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's homonymous animated film (first released on February 7, 1940), although a free interpretation of the Collodi's story, is considered a masterpiece of the art of animation and has been deemed "culturally significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.
It is about the mischievous adventures of Pinocchio, an animate marionette, and his poor father, a woodcarver named Geppetto.
It is considered a classic of children's literature and has spawned many derivative works of art, such as Disneys classic 1940 animated movie of the same name, and commonplace ideas, such as a liars long nose.
"Geppetto", a TV-movie that aired on The Wonderful World of Disney in 2000 starring Drew Carey in the title role and what he did while Pinocchio was on his adventures.
The word "renaissance" is written in lower case as an adjective, which implies vigor, renewal, rebirth, and is decidedly not referring to the kind of food that was served during 14th to 16th century -- to which I say, thank you.
Though it is casual and laid-back, Geppetto's is running with some of the big-guy Italian restaurants in the city (but at prices that are substantially lower).
The baked cavatelli may not be quite up to the standard set by Rosebud restaurants, but it was quite good, the chewy little dumplings graced with a flavorful marinara sauce, fresh basil and a wealth of cheeses (Parmesan and Asiago are two of them).
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