When the old woodcarver Geppetto decides to make a puppet
boy to dance and turn summersaults, he doesn’t know that he has chosen a
magical piece of wood. To his amazement, his puppet can talk and play, just
like the liveliest child. But a human soul must be earned; and thus begin the
adventures of Pinocchio.
A tragicomic figure, Pinocchio is a poor, illiterate
peasant boy with few choices in life who usually chooses to shirk his
responsibilities and get into trouble. Pinocchio plays pranks on Geppetto, is
duped by Fox and Cat, smashes the pedantic talking Cricket, and narrowly
escapes death with the help of the blue-haired Fairy. But he is also brave, and
as he stumbles from one predicament to the next, he makes his way unsteadily
toward his heart’s desire.
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