Pinocchio Day is celebrated on February 23 every year. The day marks the anniversary of the release of the Disney film of the same name in 1940. Disney’s “Pinocchio” went on to become a global sensation due to its familiarity as a folk tale in Europe. It was based on the 1883 Italian book “The Adventures of Pinocchio” by Carlo Collodi. Pinocchio followed up as the studio’s second animated feature-length film after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.” The film follows a puppet named Pinocchio in his attempt to become a human boy.
History of Pinocchio Day
“The Adventures of Pinocchio” was originally published in a serialized format under the name “The Story of a Puppet” in a weekly magazine, starting from July 7, 1881. The popularity of the series led to all the installments being compiled and published as a novel in 1883. Since then, the misadventures of Pinocchio have become deeply ingrained into the cultural zeitgeist. The book is now considered a canonical piece of children’s literature. Pinocchio has either featured in or been referenced in many pieces of popular fiction since.
Disney’s “Pinocchio” was the third attempt to adapt the wooden puppet’s story onto the silver screen. It was the studio’s second animated feature-length film after “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” was released in 1937. The film follows the titular character Pinocchio, who was carved out of wood and brought to life by an Italian woodcarver named Geppetto. Pinocchio, through the course of the film, attempts to become a real boy by proving himself to be brave, truthful, and unselfish. He meets many unsavory characters during this quest, guided by Jiminy Cricket. The film deals with themes of morality, social conformity, discipline, and growing up.
The film received stellar reviews after its release. It won two Academy Awards, for Best Original Song and Best Original Score. It is the first Disney film to win in either category. “Pinocchio” was released for home viewing in North America on July 16, 1985, and soon became the best-selling home video title for the year. Its VHS release in the U.K. happened in 1988.
Pinocchio Day timeline
Carlo Collodi writes stories about a puppet named Pinocchio in a weekly magazine for children.
“The Adventures of Pinocchio” is released as a novel.
Disney’s “Pinocchio” is released.
“Pinocchio” is released for home viewing in North America.
Pinocchio Day FAQs
What time period is “Pinocchio” set in?
“Pinocchio” is set in 1826.
Who got swallowed by a whale in “Pinocchio?”
Geppetto was swallowed by a whale.
What does “Pinocchio” symbolize?
The moral lesson in “Pinocchio” is that we must all try to be honest, brave, and selfless, especially when it’s hard.
Pinocchio Day Activities
Read “The Adventures of Pinocchio”
“The Adventures of Pinocchio” is the source material for the iconic Disney film. Spend the day reading the chronicles of the original wooden puppet.
Pinocchio Day is celebrated in honor of the film. What better way to spend the day than watching “Pinocchio?”
Watch another Pinocchio adaptation
Pinocchio has graced the silver screen many times. If you’d like, watch other adaptations of the beloved folktale, such as the 2019 film directed by Matteo Garrone.
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“The Aristocats” was the last movie to be approved by Walt Disney.
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Why We Love Pinocchio Day
It’s an excuse to rewatch the film
Pinocchio is a wonderful film that people of all ages can enjoy. We love any reason to rewatch it!
It’s an excuse to watch Disney movies
Disney’s repertoire of films is phenomenal. We recommend using the day to binge-watch as many Disney films as your heart desires.
It highlights a very beloved folktale
Pinocchio is very deeply embedded into our culture, and his story teaches values such as honesty, accountability, altruism, and bravery. Pinocchio Day is a very apt reminder of that.
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