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Welcome Back Pinocchio (original title Bentornato Pinocchio) is a 2007 animated movie made by Mondo TV as a sort of sequel to The Adventures of Pinocchio.

Pinocchio, now a real child, gets stuck in a large mess when he's tricked to steal money from the school he frequents and ends up returning to his old puppet form. He starts a journey to search the Blue Fairy (who earlier came to Geppetto to tell him she's going away for a while, but he forgot to inform Pinocchio) and ultimately ends up Saving Christmas.


This movie provides examples of:

  • Aborted Arc: Early on in the film, a lady visits Geppetto's workshop to convince him to marry her cousin. She appears again later on to remind him about that, and then it's never mentioned again.
  • Ambiguously Human: Harlequin is a human-like creature with green skin and red-orange eyes, which is implied to be a zombie but never stated.
  • Anachronism Stew: One of the new characters introduced in the movie is a robot, which is very out of place in a (supposedly) late 800 setting.
  • Animal Talk: After being turned into a donkey, Pinocchio is able to talk with other animals.
  • Bait the Dog: Pinocchio is convinced to steal the school's money by a weird-looking Santa Claus so that the homeless can get a better Christmas. Except it was all a fraud, which is enough of a misbehaviour to turn Pinocchio back into a puppet.
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  • The Cameo: Winner, Mondo TV's mascot, is found by Pinocchio as a stray dog early on and by the end of the film becomes his pet.
  • Canon Foreigner: The movie introduces a bunch of new characters, with the most important ones being the two new villains Harlequin and Robot and the Knight of Lost Principles.
  • Delivery Stork: Pinocchio meets a group of them, that carry him towards the North Pole.
  • Eating Machine: Robot's introduction implies he feeds on meat, since he's as interested as Harlequin into eating the Fox and the Cat.
  • For the Evulz: The Fox, the Cat, and the two new villains decide to team up with the Coachman to kidnap Santa Claus and stop Christmas. Why? Because "we are bad, so we have to do something bad".
  • Hope Bringer: The Knight of Lost Principles, who wanders around the world to bring back honesty, friendship and other positive feelings in places where they were forgotten.
  • Karmic Transformation: The Blue Fairy punishes the villains by turning them into donkeys... except for the Coachman, who is turned instead into a giant slab of butter.
  • Lost in Imitation: Not only the Cricket is still alive in this sequel, but it's clearly designed after Disney's Jiminy Cricket.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Happens twice in the movie:
    • Early on, the Blue Fairy visits Geppetto to tell him that she's going away for a while and that Pinocchio may turn back into a puppet if he misbehaves. He then forgets to tell Pinocchio anything of that.
    • When Pinocchio arrives to a carnival, he tries to get help from a clairvoyer to discover where the Blue Fairy is. She initially refuses to help him since he can't pay for her service, but then she sees the Coachman's face in her crystal sphere and tries to call Pinocchio back to alert him of her vision... but he's too distant and can't hear her.
  • Saving Christmas: The Coachman, alongside the Cat, the Fox and his two new henchmen Robot and Harlequin, decide to kidnap Santa Claus in order to use his sleigh and costume to commit frauds and turn the elves into their servants. Why? To show that they're evil. Pinocchio gets caught into one of the aforemented frauds, turns back into a puppet and later on decides to go to the North Pole to save Santa after discovering the whole truth.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pinocchio, as a donkey, jumps in to save the Knight of Lost Principles from a bandit's shotgun. This self-sacrifice is enough to restore him back into a puppet, made in a wood hard enough to survive the bullet.
  • Voodoo Shark: The explanation about how Pinocchio is destined to turn back into a puppet and later a donkey when misbehaving states that the Coachman cursed him when he went to the Land of Toys for the first time, a detail that was never stated in the original story or in any other adaptation of it.