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.
- Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: Most people know about Pinocchio, but the book story is relatively less known.
- Jerkass Woobie: Pinocchio may be mischievous and rough but his inherent good nature make him somewhat sympathetic. Not many characters treat him with respect or civility; Geppetto is one of the few to treat Pinocchio with some kindness.
- Moral Event Horizon: The Coachman/The Little Man is beyond the line because of what he does to children. The Fox and the Cat cross the line when they attempt to murder Pinocchio.
- Never Live It Down: Pinocchio is best known for growing a nose when lying, but he wasn't an obsessive liar. He didn't lie that much in the novel and the growing nose thing only happened twice, and with a long time distance.
- Nightmare Fuel: If you think the Coachman was scary in the Disney film, in the original book he bites one of his boy-turned-donkeys' ears off while pretending to kiss him.
- Saved by the Fans: Pinocchio. He was going to die hanged by the Fox and the Cat.
- Unintentionally Sympathetic: Pinocchio is far too punished when he wanted to rejoin his father.
- The Woobie: Geppetto, because of his poverty and the problems he has unjustly gained.
From the Film
- Awesome Music: "What Are We Made Of?" by Brian May and Sissel.
- Critical Dissonance: The film was poorly received by critics, but was adored by audiences.
- 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.
- Funny Moments: The local singer is constantly told to "put a sock in it". At one point, a sock lands in his mouth (courtesy of Pinocchio falling from a building and landing in a clothesline). Pepe notes in the end that he "ate a lot of socks".
- Heartwarming Moments: "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?
- Jerkass Woobie:
- Volpe is far from a good 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 turned 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.
- Relationship Writing Fumble: Gepetto and Leona's relationship is hinted at, but given no real exposition until the last minute, which reveals a lot of irrelevant details.
- Tear Jerker: 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.
- Visual Effects of Awesome: In-Universe Example (though the effects of the actual film are good as well, thanks to Jim Henson's Creature Shop being involved). The production values of the puppet show that Lorenzini is giving are quite impressive given the time period the film is set in.
- What The Hell, Casting Agency?: Rob Schneider being cast as Mr. Fox.