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Honest John and Gideon
Background information
Feature films Pinocchio
Mickey's House of Villains
Once Upon a Halloween
Short films
Television programs The Mouse Factory
Bonkers (cameo)
Darkwing Duck (cameo)
House of Mouse
Once Upon a Time (reminiscent)
Video games Pinocchio
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days (deleted)
Park attractions Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Walt Disney's Parade of Dreams
Celebrate a Dreams Come True Parade
Parade of the Stars
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Norman Ferguson
John Lounsbery
Hugh Fraser
Preston Blair
Shamus Culhane
Voice Honest John:
Walter Catlett (original)
Corey Burton (Disney on Ice)
Rob Paulsen (2004-present)
Gideon:
Mel Blanc
Performance model Honest John: Walter Catlett
Gideon: Don Barckley
Designer
Inspiration The Fox and Cat from the original story of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Honest John: character actor Walter Catlett
Gideon: Dopey
Honors and awards "Awarded" a spot on the humor website "200 words with Paul Dini" where he "interviews" animated characters. (Honest John)
Character information
Full name J. (John?) Worthington Foulfellow; Gideon Cat
Other names Honest John; Giddy
Personality Honest John: Smart, gentlemanly, sneaky, selfish, pompous, crafty, sinister, phony, devious, tricky, manipulative, misleading, deceptive, greedy, mean (towards Gideon), dim-witted, funny
Gideon: Stupid, clumsy, crafty, drunk, silly, quiet, giddy, bumbling, comic, unkempt, happy-go-lucky, a scoundrel, half-witted, a bit crude and brutish, dim-witted, funny
Appearance Honest John: Tall and slender anthropomorphic red fox, cream face and muzzle, dark gray circles, thick black eyebrows, black nose, copper eyes, a pair of 2 whiskers, sienna ear innards, cream feet with light gray soles and gray prints, old beige top hat with light gray band, beige shirt with gold buttons and light gray patches on his elbows, both light gray high collar and cuffs with white cufflinks, cream gloves (with a hole on its right pinky), black cravat, teal stirrup pants with gold linings and both light gray patches on his knees, blue cape with gold brooch, black cane
Gideon: Short and slender anthropomorphic cat, crimson fur, both tan face and neck, cream muzzle, green eyes, dirty yellow shirt, white opera gloves, purple pants, old gray top hat
Occupation Con men
Alignment
Affiliations
Alignment Bad
Goal To live a healthy rich life
Home Village (also may have stayed in the Red Lobster Inn)
Relatives
Pets
Allies Stromboli (to an extent), The Coachman
Minions
Enemies Pinocchio, Jiminy Cricket
Likes Money, tobacco, "education", kidnapping, apples (Honest John), pick-pocketing (Gideon)
Dislikes The Coachman's evil smile and maniacal laughing, failure, the police (only from a deleted scene), getting stuck under his hat (Honest John), Gideon's clumsiness and antics (Honest John)
Powers and abilities Manipulation towards victims
Weapons Cane (Honest John)
Mallet (Gideon)
Fate Whisks Pinocchio away to Pleasure Island.
Quote Honest John: "If we play our cards right, we'll be on easy street, or my name's not Honest John!"
"Then, you haven't heard of the easy road to success?"
"And with that personality, that profile, that physique... Why, he's a natural born actor, eh, Giddy?"

Gideon: (Drunken hiccups)

Honest John (also known as J. Worthington Foulfellow in other projects) and Gideon (frequently called Giddy) are two of the five antagonists in Disney's 1940 animated feature film Pinocchio. They are a pair of con men in the village Pinocchio and Geppetto reside in, known for manipulating victims into their schemes, usually for their money, though they're no strangers to darker tasks.

Background

Development

The duo are based off the Fox and Cat characters from the original collection of Pinocchio stories by Carlo Collodi. Their roles in the Disney film were greatly altered. In Carlo Collodi's story, Honest John is an unnamed sly fox that pretends to be lame, but later gets his comeuppance by being lame for real and even losing his tail, having sold it for money. Gideon was originally a cat who pretended to be blind until ultimately gaining that disability as a comeuppance. They plead for Pinocchio to give them food, but Pinocchio will give them nothing, as he claims they have earned their fates.

In the film, the fates of Honest John and Gideon were ultimately removed for some reason, as the two con men would have been arrested when they attempt to swindle Pinocchio for a third time, and the pair were taken into custody. This also ties in to Honest John's deleted theme song of the same name. These were all cut for some reason.

Gideon was going to be voiced by the legendary Mel Blanc, but the company decided to delete all of his lines preferring a mute sidekick performance though he has 3 hiccups in the film, all voiced by Mel Blanc, for which he did receive payment (quipping afterwards that is it was the most expensive hiccup he ever recorded). He is said to be inspired by Harpo Marx, the silent member of the Marx Brothers.

