Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)

In Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio (1883), old Gepetto carves a Puppet which turns out not only animate (> Animate/Inanimate) but a blockhead Trickster. Pinocchio is naughty and self-destructive and, though he longs to be a Real Boy, must Learn Better before becoming flesh and blood. He is an Underlier figure for novels like Jerome Charyn's Pinocchio's Nose (1983) and Robert Coover's Pinocchio in Venice (1991). He is now most popular as the protagonist of Disney's Pinocchio (1940), where his anarchic naughtiness is instead represented as naive folly. [JC]

This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.