Your Pretty Much Pop A-Team Mark Linsenmayer, Lawrence Ware, Sarahlyn Bruck, and Al Baker discuss the original 1883 freaky children’s story by Carlo Collodi and consider the recent rush of film versions, from a new Disney/Robert Zemikis CGI take to Guillermo del Toro’s stop-motion passion project to a heavily costumed Italian version by Matteo Garrone, which is the second to feature Oscar winner Roberto Benigni in a lead role. Benigni’s previous try was a 2002 version that is the most true to the beats of the original story and maybe because of this has a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. Why do people keep remaking this story, and how has the original moral of “be a good boy and obey” changed over the years?
Read the original story. Some articles going through the film versions include:
- “The twisted history of Pinocchio on screen” by Cindy White
- “Pinocchio: Top 10 Best Movie And TV Adaptations, Ranked by IMDb” by Olivia Hayward
- “Pinocchios, Ranked” by Barry Levitt
- “The Transformations of Pinocchio” by Joan Acocella
- “Pinocchio: The scariest children’s story ever written” by Nicholas Barber
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