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Okay so this is literally the truth and there won't be any nose growing here.

Why?

Because Pinocchio is a animated masterpiece and on the critical reception board it looks to be as perfect of a film as you can get.  Of course there are the nitpicks and "controversies" surrounding the film in general such as people having a small toothpick to pick at with Jiminy Cricket, the insensitive representation of Gypsies through Strombolie, heck the song Wish Upon a Star giving a false sense of priorities.  Again these are nitpicks and controversies something I'd rather avoid than get tangled as they are not the best type to give a defense against.  Unlike say where the criticism of our previous film were much more up front and shared by a general audience.  

But as this is a defense blog there must be someone out there right?  Well I did find a few who not only nitpicks it to death, but "look" like they have some form of a light criticism of the beloved 1940 classic.  Are they right?  Are they Wrong?  Well lets tap into the film and look over the criticisms of the one and only Pinocchio!

The Movie

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So the story of Pinocchio begins with the character Jiminy Cricket who is both the narrator and participant of the film.  

Thus the story goes Geppetto is a wood craftsman who enjoys making toys for children the most, and as Jiminy breaks an entry, Geppetto creates a puppet dubbed Pinocchio.  When falls asleep that night he makes a wish that the wooden puppet would be a real boy.

As a reward for his good deeds in life a Blue Fairy comes down and gives Pinocchio life, partially.  The puppet is given his own soul, but if Pinocchio wants to become a real boy he must brave, truthful, and unselfish.  In order to help him accomplish this Jiminy Cricket drops in and after some "convincing" becomes Pinoke's conscious.  After that the adventure is on as Pinocchio goes on a self placed journey of discovery.  Coming across a lot of villains seeking to use the puppet for their own ends, all the while Pinoke gets harsh lesson of reality.  Eventually, Pinocchio's mistakes catch up to him when his father, Geppetto is swallowed by a gigantic whale named Monstro.  Determined to right his wrongs Pinocchio goes to save his dad, and in heart racing climax the puppet succeeds, but at the cost of his life.  Acclaimed by the Blue Fairy for learn and doing the tasks set before him, Pinnochio is brought back to life as real boy.  

And ends with that sweet melody/song of Wish Upon a Star (sigh)

Criticism

Okay, so the overall negative view point of Pinocchio is that it is extremely dark, the story lacks flow, and has a double standard when it comes to the moral message.  Other specific problems comes down to the films narrator Jiminy Cricket, and some of the other characters.

That is where most of the hate comes from.  As pointed out the film does go to some very dark and scary imagery that now a days would most certainly not be tolerated in the least.  Example this little scene...
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Or this...
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Or this one!

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(gulp) and other issue is the flow of the story, which is told it what is easily described as a exaggerated three act structure.  What I mean by that is this, you can easily tell which part of the film you are coming upon and there is no proper transition to the next scene.  In fact, each act just happens!  Like an episode to a tv show without the commercials.

First act: Jiminy Cricket tells the story of him breaking an entry, hides out in a wood carvers home who wishes to be a dad, is dream comes true in the form of Pinocchio, and Pinocchio goes to school.

Second act: Pinocchio is fooled into joining a puppet show, gets trapped by puppet master while the crooks who tricked him are caught in a deal with the coach man, Pinocchio escapes and is caught again by the crooks, brought to pleasure island and is nearly transformed into a donkey, and escapes.

Third act: Returns home, learns that his dad got swallowed by a whale, goes to save his dad and gets swallowed as well, they escape, Pinocchio is believed to be dead, but is resurrected and becomes a real boy, and they all live happily ever after!

(phew) Now the criticism that the story is more... obscure, so I'll just leave a link (https://moviepilot.com/posts/3473111) where I found the criticism in the first place, and address it in full on the defense side.

Of course what would a Disney film be if a certain character did not step on a few toes, or in this little guys case hopped on them.

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Yeah, as much as I hate to admit it, there are a few justified criticisms of the world's famous cricket that after watching the film again make sense.  At first I really wanted to call them nitpicks, but here is the thing these are criticism that contribute to the problems of the stories flow.

Take for instance the scene where Jiminy is made Pinoc's conscious.  He gets rewarded with a fresher outlook with the expectation of guiding Pinocchio in the right direction, but as soon as she leaves

He has already distracted! and when he tries to explain to Pinocchio what temptation is the wooden head doesn't get it, but promises to do right, so Jiminy decides to just wing?

Then there is this scene where Jiminy Cricket (who was late to do his job by the way) interrupts Honest John's move in kidnapping (or is it called Woodnaping?) Pinocchio by luring him to become an actor rather than attending school as expected.  In this moment in the film, Jiminy was supposed to do what he was expected of a good conscious, which by the looks of it he preformed it quite well.  He explains to Pinocchio that Honest John is not trust worthy, and that he has to go to school because that is what is expected of him, so when Honest John finds Pinocchio.  Jiminy Cricket hides and....

"GOODBYE JIMINY!"
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Yep, Pinocchio in one 100% childhood fashion gave Jiminy the G equivalent of the middle finger.  HAHAHA!  Literally! The man acted as Pinocchio's conscious and what happen?  Nothing, the puppet just walks off not give two shits about the lesson Jiminy gave.
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But the real problem with this isn't just the fact that Pinocchio completely ignored him, but also makes his character almost irrelevant to the story itself, and reduces his role, even as a side kick. Some of the best side kicks are those that, while not as important as the main character still, provide a meaningful influence in the narrative. Such a Sebastian from the Little Mermaid, Timothy Q. Mouse from Dumbo, or David Q. Dawson from the Great Mouse Detective; all of these side kicks although did not play the main role, still carried an important influence in the plot, and help change the out come of the story as a whole. Jiminy Cricket however is just there, but his actions do not change the out come of the movie, nor does he have as big of an influence as you want.  This point is emphasized by the problem that rather than going back to Pinocchio's father to tell him what happen (which would also be pointless as neither have a proper connection to begin with), he goes after Pinocchio himself, but...
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Jiminy does nothing to stop or help Pinocchio, instead he sits on a lamp watching the show, and when he is met with success.  He just walks off!  Perfectly okay with the fact that Pinocchio is with strangers who may not have the wooden head in their best interest.
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What does an actor want with a conscious anyway!

