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July 28th, 2010, 1:47 pm

Culinary Context: Pinocchio

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Pinocchio has a strange story behind it, even though the story itself is bizarre. If you read the original Italian tale, you get an unlikable puppet whose mistakes are disturbing and boundless: he smashes the original Talking Cricket to death, accidentally burns his feet off, and lands his father in prison. I didn't read past the first three chapters because I prefer my protagonists to be likable.

Disney's version not only added innocence to the puppet, making him a normal kid, but they kept the cricket alive as Pinocchio's mentor and conscience. Our hero still makes mistakes, but they're not as unforgivable; he misses school to be in a puppet show, but he doesn't treat everyone like dirt as he does in the book. And Jiminy Cricket also does his best, even when Pinocchio doesn't listen to him.
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Ironically, though Disney put a lot of effort into this film, it flopped; probably because even with making the protagonists likable the story was scary; you still have Pleasure Island, where bad boys turn into donkeys, and a giant carnivorous whale that doesn't like to sneeze out its food.


That's why I made today's comic; you can't go darker than dark humor with this puppet.

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