Personality

Honest John
Honest John is how many animated foxes are portrayed; as sly and sneaky. He is also very smart and deceiving. He has taken the "easy road" to success, and is very undereducated. As a result, he can barely read or write. He is also not immune to being swindled himself, as Stromboli bought Pinocchio from him for far less than a living puppet would be worth. As well as being illiterate, he also cannot spell as when he tried to spell Pinocchio's name, he could only reach up to P-I-N.

He is remarkably persuasive, and can convince almost anybody to do what he wants. His plans are reliable and clever, but are often inadvertently spoiled by his sidekick, Gideon. He is also not unwilling to kill in order to make money, and is largely without conscience, fearing only the law and the Coachman. He has, however, reacted with horror at the Coachman's plans of forcing children into slavery and breaking the law, revealing that his immorality does have some limit.

Gideon

Unlike his buddy, Gideon is very dimwitted, punchdrunk, and daffy. Without his boss Honest John, Gideon would most likely be performing petty theft and pick-pocketing. Like Foulfellow, however, Gideon has followed the 'easy road', and has no education and thusly cannot read or write. He also seems to be a tad bit more malicious than Honest John, as seen when he planned to knock Pinocchio unconscious with his mallet in order to kidnap him and sell him to Stromboli, only to be stopped by Honest John who wanted to take a more humane approach. Moreover, the dopey cat takes it upon himself to resort to brute force if he feels that Foulfellow's plans don't seem to work via sly persuasiveness, as when Pinocchio tried to decline the fox's offer to go to Pleasure Island, Gideon, armed with his mallet, quickly blocked the boy's path with the intent of knocking him out, until Honest John continued to coax the boy into finally going.

Gideon's wardrobe describes that he is dimwitted, compared to Honest John. Although the attire of both crooks are equally ragged and worn-out (patches on their pants and elbow sleeves, and tearings on their hats, gloves, and capes, etc.), Gideon wears long, baggy clothing while Honest John wears more proper and civilized clothing.

Appearances

Pinocchio

Honest John and Gideon are out taking a stroll while recalling a scam involving the famous puppeteer Stromboli when they notice a living puppet. At first glance, they don't realize it, but soon enough, Honest John cooks up a new get-rich-quick scheme, namely selling Pinocchio to Stromboli. Honest John and Gideon "befriend" Pinocchio, telling him that the life of an actor is the best life. Foulfellow's persuasive words of the "easy road" to success convinces the puppet and they head off to Stromboli's caravan.

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Honest John and Gideon with the Coachman.

Later on, Honest John and Gideon are seen at the Red Lobster Inn speaking with the Coachman for a proposition. The crafty fox at first recalls the success of his latest scam: selling Pinocchio to Stromboli as his star attraction. He further emphasizes this success by flaunting off the proceeds he made out of it before finally asking the Coachman about his plan. The job is to collect "stupid little boys" and gather them up to the Coachman to take to Pleasure Island. Honest John, who seems to have a good idea of what happens there, fears the worst if the law catches him collecting these boys, but the Coachman reassures him that all lose ends have been tied, so no risk is involved because the boys collected "never come back... as BOYS!!!!". At this instant, the Coachman reveals his true evil face, and Honest John and Gideon are both horrified but still agree to go along with their new boss's plan (as he has promised to pay them handsomely).

During their hunt for stupid little boys, Foulfellow and Gideon run into Pinocchio once more. To trick the boy this time, they act as doctors and dupe the puppet into believing he has an "allergy". Foulfellow claims the only cure is a vacation to Pleasure Island and offers him a ticket (a playing card, the ace of spades). Despite Pinocchio's desire to return home, he ends up letting them take him to the Coachman's coach. The duo are not seen again for the remainder of the film, but are later mentioned by Pinocchio when he befriends Lampwick.

Cameos

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Foulfellow, Lampwick and Gideon in House of Mouse

Foulfellow makes a cameo in the Bonkers series in a couple of mugshots on a computer, implying that he is a criminal in the series.

Honest John and Gideon make a cameo in the Darkwing Duck series and comic books.

The two have made many cameos along with many other Disney characters in House of Mouse, usually sitting together. In "Jiminy Cricket", Foulfellow and Gideon were used as examples of temptations by Jiminy. In "Pete's One-Man Show", a life-sized cutout of Honest John (along with several other Disney characters) was used to trick Pete into thinking the club had a full house. Honest John and Gideon also made a cameo appearance in a crowd shot on Mickey's House of Villains, but for some reason did not take part in the takeover, as Stromboli was the only villain from Pinocchio to take part in the takeover during "It's Our House Now".

Live-action appearances

The Mouse Factory

Honest John and Gideon made recurring appearances in the live-action wrap-around skits alongside the other costumed characters and celebrity guests.