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Defense

Personal reminders for me to address

Okay, so the criticism of Pinocchio being too scary requires one simply defense statement

THE WORLD IS A SCARY PLACE!

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Thats it!  The fact that the film is disturbing and terrifying in its imagery is a children's films reflective of what life is like out there waiting for them. It is not a happy walk in the park, and sometimes you need to go through a lot of bad to get to the bright side. That there is something to hope for that is better just around the other bend. And speaking of bright side, this film counters that scary imagery gracefully with very up beat joyous moments.
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By the way is it just me, or does Elsa's dress seem similar to the Blue Fairy's

If you cannot handle the hard stuff this film shows then how can you possibly be ready for the real thing? Which why it is important to challenge your kids to face off against the fictional terrors. That way they have at least a chance, or an understanding, to try and over come those horrible terrors.

As for the story flow it honestly as a,"book to film", adaptation it cannot be helped that its flow is somewhat a little displaced. And that fault does not come from the movie, but rather the source material itself, the book. See the story is written by short story segments rather than one whole cohesive storyline. As such (and kinda self explanatory) the script for the film had to be written based on what the screen writers felt they need to take of the story, which is why it is choppy, because for every scenario the film uses there 

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were several other stories not used, but the film does try to manage this problem.

Example being the fact that when Pinocchio goes to school and do not come back, it shows a scene with Gepetto, Figaro, and Cleo waiting for them, but when he does not return after many hours Gepetto goes out to find him. This ties into the later fact that after not finding Pinocchio he goes out of his way to find him abroad.

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I feel your pain Figaro!

Those kinds of small scenes help lessen the disjointedness of the film as a whole

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But what about pleasure island? and Gepetto's work shop being covered in dust when they arrive back?

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Based around the Greek tales involving Lotus flowers during the Odyssey. I don't think the makers of Pinocchio had this in mind, possibly the author. I honestly no sure

One could argue that pleasure island incident and the resulting discovery of the gathering of age at Gepetto's house, may or may not reflect something akin to a Greek tale I read once. Where the main character ends up in the domain of creature's lair that create an imaginary paradise, and as a result the character loses all sense of time, and so when he escapes several years have passed. Which I think is what that film is trying to explain. Pleasure Island does not only take away a persons humanity, but if one should be lucky to escape then a lot of time has passed. Again this more of a speculative defense.

More than likely the addition of dust to give a sense of time that has passed when discovering is Gepetto missing may just be the creator's way of explain to kids exactly what I'm trying to explain.

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Now for the whole double standard of moral storytelling within Pinocchio. That one also has an easy explanation.

Your over reading it!

1) Gepetto's treatment of Figaro was all for gist and nothing harmful actually come from it. He is still a loving compassionate owner.

2,3,4,5,6,7) Half of what is called "double standard" are in fact lessons for the viewer to learn, not the participant! Pinocchio has to learn it the hard way, and in the end the same lesson is learned.

8) HAHAHA!

Okay, so Jiminy Cricket

While it is true he does not hold a important role of a side character in the story. Hell, if you cut him out entirely the movie might have ran the same entire plot, but that is of course that is where "might" comes into play.

See even though Jiminy Cricket (again I emphasize this) is not a particularly important character in the role play of the story. He is however vital to the movie as a whole.

Sure he is irrelevant on impact, but he does give it his all in trying to help Pinocchio, who is to the Cricket a complete stranger, yet he risks his own life several times in an attempt to help him! Which is actually an admirable quality

What I mean by that is, Jiminy Cricket is the symbol and narrator of the film. He represents the story by his own account, and even though he does not have a serious impact on the characters, he can leave an impact on the viewer. For an adult this may seem like the message the character brings is a little to hammered in, but for a kid (speak as one who was) it is important for that message to be made clear. Sure some kid can get it faster than
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others, but if the moral of what Jiminy Cricket brings sinks in. Then that is all that matters

And on another note for Jiminy's defense, and it might seem silly, but can you honestly see anyone singing in the opening introduction to Pinocchio? Can you honestly see anyone else closing the film with the same exact song, so full of hope and joy?

I bet your answer would be no

What is your Conclusion?

So that was the overall view and Defense of Pinocchio. I must admit this was a lot more insightful than I originally thought, really made me think about a beloved movie that I once took for granted, and I have a lot more respect for Pinocchio than ever before. Just goes to show you that when you look into a persons negativity, you can always find a stronger positive.

But that is just me. Now that you have heard both the criticism and the defense, what is your personal conclusion of the animated classic Pinocchio. In any case I hope you enjoyed my second Disney Defense, and please be sure to comment bellow and place your mark on the poll in support of this series

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Up Next

Okay, so after this Disney Defense is done, I'm gonna take a quick D-tour and work on my next blog;  Here is the link down below if you want to follow my trail.

http://jurassicpark.wikia.com/wiki/User_blog:Elephant777/Jurassic_world_is_better_than_Force_Awakens