Pinocchio is one of my favourite films and a few days ago I watched it again because I knew I wanted to write something about it. But when watching this classic, I noticed that it was full of valuable lessons that Pinocchio learned the hard way. We see good and bad lessons throughout the film.
Here are 8 reasons why Pinocchio is a bad influence, but also teaches us some valuable lessons too:
1). How to treat animals
When Gepetto is dancing with his new puppet, he uses it to kick Figaro and make him jump. You should be gentle and kind to animals - poor Figaro! But we know from the rest of the film that Gepetto is a good man who loves Pinocchio and his pets Figaro and Cleo, which is a much better lesson. Always be kind to animals!
2). Knowing the difference between right and wrong
The fairy tells Pinocchio after making him come to life that he must be brave, truthful, unselfish, and be able to choose between right and wrong. This is when Jiminy Cricket becomes Pinocchio's conscience. This, of course, is a valuable lesson and the most important. However, it is followed by a bad lesson: Pinocchio never learns from his mistakes, or listens to his conscience - until it's too late.
3). Always let your conscience be your guide!
Should Pinocchio be allowed to go to school alone? He is only a boy, and he is still learning a lot of important things such as the difference between right and wrong - even his conscience Jiminy wasn't there! On his way to school, he meets Honest Jon and is hoodwinked into following him to perform for Stromboli as a puppet on stage. But before he follows Honest Jon, Jiminy manages to reach Pinocchio in time and warns him not to go. But Pinocchio ignores his conscience. Even though this is a bad lesson, it turns into a valuable lesson - why it's important to do the right thing and trust your conscience. If Pinocchio had gone to school, he would never have met the evil Stromboli.
4). How to react when you know someone is making a mistake
"Make a fool of yourself, then maybe you'll listen to your conscience," says Jiminy Cricket whilst watching Pinocchio dance on stage. Is this a good attitude to have? Or maybe it's a good lesson - sometimes you have to let someone make a mistake so that they learn from it and realise it's wrong.
5). Telling the truth
Jiminy tells Pinocchio to tell the truth when the fairy comes to rescue them both from the back of Stromboli's carriage. But Pinocchio lies. After everything he has been through, and even being told by his conscience to be honest, he lies to the fairy. Pinocchio makes himself a bad example to people who watch this movie. However, no one is perfect, and we have all told lies at some point. Maybe Pinocchio is actually teaching us that we all make lots of mistakes and that's OK. We all know that Pinocchio doesn't mean to be bad.
6). Following strangers
You'd have thought Pinocchio would have learned from the last time he followed and trusted a stranger - but no. He ends up being one of the children lured into "Pleasure Island". But this also teaches us to say no to strangers, and to never follow someone you don't know.
7). Pinocchio's bad behaviour
"Being bad is lots of fun!" Pinocchio says after making a new friend. He even smokes and drinks whilst playing pool! He ignores his conscience again. But this bad behaviour teaches us why we must always do the right thing and listen to our conscience. Eventually we see that even if being bad is fun, there are consequences and it's much better to be a good person. After Pinocchio escapes Pleasure Island with Jiminy, he has finally learned from his mistakes!
Is this film more of a bad influence or does it teach us valuable lessons? Pinocchio is a kind and brave boy at heart. This movie teaches us how to love, how to learn what's wrong and right from our mistakes, and the importance of being good and always doing the right thing. I think Pinocchio is a beautiful Disney classic filled with valuable lessons.
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