Compare and Contrast Essay
A Good Boy Turns Bad
Millions of children and adults have been charmed by the story of the naughty puppet Pinocchio that wanted to become a real boy. Pinocchio is carved by Geppetto, then becomes rebellious against his father, disobedient to the good fairy, victimized at the hands of the deceitful cat and fox, changed into a donkey, rescued his father in the whale, and eventually becomes a real boy. Most people do not know that there are two versions of Pinocchio. One is the simplified version that Disney has given us, the version most people are familiar with. The other is the real thing, the original.
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Disney’s version shows Pinocchio walking to school with an apple to give to his teacher. In Disney’s version Pinocchio was a sincere boy that was sorry for his actions even though he got into trouble. No examples were given in the Disney version that Pinocchio would act thoughtless against others.
In Collodi’s version, Pinocchio becomes a full donkey instead of just gaining donkey ears and a tail which was what happened in Disney’s version. He is transformed back into a wooden boy in Collodi’s version after being tossed in the ocean and the fish eat the donkey fur off his body. In Disney’s version he loses his tail and ears after saving Gepetto from drowning.
In the original story, Geppetto and Pinocchio are not swallowed by a whale called “Monstro” but by a shark, which Collodi calls “The Terrible Dogfish.” The pictures of this terrible dogfish are gruesome, not like the simplicity of the whale in Disney’s version.
Other characters also take a different personality in the original version. Gepetto is not the kind old man that Disney portrayed. He is described in the original version as hot-tempered and grindingly poor. Pinocchio’s conscience Jiminy is not named Jiminy in the original version. There is a talking cricket, but he is not named. He also doesn't wear a top hat, and he gets squished by Pinocchio when he was trying to give him advice early in the story. Collodi’s original tale includes villains and adversaries left out of the Disney version. The most notable of these may be “The Green Fisherman,” a ogre like creature who coats Pinocchio in flour and attempts to fry and eat him before being saved by one of Pinocchio’s friends, a dog named Alidoro whom Pinocchio had previously saved from...