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Sex & Nudity

  • Female marionettes perform a can-can dance and their underwear is shown. Jiminy Cricket ogles them briefly in this scene
  • During the sequence where the boys are vandalizing a building in Pleasure Island, a boy pulls down another boy's pants, briefly showing his little rear end.
  • One of Gepetto's wooden clocks consists of a woman spanking a little boy's bare buttocks as he cries out with a jar of paint in his hand.

Violence & Gore

  • In one scene, Pinocchio drowns and is presumed dead, but comes to live as a real boy. Mildly frightening.
  • A clock shows a mother spanking a kid with her hand is mild not violent
  • Mild cartoon action:
  • A cat hits a fox on his head with a mallet two times. The cat bashes the fox on his head, using the same object.
  • A cricket falls into billiard holes twice. This is played for laughs.
  • Children are shown throwing bricks at buildings, knocking stuff down, etc.
  • There is peril throughout the movie.


  • The words "shut up" are used once when Stromboli tries to silence Pinocchio.
  • The word "gypsy," a racial slur for the Romani people, is used a few times.
  • Stromboli curses in Italian gibberish when he gets angry in some scenes.
  • 2 notable uses of "jackass."
  • Jackass is pretty much the only swear word that is heard 4 times. Although this movie is rated G it is also a 1940 movie so back then jackass probably wasn't as bad as it is now because it just refers to a male donkey

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Smoking is shown:
  • Geppetto is shown with a pipe.
  • Pinocchio and Lampwick smoke cigars.
  • Pinocchio and Lampwick also drink beer.
  • The smoking/drinking is done by children. However, the film clearly discourages it.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes can be too intense for younger viewers.
  • There's a child abuse scene with Stromboli who kidnaps Pinocchio and threatens to chop him up into firewood which may upset some of the viewers.
  • The Coachman is an extremely scary character, being a deranged psychopath who mercilessly abuses boys and sells them into slavery once they're turned into donkeys and in one scene, we see his true colors unfold while he delivers the line "They never come back... AS... BOYS!!!", where his face becomes red, and shows a demonic expression, his eyes bulging out madly, a very wide evil grin and his ears and hair becoming pointed, and worse is that he gets away scot-free from his acts.
  • Suggested MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action/peril, thematic elements, some language and smoking
  • Suggested LSF Rating: Remaja
  • The G-rating for this film is very outdated, back in 1940 the rating system was a little weird, it was OK to show violence and incredibly frightening/intense images to kids as long as there was no profanity, sex or nudity. This film includes three very intense and emotional scenes (Pinocchio getting kidnapped by Stromboli, the boys turning into Donkeys/being threatened with a whip, and the escape from Monstro/Pinocchio's supposed death), as well as including tobacco and alcohol usage in various scenes (which are no longer used in children's movies anymore due to legal disputes against such acts).


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Violence & Gore

  • When the Coachman examines a boy who has turned into a donkey and discovers he can no longer speak, he rips off his shirt and kicks him into a crate, when he discovers another is able to speak he throws him into a pen where he bumps his head against a cliff base.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There's a scene in the movie at Pleasure Island which depicts child slavery and animal cruelty with the boys turned into donkeys and being locked in cages and abused by the Coachman selling them into child slavery and ends on a cliffhanger which may be considered controversial by today's standard for modern audiences.
  • There's a scary whale scene with Monstro who is chasing after Pinocchio and Geppetto on the raft on the ocean as they row the oars for dear life and Pinocchio gets drowned by water on the beach.
  • A boy discovers he's turning into a donkey, he's scared out of his wits and calls for help, he begs Pinocchio to save him before competing his transformation with his last words calling out to his mother who isn't there, after completing his transformation he trashes the room in a state of panic before running away outside, Pinocchio then discovers that he's beginning to transform but Jiminy saves him, and they escape the island by jumping off a cliff into the sea.

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