PINOCCHIO Biography - Fictional, Iconical & Mythological characters


Biography » fictional iconical mythological characters » pinocchio


Name: Pinocchio                                                                     
Pinocchio is a fictional character that first appeared in 1883, in The               
Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, and has since appeared in many             
adaptations of that story and others. Carved from a piece of pine by a               
woodcarver named Geppetto in a small Italian village, he was created as a puppet,   
but dreamt of becoming a real boy.                                                   
Japanese manga Artist Osamu Tezuka was inspired by this charming tale when he       
created the popular icon Astroboy. In addition, the story of Pinocchio was made     
into an anime television series by Tatsunoko Productions in 1972 as Kashi no Ki     
Mokku (Mokku the Oak Tree), and again by Nippon Animation in 1976 as The             
Adventures of Piccolino (Pinocchio was renamed "Piccolino" in this version).         
Tatsunoko's series was shown on HBO in the United States in 1992 as Saban's         
Adventures of Pinocchio.                                                             
The Japanese superhero Kikaider (1972), created by Shotaro Ishinomori, was           
partly inspired by Pinocchio (and by Frankenstein's monster).                       
Not actually an adaptation of the story proper, the video game Toy Pop released     
by Namco in 1986 features a character named "Pino", who was inspired by the         
Pinocchio character. It was a Japan-only release until it was included in Namco     
Museum Vol.1, which was released in the United States in 1995.                       
In a similar vein, the 1995 Super Famicom title Wonder Project J, released in       
Japan by Enix (now Square Enix), is a raising simulation in which a robot child     
named "Pino" is taught human emotions and feelings by the fairy helper of Dr.       
Geppetto in the hopes of eventually becoming a human boy. In the canon ending,       
Pino will activate the J circuit, appearing to die, but the sequel reveals that     
he has been reborn as a human child.