Taking children from one area to another completely cut off from civilization is child trafficking. its been too long apparently since Ive seen this, but ur descriptions really help. Now, the half-donkey character is explicitly dead. He uses that rather underhanded tactic to try and ruin George Bailey, and in the end, it is the good will that George has showered on his family and friends that saves the day. I appreciate most of your thoughts and praise of the art of the film. I am very interested. But yes, the pleasure island sequence has often stuck out in my mind. As you point out, many of the more recent films tie up all the loose ends or even offer perspectives that explain why “bad” behavior is a reaction to some other inequality (I’m thinking of Maleficent here). I am quite surprised because I personally LOVE Pinocchio but I have a friend who does dislike it. I forgot to mention that many celebrities, have made big bucks from acting, and many of them are extremely rich. Honest John and Gideon continue their miserable lives in the Village based on misery,petty crimes,stupidity,illiteration,going in and outta the prison,incapable to fool Pinocchio now a real and responsible boy and they wasted the opportunity to exploit his unique “ability” of being a living,talking and stringless wooden puppet and without sense of value for money(just listen the song “HONEST JOHN”). In some cases, they are in the open. Yes, Frollo was sex-obsessed, but at least he was explicit about it. Pinocchio is a 2019 Italian fantasy film, co-written and directed by Matteo Garrone, and based on the 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi. While all other Disney movies flaunt the lie that is happily ever after, Pinocchio gives it to the audience straight. Should Children’s Films be Dark or Light? Vengence is an old testament outdated solution. Unbeknownst to them, Jiminy follows him secretly. Its very possible I never got into smoking because of how haunting this movie is. Pinocchio has every intention of going to school. (Though in all honesty, the real lie was when he said Jiminy was tied too.) Monstro probably died or it’s simply “damaged”,but certainly has lost the opportunity to kill Pinocchio and Geppetto and hurts himself. great post Becky! When the movie starts, it begins with the famous When you Wish Upon a Star sequence and skip to Gepetto finishing his latest wooden creation. Honest John tricks Pinocchio… twice, Stromboli imprisons Pinoke, and The Coachman transforms boys into donkeys and sells them. I was born in rural Kentucky, USA and now live abroad in Lebanon where I majored in English Language and Literature. The Shredder has created a "pleasure island" to lure misguided teens into his Foot Clan. He becomes a minister of the law and keeps to his askew moral code. He offers gold to his pawns who now seem completely terrified of him as he whispers his plan to traffic the kids off to a nice little place called Pleasure Island. You could say the same of bambi..people are the villains. I came away from it feeling sick. Notre dame is so sad! That’s just the trouble with the world today.”. “A boy who won’t be good may just as well be made of wood.”. The injustices towards animals are as real and now as they were then. She asks him why he did not go to school and Pinocchio starts with the truth. The boy had literally no idea what a school was before he was being sent to one. Also, at the end, it seems everyone interprets Pinocchio as having died when I had thought it was just knocked unconscious or maybe a coma. Writing is my life, my love, my passion, my hobby. After Pinocchio escapes from Stromboli's puppet show even, though Stromboli kept him under a contract he signed, he boards a stagecoach full of boys to Pleasure Island. Lampwick would have been the successor of Honest John. Lastly, it’s important to note that neither Disney nor the protagonists kill the “villain” in films such as Snow White. The truth hurts, especially when it is implicit. Thank you, really! I never noticed them myself until the last time I watched it about 3-4 years ago. Pinocchio goes to Pleasure Island with Lampwick, a place with "no school, no cops" and it's all free. They were lies nonetheless told by either Pinocchio or the movie itself. This was perceived as a lie, of course but the audience knows better. So after reading this I think that, what’s actually even darker is that they can kidnap him again, just as easily after the movie ends and he resumes his life as a little defenseless kid. I haven’t seen Pinocchio since I was probably 8 and I’m 37 now but it’s surprising how I instantly recollected the scenes you were describing. You honestly don’t call that distinguished or successful? The wish is granted by none other than our basic deus ex machina, the Blue Fairy. The island delivers on Honest John’s promise – it is a dazzling array of some of the most sophisticated and ambitious attractions ever to grace the Earth. Who could be called by some as the most truly evil Disney villain who caused massive and unrepaired damage got away with it. Pinocchio's adventure on Pleasure Island had taken place nearly two months ago, back when he was just a wooden puppet in search of becoming a real boy. You need the maturity and wisdom that come with age to be able to safely do all of those things, to gamble without being an addict, to drink without being an alcoholic, or… to have sex without being coerced. Thus far, the movie has been fine. However, I didn’t see any evidence that the coachman was a pedophile. This is very interesting. I would argue that Beauty and the Beast is the only recent Disney film that comes close to allowing a villain to “walk” in the same way as Pinocchio – by which I’m referring to Monsieur D’Arque, probably the only truly “evil” villain in the movie (even the scenes in which Coachman and D’Arque are introduced are strikingly similar, with both men being presented as the personifications of evil). Insightful, super analysis taking into account phenomena in the world. Some of them were darker than others with Hunchback of Notre Dame usually taking the cake, some even putting Black Cauldron and Sleeping Beauty up on that special pedestal. I don’t really think so. Was Stromboli just being innocent? The next scene starts with Mr. Anyway, I wish I’d had this analysis to give them a framework to understand what’s going on here! As for the ones who could still talk, I had thought- although I could be wrong- that he was just holding them there until they, too, lost their ability to speak. Tragic enough when looked at on the surface, more so when one looks under the dark coat. He is also a pedophile. Including that Jiminy was caught too is his way of saying that his conscience was out of his reach–a way to completely avoid the blame that he anticipates from the Fairy. Later, there are explicit messages dark enough for a child’s mind and darker for an adult’s mind. One is explicit and means that that they leave and when they come back, they are donkeys incapable of speech. I especially enjoyed reading your discussion on how the Coachman lures boys, thus representing child trafficking. The children are trafficked to “Pleasure Island” hinting at sexual pleasure. 15 years after the movie’s release, a theory about Donkey’s back story is making waves on the Internet. thank! Quick summary: Pinocchio is lured by the bad foxes, gets sold to a guy in entertainment biz, he escapes, lured by foxes again, then sold to a guy who is going to take him to "pleasure island" (yes, that's the real name of island in movie). Although our puppet friend hadn't heard of the place before Honest John pitched it as a cure-all for everything that ailed him, the Coachman has apparently been branding it to the youth as a sort-of anarchist utopia. Also, as a child I was horrified of the donkey scene and it still til this day watching it years later meant a general visceral nightmare —painting a picture of a specific crime is outside the realm of what’s shown. But there is something notorious about the evil Coachman. You’ve given me quite a lot to think about! Remember the first time Honest John manipulates Pinoke and Jiminy for a second looks at the camera and goes “oh no! There is oone point to this story that is entirely missed altogether. Luring them with treats is characteristic of pedophiles, yes, but in this context it seems it was simply to turn them into donkeys so he could sell them. If I was teaching that class, I would’ve advised them to pay more attention to Disney’s other movies, because many of them have a fair share of dark content. The Coachmanis the owner of the island and takes all the bad boys collected by himself (or others he hires for the job) from various towns and villages to the island. Her very direct role in giving him life and saving his life, as a sort of model of goodness despite all odds against him in the most dire of situations, he needed her desperately. Enter: The Blue Fairy for the second time. Not one of the villains in this film gets what they have coming. Also, I believe Pinocchio’s task is not just impossible because he is asked to do what other people can do – he is asked to do it without actually having a real conscience. 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