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Pinocchio Movies: How They End

The endings of the Pinocchio films show the puppet becoming a real boy in different ways. Some have Pinocchio rescued from danger by proving himself brave and unselfish.

Others focus on Geppetto’s unconditional love transforming Pinocchio.Pinocchio is a classic story that has been made into movies many times. The tale is about a wooden puppet who wants to be a real boy.

Disney’s Happy Ending

In Disney’s 1940 animated Pinocchio, the puppet rescues his father Geppetto from the belly of a whale. The Blue Fairy then rewards Pinocchio by turning him into a living boy for proving himself brave, truthful and unselfish. It’s a joyful ending where Pinocchio’s good deeds and virtues are recognized.

Del Toro’s Bittersweet Finale

Guillermo del Toro’s 2022 stop-motion version ends on a more somber note. Pinocchio sacrifices his immortality to save Geppetto from drowning. He dies but is resurrected by the Wood Sprite. However, Pinocchio remains a puppet, outliving Geppetto and his friends. Del Toro shows that it’s Geppetto’s love, not Pinocchio’s form, that makes the puppet a “real boy.”

2022 Live-Action Twist

The Disney+ live-action Pinocchio from 2022 also changes the original ending. After escaping the sea monster, Geppetto tells Pinocchio he loves him just as he is. There is no magical transformation into a human child. The message is that Geppetto accepts Pinocchio completely, as a “real boy,” whether made of wood or flesh.

Themes of Love and Sacrifice

While the Pinocchio movie endings vary, common themes emerge:

  • A parent’s unconditional love is what truly makes the puppet “real”
  • Pinocchio becomes brave and selfless, willing to sacrifice himself for Geppetto
  • Being human is about more than just physical form

In the end, all the versions affirm the importance of love, inner goodness, and being true to yourself. Pinocchio’s journey reveals that it’s not what you’re made of, but who you are inside that counts.

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