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Background information
Feature films Pinocchio
Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse
Mickey's House of Villains
Short films
Television programs House of Mouse
Video games Pinocchio
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two
Mickey Mouse
Park attractions Pinocchio's Daring Journey
Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour
Mickey's Boo-to-You Halloween Parade
Portrayed by
Portrayed by
Animators Vladimir Tytla
Bill Shull
Voice Charles Judels (original)
Thurl Ravenscroft (Disney on Parade)
Ray Templin (Pinocchio's Daring Journey)
Performance model Thornton Hee
Inspiration Puppet master Mangiafuoco ("Fire-Eater") in the original story of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi
Honors and awards
Character information
Full name
Other names Fire-eater
Old rascal
Old gypsy
Personality Volatile, greedy, short-tempered, cunning, deceptive, cruel, selfish, devious, exploitative, abusive
Appearance Obese, half bald, both black hair and eyebrows, long black beard, brown eyes, pink lower lip, tan skin
Occupation Showman
Alignment Bad
Goal To make money with the use of his puppet show and later Pinocchio
Home Stromboli's Caravan
Allies Honest John and Gideon
Enemies Pinocchio
Likes Money, food, getting what he wants
Dislikes Fake coins, being swindled, not getting what he wants
Powers and abilities His hatchet and also seems to be very strong and good at throwing his weight around
Weapons His axe
His bare hands
His large knife
His great weight
Fate Without his starring attraction, his next show presumably bombs, which may cause him to go bankrupt
Quote "Good night, my little wooden gold mine!"

Stromboli is one of the five antagonists in Disney's 1940 animated feature film Pinocchio. He is a puppeteer, a showman and a gypsy, his primary concern is making money. As such, he is delighted to buy Pinocchio from Honest John and Gideon. He locks Pinocchio in a cage to ensure that his star attraction doesn't return home. His name in the original Italian story by Carlo Collodi was Mangiafuoco which literally means 'Fire-eater'. Though eccentric and entertaining, Stromboli is also a threatening and imposing villain; for this reason, he is often cited as one of Disney's greatest villains. He is named after Stromboli, the Italian volcano (the food called "stromboli" is named for the same volcano).

He was voiced by the late Charles Judels (who also voiced the Coachman).



When he is first met, Stromboli only appeared to be a man trying to make money through puppets, rather fun but has a bit of a temper. After Pinocchio proves successful he reveals his true colors: brutal, cruel and vicious. When upset, he begins to curse in Italian and might not be that intelligent, as Foulfellow once said he passed Gideon off as a puppet to make a few bucks. Stromboli is presumably stingy as he only gives Honest John and Gideon a small bag of coins for Pinocchio.


Hamilton Luske directed live-action footage of most of the characters in the film as reference for the animators. The performance model for Stromboli was story man T. Hee, who was rather corpulent at the time and who was dressed in full gypsy attire provided by the Character Model Department. Luske later admitted that this reference footage was underacted, but felt that it was necessary to keep Stromboli's animator, Vladimir Tytla, from doing "too many things."

It is thought by some that casting Tytla as animator of Stromboli was typecasting of a sort - like the puppet master, Tytla was tall, imposing, vibrant in personality and of ethnic origin. While working on Stromboli's animation of the character, Tytla would act out each sequence in his room - this performance could be heard throughout the studio; Eric Larson "thought the walls would fall in".



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Stromboli in the original Pinocchio.

Stromboli is first referred to in the film by Honest John, who notices a poster advertising that "that old rascal's back in town". Honest John fondly recalls trying to sell Gideon, with strings tied to his arms and feet, to the puppet master (though it's apparent that this ploy didn't work). When the two crooks see Pinocchio on his way to school, the fox realizes that Stromboli would pay handsomely for a moving puppet without strings. They befriend the little wooden boy and, convincing him that the theater is "the easy road to success", take him to Stromboli's Caravan, singing Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life For Me) as they go, with Jiminy Cricket in pursuit.

