Mister Geppetto

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Mister Geppetto
The Adventures of Pinocchio character
Geppetto carving Pinocchio.
First appearance The Adventures of Pinocchio
Created by Carlo Collodi
Species Human
Gender Male
Occupation Carpenter
Family Pinocchio (son)
Nationality Italian

Mister Geppetto (/ɨˈpɛt/;[1] Italian: [dʒepˈpetto]),[2] also Mastro Geppetto, is a fictional character in the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi. Geppetto is an elderly, impoverished woodcarver and the creator (and thus 'father') of Pinocchio. He wears a yellow wig resembling cornmeal mush (called polendina), and subsequently his neighbors call him "Polendina" to annoy him. "Geppetto" is a diminutive form of Giuseppe (Joseph).


Geppetto is introduced when carpenter Mister Antonio finds a talking block of pinewood which he was about to carve into a leg for his table. When Geppetto drops by looking for a piece of wood to build a marionette, Antonio gives the block to Geppetto. Geppetto, being extremely poor and thinking on making a living as a puppeteer, carves the block into a boy and names him "Pinocchio". Before he is even built Pinocchio already has a mischievous attitude; no sooner than Geppetto is finished carving Pinocchio's feet does the puppet proceed to kick him. Once the puppet has been finished and Geppetto teaches him to walk, Pinocchio runs out the door and away into the town. He is caught by a carabiniere (a police officer), but when people say that Geppetto dislikes children, the carabiniere assumes that Pinocchio has been treated poorly and imprisons Geppetto. The next morning, Geppetto is released from jail and finds that Pinocchio's feet have burnt off, and replaces them. When Geppetto feeds him three pears, Pinocchio promises to go to school; but because Geppetto has no money to buy school books, he sells his only coat. Geppetto is next seen when Pinocchio believes that the Fairy with Turquoise Hair has died and a pigeon carries him to the seashore, where Geppetto is building a boat to search for Pinocchio. Pinocchio tries to swim to Geppetto, but is washed underwater while Geppetto is swallowed by The Terrible Dogfish, and not seen again until Pinocchio is himself swallowed thereby. Pinocchio and Geppetto escape the Dogfish, and are thence conveyed to shore by a tuna.

After several months of hard work supporting the ailing Geppetto, Pinocchio goes to buy himself a new suit, and Geppetto and Pinocchio are not reunited until the puppet has become a boy and Geppetto is seen healthy and resuming woodcarving.


Actor Version
Christian Rub Pinocchio (Disney version)
Burl Ives Pinocchio (1968 film)
Roberto Bertea Pinocchio (1972 film)
Jim Cummings Pinocchio (1992 film)
Charles S. Dutton Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child
Junji Chiba Piccolino no Bōken
George S. Irving Pinocchio's Christmas
Tom Bosley Pinocchio and the Emperor of the Night
Martin Landau The Adventures of Pinocchio
Martin Landau The New Adventures of Pinocchio
Drew Carey Geppetto (TV musical)
Chris Miller Shrek
Carlo Giuffrè
David Suchet (English voice)
Pinocchio (2002 film)
Howard Ryshpan Pinocchio 3000
Jonathan Summers The Adventures of Pinocchio (opera)
Tony Amendola Once Upon a Time

Disney version[edit]

First appearance Pinocchio (1940)
Created by Carlo Collodi
Portrayed by Tony Amendola (Once Upon a Time)
Voiced by Christian Rub (original dub)
Tony Pope (Kingdom Hearts)
Jeff Bennett (Kingdom Hearts 3D, Blu-Ray bonus features)
Main article: Pinocchio (1940 film)

In the Disney animated film, Geppetto is introduced as a woodworker finishing Pinocchio. Before falling asleep, Geppetto makes a wish on a falling star that Pinocchio come to life. During the night, the Blue Fairy grants Geppetto's wish. The next day, he sends Pinocchio on his first day of school. En route, Pinocchio meets Honest John and Gideon, who convince him to join Stromboli's puppet show instead. When Pinocchio returns home, he finds the workshop empty and learns from a letter by the Blue Fairy that Geppetto, venturing out to sea to rescue Pinocchio from Pleasure Island, had been swallowed by 'Monstro' (a whale-like variation of The Terrible Dogfish). Determined to rescue his father, Pinocchio is reunited with Geppetto and his pets in Monstro's throat, where Pinocchio burns spare furniture to choke their captor into releasing them. This done, Monstro pursues them to the coast, where Pinocchio pulls Geppetto to safety, but himself falls senseless. While Geppetto mourns Pinocchio at home, the Blue Fairy revives Pinocchio, and makes him human.

