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Pinocchio and His Puppet Show Adventure by Walt Disney Company
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Jun 09, 2014

it was amazing
bookshelves: disney, fairy-tales, has-a-movie

Geppetto works on a wooden marionette boy he names Pinocchio for his "wooden-head". Before falling asleep, Geppetto makes a wish on a falling star that Pinocchio could become a real boy. Long after Geppetto had fallen asleep, the Evening Star begins to glow, and comes through the window. Then, the gorgeous Blue Fairy appears to grant Geppetto's wish and brings Pinocchio to life, though he is still a puppet. The fairy tells Pinocchio that if he wants to become a real boy of flesh and blood he must prove himself to be brave, truthful and unselfish and able to tell right from wrong by listening to his conscience. Pinocchio does not understand what a conscience is, and Jiminy appears to explain it to him. The Blue Fairy asks if Jiminy would serve as Pinocchio's conscience, a task he accepts.

When Geppetto is awaken by some brief ruckus, he discovers that his wish has come true and is filled with joy, and the next day he sends Pinocchio to school. However, Pinocchio is led to the conniving con artists Foulfellow and Gideon, who convinces him to join a puppet show led by Stromboli, a bossy puppeteer. Pinocchio becomes Stromboli's star attraction, but when Pinocchio offers to come back in the morning, Stromboli locks Pinocchio in a birdcage to stop him from leaving. Jiminy goes into the caravan to wish Pinocchio "good-luck", thus realizing than Pinocchio had been duped into servitude. When Jiminy is unable to break the padlock, the Blue Fairy comes to discover that Pinocchio played hooky and as Pinocchio lies, his nose grows into a tree-branch with a bird's nest. The Blue Fairy explains the consequences of lying to Pinocchio, that lies can "grow and grow, until it's as plain as the nose on his face". At the pleas of Jiminy, the Blue Fairy frees Pinocchio from the cage, but warns him that it's the last time she can help him.

During Pinocchio's captivity, Honest John and Gideon meet the Coachman at the Red Lobster Inn to talk business. The Coachman explains that he is seeking foolish boys to dupe into going to Pleasure Island. Honest John worries that the police will intervene and the Coachman says that there's no risk, and implies that the boys do not ever come back as humans. Pinocchio is determined to behave, but on his way back to Geppetto's house, Pinocchio is once again led astray by Honest John and Gideon, who convince him to go to Pleasure Island. On his way he befriends Lampwick, a misbehaved and destructive boy. Then Jiminy discovers the island has a curse that transforms boys who "make jackasses of themselves" into real donkeys, who are then sold to work in the salt mines and circuses as part of an evil racket run by The Coachman. While playing pool with each other, Lampwick is soon transformed into a donkey, but Pinocchio and Jiminy manage to escape in time before the curse hits Pinocchio, although he is left with a donkey's ears and tail.

Upon returning home, they find the workshop empty and soon learn from a letter by the Blue Fairy that Geppetto, while venturing out to sea to rescue Pinocchio from Pleasure Island, had been swallowed by a giant whale named Monstro. Determined to rescue his father, Pinocchio jumps into the bottom of the ocean, with Jiminy accompanying him. However, Pinocchio is soon found and eaten by Monstro, where he is reunited with Geppetto and his pets inside the whale. Pinocchio devises an escape plan by burning wood in order to make Monstro sneeze. The plan works, but the enraged whale gives chase. Pinocchio sacrifices his life to save his father. As Geppetto, Jiminy and the pets mourn Pinocchio's battered wooden-body, the Blue Fairy decides that Pinocchio has proven himself unselfish and thus fulfills her promise to turn him into a real boy, bringing him back to life, much to the delight of Geppetto and Jiminy.

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