That evening, Stromboli is first seen, announcing his show to a large crowd that has gathered around the caravan. The puppet master advertises Pinocchio as "the only puppet who can sing and dance without the aid of strings". He conducts the band (unseen, below the stage) while Pinocchio and the puppets perform I've Got No Strings. Pinocchio trips and falls, nose first, onto the stage; Stromboli is initially furious at the puppet's clumsiness and even threatens him in the middle of the show, but lets him continue after realizing that the audience is delighted. After the completion of the show, Stromboli walks onto the stage and accepts both the audience's applause and their money.

Stromboli having imprisoned Pinocchio after revealing his true nature.

Later that night, Stromboli is counting the day's substantial earnings while enjoying a meal of link sausage and praising Pinocchio on his performance. He discovers a metal washer among the money and rants angrily at the idea that it was passed off as a coin, before finally giving it to Pinocchio instead for his efforts. The puppet thanks him before trying to return home to Gepetto's Workshop, promising him that he would "be back in the morning", but the idea of Pinocchio ever leaving makes Stromboli burst into laughter.

Pinocchio, unaware of Stromboli's ulterior motives, laughs along with him until the man suddenly throws him in a cage and locks him in, declaring the puppet to now belongs to him. The puppet master enthuses that they will tour the great capitals of the world, and that Pinocchio will make him lots of money. When the puppet is too old to perform, Stromboli will use him for firewood. Laughing, he leaves Pinocchio alone with the lifeless puppets in the carriage, and the wooden boy hears the caravan start to move. Jiminy comes to Pinocchio's aid but is unable to free him; it is the Blue Fairy, giving him a second chance, who opens the cage, allowing the puppet and his conscience to escape. Stromboli is not seen again in the film (though it can perhaps be assumed that he reacted to Pinocchio's absence in a typical emotional outburst).

House of Mouse


Stromboli in House of Mouse

Stromboli made an appearance in House of Crime where he is seen arguing with Percival C. McLeach. Later that same episode, Stromboli was imprisoned with other Disney Villains as suspects of mysterious disappearances.

Stromboli made a cameo in Mickey's Magical Christmas and Mickey vs. Shelby during Mad Hatter's hat performance.

In Mickey's House of Villains, Stromboli joined the takeover and seen on the conga line behind Lucifer during It's Our House Now!.

Video games

In the Game Boy game Pinocchio, Stromboli played a minor role and merely appeared in two cutscenes.

Stromboli was also featured as an enemy in the 1989 game Mickey Mouse.

In Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, Stromboli appears in animatronic form as a character in The Float Yard, a graveyard of parade floats.

Disney Parks

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Stromboli posing for a photo at one of the Disney parks.

Stromboli is a hard to find character in the Disney Parks as a walkaround. Stromboli also appears in a limited amount of Disney Villains related merchandise.

He does appear in the Pinocchio's Daring Journey attractions at Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland and Disneyland Paris, with the attraction beginning around his puppet theater with Pinocchio's performance immediately followed by Stromboli trapping Pinocchio in a cage.

Stromboli's Wagon is a shopping kiosk in Fantasyland, located nearby the attraction in the various parks. Stromboli makes a few appearances during Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party.

In the former Tokyo Disneyland attraction, Cinderella Castle Mystery Tour, Stromboli appears in the opening room when Pinocchio's portrait transforms into one of Stromboli, alongside the other hero paintings becoming the villainous counterparts.

Stromboli also appears on the Disney Cruise Line live show, Wishes, on a poster during the Pinocchio segment.