Geppetto appeared the following year in the short All Together (1941), made for the Canadian government.[3]

Disney's version of Geppetto has also made appearances in Disney's House of Mouse as well as in the Kingdom Hearts series of video games in the "Monstro" world.

Television musical[edit]

Main article: Geppetto (TV musical)

Geppetto is title character in the 2000 made-for-television musical, portrayed by Drew Carey. He dearly wishes to become a father. One day his wish is granted by the Blue Fairy, and she brings to life a wooden puppet, made by Geppetto, named Pinocchio. In the beginning everything is rosy for the new family, yet slowly things begin to unravel, culminating with Pinocchio running away. Geppetto, thinking Pinocchio would rather live with the evil Stromboli, washes his hands of the whole matter and tries to go back to his lonely life. Stromboli, however, had kidnapped Pinocchio and was using him as the main attraction in his puppet show.

Geppetto finally comes to his senses and goes out to rescue Pinocchio, but Pinocchio has run away from Stromboli to the infamous "Pleasure Island". On his way there, Geppetto has several chance encounters, including a professor that creates children to precise specifications, and a struggling, traveling magician. Pleasure Island is not all that it seems and Pinocchio is turned into a donkey, with Geppetto arriving just in time to see Pinocchio and to try and rescue him. They set sail on a small boat, get hit by a storm in the middle of the sea and are swallowed by a whale.

They manage to escape and forgive each other for their wrongs, and Pinocchio is turned into a 'Real Boy' by the end of the movie and all live happily ever after.


Main article: Geppetto (Fables)

Geppetto is a major villain in the Fables comic series written by Bill Willingham and published by DC Comics. His actions are responsible for the entire premise of the comic book, in that he is the being known as "The Adversary" who masterminded the conquest of the Fable homelands, forcing the Fables to flee into the mundane world. [4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Geppetto is one of the many characters from fairy tales and classic stories that appear in Shrek. Geppetto is once again Pinocchio's father, and sells the puppet to Farquaad's army in the first film.
  • In the animated television series The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Geppetto (voiced by Barry Dennen) and Pinocchio appear in the episode "Billy Ocean" when Billy is lost at sea when he is swallowed by Blubbery Joe, who has already swallowed them too.
  • In the Avengers Fairy Tales by Marvel Fairy Tales, the character of Hank Pym appears as Geppetto. Several television shows also portray the character as a possible pedophile to parody the character and his reasons for making the wooden boy.
  • In the animated sketch comedy series Mad, Geppetto is seen controlling Pinocchio, and then he complains that Pinocchio has no "midi-chlorians" after Count Poo-Poo slashed Pinocchio's strings.
  • Geppetto is also a character in the British TV series Eleventh Hour and the U.S. TV series Eleventh Hour, named for his desire to produce a human clone to replace his lost son.
  • In the American adult animated sitcom Family Guy, Mister Geppetto is seen with Pinocchio in the episode "North by North Quahog" in a cutaway in which Geppetto pretends to drop his glasses and tries to make Pinocchio tell a lie in order for his nose to penetrate his anus
  • In the U.S. TV series Once Upon a Time, in addition to being depicted as the toymaker and Pinocchio's father, Geppetto (played by Tony Amendola) is also shown as a young boy whose parents die after Jiminy inadvertently uses magic from Rumpelstiltskin. His real world counterpart is Marco who is Storybrooke's handyman.


  1. ^ US dict: jɨ·pĕt′·ō
  2. ^ "Gepetto". Dizionario d'Ortografia e di Pronunzia. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ Roe, Bella Honess (2011). A. Bowdoin Van Riper, ed. Learning from Mickey, Donald and Walt: Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films. McFarland. p. 20. ISBN 978-0-7864-8475-1. 
  4. ^ Irvine, Alex (2008), "Fables", in Dougall, Alastair, The Vertigo Encyclopedia, New York: Dorling Kindersley, pp. 72–81, ISBN 0-7566-4122-5, OCLC 213309015 

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