This version of Pinocchio tells a story of an extremely gullible, naive and morally confused wooden doll brought to life by a mystical blue fairy. Pinocchio (Mokku) is characterized as having many character faults which he must learn to overcome in order to be worthy of being granted humanity. Some of these character faults include selfishness, rudeness, insensitivity, indolence, obstinacy, over- trusting, self-pity, stupidity, disobedience, compulsive lying, arrogance, greed, cowardice, recklessness, cruelty, foolishness and an inability to learn from mistakes.
Throughout the entire series Pinocchio (Mokku), partly due to his own delinquency and repetitive disobedience, must undergo other costly ordeals of hardship and pain in which he is continuously tormented, persecuted, bullied, humiliated, tricked, ridiculed, ostracised, beaten, downtrodden and subjected to degrading and inhumane treatment. Its plain depiction of the austere reality of what it would be like to be literally subhuman growing up in a world of danger and hardship, makes this another good example of traditional Japanese stories, which teach moral observance through tough endurance.
Wow,an amazing adaption of a classic children's fairy and totally the complete opposite of the lighter campy american disney version we were used to growing up with
yes,you heard me correct,this is the infamouse tatsunoko anime version of Pinnochio which was dubbed here in the U.S by saban as "adventures of Pinnochio",i remember watching this as a kid on HBO back in 1992 on weekday mornings,and beleive me,this version of pinnochio was surprisingly insanley dark in tone.
many of the adventures and danger that pinnochio gets into in this version are very twisted and insane like with episode 5,he tried to take the life of a young
boy's heart with an axe,and the 2 part episode storyline in episodes 7 and 8 where he dealed with a vampriss vampire woman who wanted children for blood,and the most tragic episode where he tried to save a boy in the river but ended up drowning in the river. and the episodes where pinnochio tried to get off devil island during the story arc where he was trying to find his father,
again,this version of pinnochio was very twisted compared to the campy disney pinnochio,the enemies he makes in the series like Jack(fox),whillie(weasle) and charlie(rat) who were cruel to him in the early episodes taking advantage of his gulliable simple personality some how later become friends (espescially the story arc where they constantly tried to escape from that wicked puppet master the second time pinnochio ran into him)
and of course pinnochio also has the ghost cricket by his side to constantly remind him when ever he's about to do something foolish (beleive me,he's far more annoying than his disney counter part jimminy cricket),also when pinnochio gets into seriouse trouble,he also has he guardian oak fairy to constantly remind him that he needs be on good terms by thinking before he acts before he can learn the true trials on how to become a real boy.
also the music (for the saban dub version,never seen the original) was wonderful and fits every mood of every tragic scenes in this show,animation has that cartoony americanize feel to it,but hey,what do you expect,this is something to be expected with most tatsunoko animes from the 70's.
overall,this was a very interesting twist on the classic pinnochio tale and reccommend it,this version should defentially not be taken for granted,as i said before,it deals with contact which teach moral vaules which can disturb younger kids.