Once Upon a Time

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The con artists Martin and Myrna serve the roles of Honest John and Gideon in Once Upon a Time.

In the ABC fantasy/drama, Honest John and Gideon don't appear. However, they are represented by the characters Martin (portrayed by Harry Groener) and Myrna (portrayed by Carolyn Hennesy).

They are the parents of Jiminy (before he became a cricket) and were, like in the film, con artists. Their son, however, disapproved of their selfish crimes and was constantly forced to partake in their cruel agendas. One day, however, Jiminy obtains a potion from Rumplestiltskin, capable of putting an end to his parents' thefts.

Later that evening, Jiminy's parents begin another one of their schemes. After a young couple offers them hospitality for the evening, his parents warn about a false plague. Terrified, the poor couple forfeits most of their possessions to pay for the "cure" Jiminy's parents have. As they leave, Jiminy stands up to the crooks and throws Rumplestiltskin's potion onto them. Unfortunately, however, it has no effect. Jiminy soon realizes his parents switched the potion and gave it to the poor couple. Once he rushes back into their home to save them, he finds the couple magically transformed into puppets. Seeing this, Martin and Myrna laugh cruelly at the fate that befell the family, coming out victorious.

Characters Emma and Graham also stroll past a store called Worthington’s Haberdashery, a probable reference to Honest John's other name, J. Worthington Foulfellow.

Printed Media

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Honest John and Gideon spying on Donald Duck, Snow White, and the seven dwarfs.

In comics (specifically internationally) Honest John and Gideon are occasional antagonists to various Disney characters including Donald Duck and Snow White, often trying to swindle them. They could also be seen with other Disney villains, as well, such as Captain Hook and the Big Bad Wolf.

Unlike the film, Gideon actually talks in the comic stories.

Danish comics follows the adventures of Pinocchio outside of the film, with Foulfellow and Gideon serving as antagonists.

Mickey's Christmas Carol

Honest John and Gideon would appear on the original Disney storybook and record of Mickey's Christmas Carol as the two charity collectors who try to solicit a donation from Scrooge (Uncle Scrooge) at the beginning (an inside gag being that Gideon for once gets to speak and the two acting out of character). When it was redone as a 1983 cartoon featurette, they would be replaced by Water Rat and Mole.

The Emperor's New Clothes

In the Disney adaption of the story, Honest John and Gideon swindle Prince John into buying "an invisible robe" fit for a king.

Kingdom Keepers

Honest John and Gideon appear in the fifth installment of the popular book series. They are featured as members of the Disney Villains legion known as the Overtakers and battle Finn in chapter six of Shell Game.

Video games

Pinocchio

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Honest John and Pinocchio in the video game.

In the Pinocchio game, Foulfellow and Gideon appear as enemies during the first stage, as Pinocchio makes his way for school. Like the film, they manage to manipulate him into becoming an actor and sells him off the Stromboli; leading to the next stage.

Kinect Disneyland Adventures

Honest John is mentioned in this game.

Pinocchio: "Mr. Honest John took me to see Mr. Stromboli. But he was real mean."

Disney Parks

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Honest John and Gideon posing for a photo at one of the Disney parks.

Honest John and Gideon have made numerous appearances in the Disney Parks around the world as meetable characters. They are usually seen individually or with each other.

Audio-animatronic versions of them appear in the Pinocchio's Daring Journey attraction.

The duo also take part in Unleash the Villains at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Foulfellow is also part of the featured Halloween season meet-and-greet session along with other Disney villains.

Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade

Alone, Honest John can be seen alongside a legion of Disney Villains in the annual Halloween parade during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party. Unlike other parades, he is seen alone without Gideon.

Dreams Come True

In the former parade at the Magic Kingdom park, Honest John and Gideon were seen alongside half boy/half donkey children strolling behind Mickey Mouse's float with Pinocchio/Snow White's following behind them.

Tokyo Disney Resort

Honest John and Giddeon can be found at the Mediterranean Harbor in Tokyo DisneySea available for meet and greets.

Gallery

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Trivia

  • Collodi, the author of the original Italian story of "Pinocchio", was said to have based the Fox and the Cat on a notorious local con artist and chicken thief named Gatto ("Cat" in Italian).
  • Honest John and Gideon were originally planned to appear in the Mickey and the Beanstalk sequence of Fun and Fancy Free as the con-artists who sell Mickey the magic beans.
  • The duo were originally set to appear in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days due to their popularity, in a Pinocchio-based world. The idea was dropped due to space restrictions.
  • Honest John and Gideon are the only villains in the film to appear, disappear, and return in later scenes, making them the central villains.
  • Honest John and Gideon are the first two comical villains to appear in a Disney-animated feature film.
  • They are also the first main villains to not be defeated in any way (not counting a deleted scene), unlike their predecessor, the Evil Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

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