Adventures of Pinocchio (2/21/2017)

On February 21, 2017 we opened the class with the Adventures of Pinocchio presentation. The first film was made in 1996, with a budget of 25 million which they only made 36 million in sales. This was not a huge profit as some of the other films we saw in other presentations we had in class. There were some differences in the movie compares to the book.

The movie differences from the novel includes Gepetto’s love interest Leona. The fox and the cat whom was the thieves in the novel are humans named Voipe and Feinet. The blue fairy is not one of the main characters.  The main protagonist is the puppet master named Lorenznei. Pinocchio has a mysterious change which turns him into a boy, and he is granted with new parents, Gepetto and Leona.

The novel was written by an Italian author Carlo Collodi in Pescia, published in 1883. Over the course of the novel there has been 240 languages adapted worldwide. The novel gives children life lessons on obedience and being appreciative to the ones that love you. Something I learn was that as a child you should always be obedient and tell the truth. A lie can affect others around you and this can create consequences. Listening and doing what your higher say prevents you from getting into harmful situations. If you can listen to someone, you become a wiser person. Wisdom makes a growth to maturity.

In class we being with partner discussion talking about punishments Pinocchio went through, like the fairy making his nose grow for lying, him getting eaten by a whale, and Pinocchio being sent to jail. His punishments came from the chances given hoping that Pinocchio will change but he does not.  When Pinocchio was changed into the donkey, he was at the last straw when it came to being noncompliant. When we think of a donkey, we think dumb and not willing to learn. Pinocchio was that, unwilling to change and listen to his superior.  The punishments showed Pinocchio that, his action not only affected him at the moment but his actions can affect him later in life as well. He had to learn that his behavior made others suffer.

Our next discussion was what could happen if the story was cut short and Pinocchio died. We wanted to see how the effects of him dying could affect the lesson we could have learned. It would have shown that behaviors could not change. The story would not benefit kids because the story has no way of showing if the actions are continued how a person can change. Throughout the journey of a kid’s life, books can help show how punishments help make changes in behaviors. However if Pinocchio died early in the book, it would give that scary vision that bad behaviors can put you in predicaments where it could end life soon, just by not doing what was said to do. There is a con and a pro for the story if it was cut.

Our last discussion for class was on Gepetto. Gepettos has that unconditional love for his child. He does not scold him on his actions. Pinocchio was given a lack of a leash. Gepettos was always there for Pinocchio even though he was abandoned by Pinocchio. Gepetto gives the view of parents having love for their children, no matter how much a child puts them through. Parents can be patience and hope for the best. We see this a lot from Gepetto as in patience and him supporting Pinocchio.

The connection to other books we read, Pinocchio has a more connection to how we relate obedience to our life than the other fairy tales. When we think about lying, we want kids to know that the truth holds more respect in our social norms. Telling the truth shows a person has courage and is willing to learn from mistakes. Other real connections Pinocchio had to real life situation is that parents show their love a lot to children even though children on not on the right path.

We lastly went over the topics for the midterm paper and the grading format. So work hard on your paper and your grade will reflect off your work.  Also make the paper in MLA format with page numbers.


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