out of the fishbowl in the fourth level, Cleo can be seen swimming inside it. Cleo appears a few times throughout the third level as well.

Web Animation

  • In RWBY, Penny Polendina is a Robot Girl designed after Pinocchio. She hiccups whenever she begins to lie and utilizes strings and wires as part of her remote weapon attacks, much like a puppeteer.

Web Video

  • The Nostalgia Critic
    • In his review of End of Days, Critic watches a scene where Jericho Cane hangs from a rope while fighting bad guys. He calls the scene a puppet show proceeds to sing "I've Got No Strings" while doing his Schwarzenegger impression.
    • In his review of Care Bears Movie II: A New Generation, Critic snarks at Darkheart's joy at being at becoming a "real boy" and assumes Pinocchio had the same backstory.
    Pinocchio: I'm a real boy! (demonic snarl)

Western Animation

  • The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
    • In "Journey to the Center of Carl", as he and Sheen try to escape Carl's body through his nose, Jimmy takes a cue from Pinocchio and tries to make Carl sneeze them out.
    • In "The Incredible Shrinking Town", Jimmy gets the idea to turn Space Bandits against each other by pretending to be their consciences. When Sheen asks what a conscience is, Carl explains "It's a cute little cricket with a hat, and he sings and hangs out with puppets".
  • American Dad!: In "Brains, Brains and Automobiles", Stan ventures through Roger's mind and meets his conscience, a familiar-looking cricket, who is locked in a cage and dying from neglect.
  • Animaniacs
    • Near the end of "Moby or Not Moby", Captain Ahab gets swallowed by Moby-Dick and encounters Pinocchio inside the whale's stomach.
    • "The Presidents Song" contains the lyric "James Monroe's colossal nose was bigger than Pinocchio's".
    • At the end of "One Flew Over the Cuckoo Clock", after Skippy wishes on a star for Slappy to return, Slappy appears and says "Hey, Pinocchio. I ain't the Blue Fairy, but I think your wish just got answered."
  • The Critic: The episode "A Pig Boy and His Dog" opens with Jay and Jeremy watching a version of Pinocchio...with Arnie voicing Geppetto. "I'll be back".
  • Family Guy:
    • In "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein", Peter wishes upon a star for help with his money troubles, and he sings the song "I Need a Jew".
    • A Cutaway Gag in "North by North Quahog" depicts Geppetto trying to get Pinocchio to tell a lie so that Pinocchio's nose can penetrate his anus. To his chagrin, the puppet insists on telling the truth.
    • In "Roasted Guy", Jiminy appears on Peter's shoulder, but Peter gets frightened and squishes him. The scene then cuts to Jiminy's widow setting a place for him at the dinner tabble, and her friend tries to cheer her up by claiming he hit on her at their wedding.
  • Futurama:
  • Garfield and Friends: In "A Matter of Conscience", a bug named Ichabod Cricket offers to be Garfield's conscience and, for reference, gives him a copy of the book Pinocchio.
    Garfield: (reading) "And so, the puppet who wanted to be a boy adopted the cricket as his conscience, and—"
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: Pinocchio appears as a villain in "Nursery Crimes" and "Billy Ocean", obsessed with trying to eat Billy's flesh to become a real boy.
  • Kim Possible is called this by Wade after she's caught out lying.
  • Looney Tunes: In Acrobatty Bunny, Bugs Bunny finds himself in the mouth of a lion and calls "Pinocchio!!" down its throat.
  • MAD:
    • A sketch from "Super 80's / Captain America's Got Talent" is a trailer for the direct-to-video sequel Pinocchio 2: Boy, Oh Boy, Real Life is Hard.
    • In the final sketch from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid Icarus / Adjustment Burro", Lampwick appears as a member of a group of donkeys wearing fedoras.
  • In the Muppet Babies (1984) episode, "The Great Muppet Cartoon Show", Piggy draws the story of "Pignocchio", featuring her as the title character, Gonzo as the Blue Fairy, and Kermit as "Jeremy Kermit".
  • An episode of Muppet Babies (2018) is entitled "Gonzonocchio". In this episode, Gonzo borrows a book of Pinocchio from the library, and when he loses it, he lies about someone stealing it, causing his nose to grow.
  • Pinocchio appears in the My Life as a Teenage Robot episode, "Puppet Bride" as one of the puppets in Li'l Acorn's puppet army.
  • On Phineas and Ferb, Norm the giant robot man occasionally wishes he were a real boy. He's even got a hip-hop song about it.
    • In "Unfair Science Fair", Doofenshmirtz has lost every science fair to a baking soda volcano, including the one made by this kid.
    • Pinocchio is one of many characters that the Good Witch sends along the Yellow Sidewalk in "The Wizard of Odd".
  • The Ren & Stimpy Show
    • The episode "Jimminy Lummox" involves Stimpy letting Ren borrow his conscience (voiced by Stan Freberg).
    • The episode "Egg Yolkeo", in which Ren creates a boy out of eggs, is a parody of this film.
  • The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show: In the Scooby-Doo episode "Scooby-Nocchio", Shaggy and the dogs are watching Pinocchio at the movie theater, and Scooby dreams that they get whisked away to a carnival and are turned into donkeys.
  • Robot Chicken: A sketch from "Joel Hurwitz" involves Pinocchio's first day at school as a real boy, which goes horribly wrong when he suffers from a peanut allergy, gets a staph infection due to his underdeveloped immune system, and dies from a seizure.
  • Rocko's Modern Life: In the Fractured Fairy Tale from "Yarnbenders", Cinder-Heffer is turned into a wooden puppet from eating an enchanted after-dinner mint. He is brought back to life when Hansel (Rocko) gives him a kiss, and Heffer shouts, "I'm alive — and a real boy!"
  • The Simpsons: In "Itchy & Scratchy Land", an excerpt from Itchy & Scratchy's Pinitchio is shown as part of the film The Roger Meyers Story.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Patnocchio", Plankton convinces Patrick that he's his conscience so he can get him to steal the Krabby Patty formula for him.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures:
    • The short Bunnocchio, from the episode "Fairy Tales for the 90's", is a spoof of this film.
    • In the episode, "Gang Busters", when Judge Whopper sentences Buster and Plucky while grinning wickedly, the way he's animated is very similar to the scene in the movie when the evil Coachman smiles after telling his cronies what he plans to do to the boys on Pleasure Island.
    • In the short Once Upon a Star, from the episode "Toon Physics", when Elmyra wishes upon a star that her Barbette doll was real so they could play together, a talking cockroach sings a parody of "When You Wish Upon a Star" until Elmyra squishes him with a fly swatter.


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