Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio

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Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio
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Screenshot from the TV series Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio, displaying Gepetto and Pinocchio
樫の木モック
(Mokku of the Oak Tree)
Genre Fantasy, Drama
Anime television series
Directed by Seitaro Hara
Studio Tatsunoko Productions
Network Fuji Television
English network BBC (United Kingdom)
HBO (United States)
Original run January 4, 1972January 1, 1973[1]
Episodes 52 (List of episodes)
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Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio, also known as Mokku of the Oak Tree (樫の木モック Kashi no Ki Mokku?), or Mokku Woody the Oak Tree in Japan, is a 52 episode anime series by Tatsunoko Productions first aired on Fuji Television in 1972.[1] The story is based on the novel The Adventures of Pinocchio by Italian author Carlo Collodi.[2]

Unlike the lighter, more cheerful tones of the Disney Version and Nippon Animation's version Piccolino no Bōken, this series has a distinctly darker, more sadistic theme, and portrays the main character, Pinocchio (Mokku), as suffering from constant physical and psychological abuse and freak accidents.

Plot[edit]

This version of tells a story of an extremely gullible, naive and morally confused wooden doll brought to life by a mystical blue fairy. Pinocchio (Mokku) is characterized as having many character faults which he must learn to overcome in order to be worthy of being granted humanity. Some of these character faults include selfishness, rudeness, insensitivity, indolence, obstinacy, over- trusting, self-pity, stupidity, disobedience, compulsive lying, arrogance, greed, cowardice, recklessness, cruelty, foolishness and an inability to learn from mistakes. [3]

For example during the fifth episode, 'What is a Heart', Pinocchio actually resorts to committing attempted murder to acquire a child's heart because he thinks it will help him become a real boy. In the tenth episode, 'When my nose gets longer', Pinocchio is forcefully adopted by a Nobleman and becomes a Prince, whereupon he becomes so corrupted with wealth and privileges that he becomes extremely rude and aggressive to his servants and charges about his adopted father's estates on horseback, randomly riding down any person who gets in his way, whilst laughing at the terror, indignity and danger inflicted upon others for his personal amusement. Pinocchio is of course severely punished by the blue fairy for these acts of utter selfishness who makes his nose turn into a small tree. Pinocchio is consequently disowned and cast out naked into the wilderness by his adopted father who can't stop laughing at him as he is dragged away crying out in vain for mercy. The episode ends with a forlorn Pinocchio weeping bitterly as he fumbles through the castle's surrounding brambley undergrowth, naked and cold because his ex-adopted father has taken away his expensive attire. There are clearly illustrated scratches etched into the wood of his body from the surrounding vegetation. The sequel episode sees Pinocchio transform into a small tree with a face and with roots fixed deep into the soil so that he can no longer move. He is eventually found by a wood cutter who chops him down and sells him as a novelty singing tree. In the last episode, he is even shot by a group of Russian cossacks.

Throughout the entire series Pinocchio (Mokku), partly due to his own delinquency and repetitive disobedience, must undergo other costly ordeals of hardship and pain in which he is continuously tormented, persecuted, bullied, humiliated, tricked, ridiculed, ostracised, beaten, downtrodden and subjected to degrading and inhumane treatment. Its plain depiction of the austere reality of what it would be like to be literally subhuman growing up in a world of danger and hardship, makes this another good example of traditional Japanese stories, which teach moral observance through tough endurance.

The cultural backdrop of these episodes seem to suggest an alpine region during the mid to late 19th century, only with an added mythical theme which includes creatures such as vampires, fairies, witches and mermaids as well as talking animals not to mention of course a living puppet. Such backdrops could include countries such as Switzerland, Austro-Hungary or even the Papal States.

English versions[edit]

The series was dubbed into English by Saban Entertainment, under the title Saban's Adventures of Pinocchio. This version was shown in the United States on weekday mornings on HBO in 1992.

A separate English version was created by Jim Terry (Force Five). Titled The Adventures of Pinocchio, it consisted of several episodes edited together to create a 90-minute movie. This version, released on video in 1989, was dubbed by Harmony Gold, using different voice actors than the Saban version.

The on-screen title was given as 'Pinocchio The Series', to emphasize the fact that this was an independent production, unrelated to the Disney feature.

Cast[edit]

English voice actors cited are from the 1990s Saban dub.

