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Baby Gonzo as Pinocchio
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Pinocchio, as interviewed by Kermit as a "Sesame Street News Flash".
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Elmo as "Pinocchielmo"
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The Sesame Street Storytime Calendar 1982
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"The Great Muppet Cartoon Show."

The Adventures of Pinocchio is a classic children's book by Italian author Carlo Collodi. Originally serialized, it was published as a novel in 1883.

The story is about a woodcarver named Geppetto and his marionette, Pinocchio, who magically comes to life. Geppetto becomes a father figure to the little wooden boy, but Pinocchio eventually leaves his home. Over the course of his adventures, he is reunited with Geppetto and eventually turned into a real boy by the Blue Fairy who brought him to life in the first place.

The Adventures of Pinocchio has been adapted many times, but the version that modern audiences are most familar with is Walt Disney's 1940 animated feature film Pinocchio.

Both the story and its title character have been adapted and referenced in several Muppet and Creature Shop productions.

The Muppets

  • Two songs from the Disney film were performed on The Muppet Show:
  • The Summer 1985 issue of Muppet Magazine features a comic entitled "Punkocchio" starring Gonzo as the main character.
  • In a Twitter posting on January 26, 2012, as part of the Ask Kermit promotion for the United Kingdom premiere of The Muppets, when asked if his favorite Disney movie was The Princess and the Frog, Kermit replied, "Pinnocchio because I love when Jiminy Cricket sings "When You Wish Upon a Star"." [1]

Sesame Street

Muppet Babies

Henson

  • In 2008, it was announced that the the Jim Henson Company was producing a stop-motion animation adaptation, with Guillermo del Toro executive producing.[2] Project stills were released in 2011.

Connections

  • Paul Reubens played Pinocchio in the "Faerie Tale Theatre" episode.
  • Will Smith voiced Pinocchio in the 'Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child' episode.

Sources

  1. Twitter posting for January 26, 2012
  2. "Guillermo del Toro plots Pinocchio", Dave McNary, Variety. November 14, 2008.
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