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Pinocchio is a work by Carlo Collodi published in 1880 in Italy. It has come to be regarded as a children's classic and has been filmed over twenty times. Notable film versions include Walt Disney's full-length cartoon feature (see Pinocchio (1940 movie)), and a less successful live-action film in 2002 directed by and starring Roberto Benigni.

Collodi had not originally intended the work as purely a children's story: in the original version Pinocchio dies, hanged for his innumerable faults, and only in the later versions would the story be converted to the famous ending with the marionette transforming into a child. Many reviewers conclude that Pinocchio, rather than a children's tale, is an allegory of contemporary society, a look at the contrast between respectability and free instinct in a very severe, formal time. Behind the optimistic pedagogical appearance, the romance is a sad irony, and sometimes a satire, on that formal pedagogy and, through this, against the nonsense of these social manners in general. In style the story was new and modern, opening the way to many writers of the following century. Its Italian language is peppered with Florentinisms. Several of the book's concepts have become commonplace, particularly the proverbial long nose for liars.

Pinocchio had an immediate success, but in upper class families it was not initially regarded as suitable for "well-educated" children.

The Disney animated film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

Pinocchio is Italian for "pine eye".

See also Jiminy Cricket

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