Critical Response

Despite his limited screen time and the fact that there was also other key villains in the film (Honest John, Gideon, the Coachman, and arguably, Monstro and Lampwick), Stromboli is one of Disney's most infamous and acclaimed villains. He was one of 6 Disney villains to be nominated for a position in AFI's 'AFI’s 50 Greatest Villains list' (though did not appear on the final list) and was ranked twenty-second in fan site Ultimate Disney's countdown of the most popular Disney Villains. The character has been praised by critics for possessing the ability to instill both laughter (when he shakes his rump at the words "Con-stan-tino-pale") and fear (threatening to turn Pinocchio into firewood) in audiences. Art critic Pierre Lambert has stated that "Tytla's innate sense of force is revealed in all its magnitude in the creation of the character of Stromboli," and animation historian Charles Solomon refers to the puppet master as "the grandest of all Disney heavies", while John Canemaker describes Stromboli as "an overweight monster of mercurial moods, capable of wine-soaked, garlic-breathed Old World charm one second, and knife-wielding, chop-you-up-for-firewood threats the next." During the premiere of Pinocchio, Frank Thomas sat in front of W. C. Fields, who, upon Stromboli's entrance, muttered to whoever was with him that the puppet master "moves too much". Thomas felt the reason for this was that Stromboli was too big and powerful. Michael Barrier agrees with Fields' criticism, considering Stromboli a "poorly conceived character" whose "passion has no roots... there is nothing in Stromboli of what could have made him truly terrifying." Leonard Maltin disagrees, considering Pinocchio's encounter with the showman to be the wooden boy's "first taste of the seamy side of life... (Stromboli) tosses his hatchet into the remnants of another ragged marionette, now a pile of splinters and sawdust, a meekly smiling face the only reminder of its former 'life'."


  • Stromboli is rather unique among Disney Villains, as he has no henchmen to do his dirty work.
  • In most pages of a comic book version of the story in the book Disney Classic cartoon tales, a comic-storybook that also has Bambi and the Lion King, it misspells his name as Stomboli.
  • Stromboli is similar to both Judge Claude Frollo from the 1996 film the Hunchback of Notre Dame and Mother Gothel from the 2010 CGI film Tangled as all 3 villains plan to keep the protagonists (Pinocchio, Quasimodo and Rapunzel) locked away for their own purposes as well as lacking any magic powers. He is also similar to Gothel being that when the protagonists protest, they yell, shout, and turn against them. All three of their names have also originated from European countries (Stromboli is Italian, Frollo is French, and Gothel is German). One difference is their comeuppance: Frollo and Gothel get killed, while Pinocchio escapes Stromboli, whose fate is unknown, although his next show may cause him to go bankrupt without his starring attraction.
  • He is very different from the character in the original story - Mangiafuoco (or Fire-Eater) in the original book is portrayed as being initially gruff, but capable of showing kindness, and who gives Pinocchio money which he is supposed to bring to Geppetto.
  • Stromboli and the Coachman both share similarities as they are voiced by the same actor, paid Honest John and Gideon for Pinocchio thus kidnapping him, planned to get rich, refused to let Pinocchio go home (the Coachman planned to turn Pinocchio into a donkey, but failed), are obese, and their fate is unclear but it is implied that their schemes got foiled.
  • Stromboli is the only Disney villain to be heard cursing but it is censored in Italian gibberish.
  • Stromboli's line "QUIET! SHUT UP! BEFORE I KNOCK-A YOU SILLY!" has become the subject of a very popular internet meme where he says this to other cartoon characters, even some Disney characters (e.g The Queen of Hearts and Prince John).
  • Stromboli was the first Disney film villain to appear good at first until his true nature was shown.


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Media: Pinocchio | House of Mouse | A Poem Is... | Live Action film

Video games: Video game | Kingdom Hearts | Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories | Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance

Books: Classic Storybook | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Golden Sight 'n' Sound Book | Little Golden Book

Disney Parks: Pinocchio's Daring Journey | Storybook Land Canal Boats | Fantasmic! | Pinocchio Village Haus

Characters: Pinocchio | Jiminy Cricket | The Blue Fairy | Geppetto | Figaro | Cleo | Honest John and Gideon | Stromboli | The Coachman | The Coachman's Goons | Lampwick | The Stupid Little Boys | Alexander | Monstro | The Magic Birds

Objects: Stromboli's Puppets

Locations: Village | Geppetto's Workshop | Stromboli's Caravan | The Red Lobster Inn | Pleasure Island | The Sea

Vehicles: The Coachman's Stagecoach | Geppetto's Boat

Songs: When You Wish Upon a Star | Little Wooden Head | Give a Little Whistle | Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee | I've Got No Strings

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