Staff[edit]

Episodes[edit]

# Episode Name Original air date
01 "The Puppet is Alive!"
(ぼくは悲しい木の人形) 
January 4, 1972 (1972-01-04)
02 "I Don't Want to be a Puppet"
(人形なんてもういやだ) 
03 "Mind Your Father!"
(お願い、ぼくを信じて) 
04 "Who Can I Trust?"
(人形だって勇気があるんだ) 
05 "What is a Heart?"
(人間はなんてすばらしい!) 
06 "Field of Witches Part 1"
(ぼくの心にすむ悪魔(前)) 
07 "Field of Witches Part 2"
(ぼくの心にすむ悪魔(後)) 
08 "Pleasureland"
(悪い妖精はよんでいる) 
09 "The Magic Ring"
(ぼくは哀れな悪魔人間) 
10 "Never Tell a Lie"
(ぼくの鼻がのびる時 (When My Nose Gets Longer)) 
11 "A Mother's Love"
(母の愛がしりたいの) 
12 "I Won't Be Fooled Around"
(ぼくはもうだまされない) 
13 "I Have a Dream, Too"
(ぼくにだって夢がある) 
14 "Save the Oak Tree!"
(ぼくの樫の木はのこった) 
15 "I'm Falling Apart!"
(木の脚だっていきている) 
16 "Monkey Business"
(教えてよ、サル先生) 
17 "Pinocchio's Brother"
(ぼくの希望がとんでゆく) 
18 "From Rags to Riches"
(人形だってえらいんだ) 
19 "The Magic Violin"
(負けるな!魔法のバイオリン(前)) 
20 "Greedy Kings are Evil Kings"
(負けるな!魔法のバイオリン(後)) 
21 "The Treasure Island"
(ぼくがさがした宝物) 
22 "The Sorrowful Stranger"
(カナシミ博士さようなら) 
23 "The Money Tree"
(おかねのなる木を探せ) 
24 "Mermaids and Pirates"
(人魚とともに消えた夢(前)) 
25 "I'll Be a Pirate!"
(人魚とともに消えた夢(後)) 
26 "The Snake with Three Heads"
(おじいちゃん死なないで) 
27 "I Want to Fly!"
(心の翼をありがとう) 
28 "Nobody Can Save Me Now!"
(ぼくの脚に根がはえた) 
29 "Captured by Bandits"
(山賊どもの前にたて) 
30 "Be a Clown!"
(ぼくはピエロじゃない!) 
31 "Find Pinocchio!"
(自由にむかって逃げるんだ) 
32 "Lost at Sea"
(別れの船は暗黒大陸へ) 
33 "Pinocchio Saves the Day"
(オモチャだっておこるさ) 
34 "Sophia Sees"
(ぼくは神の子モックだ!) 
35 "Guardian of the Tomb"
(墓守怪獣いつまでも) 
36 "The Princess and the Dragon"
(ぼくの魔法は勇気と知恵だ) 
37 "Filthy Rich"
(悪い夢は砂漠にすてろ!) 
38 "You Must be Brave, Pinocchio"
(サーカス一座はもういやだ) 
39 "Over the Sea in a Balloon"
(飛べ!気球 ふるさとへ) 
40 "Down With Sneeroff"
(立ち上がれ大木魔神) 
41 "The Evil Spirit"
(悪い夢の精よさようなら) 
42 "Dream Man"
(死の砦を打ち破れ) 
43 "The Fortress of Doom"
(ぼくを燃やして!) 
44 "A Freezing Snowstorm"
(雪女よ 静かに眠れ) 
45 "Avalanche!"
(賞金稼ぎをおっぱらえ) 
46 "Gunner"
(木はみんなぼくの仲間) 
47 "How Many Pinocchios Are There?!"
(海魔王の怒りにいどめ) 
48 "Fury of the Sea Devil"
(地獄島は死んでいる) 
49 "Devil Island"
(よみがえれ地獄島) 
50 "The Fire Monster"
(悲しいイブに鐘がなる) 
51 "A Sad Christmas Eve"
(ぼくの夢は輝く星に) 
52 "Flowers in the Snow"   January 1, 1973 (1973-01-01)

Music[edit]

This series uses several pieces of theme music for different adaptations. The original Japanese opening is "Kashi no Ki Mokku (樫の木モック)" which is sung by Kumiko Onoki. The original Japanese ending theme is "Boku wa kanashii ki-no ningyo (A Sad Wood Puppet Doll)" which is sung by Moon Drops. Whereas the intro carries an upbeat, "friendly" kids tune, the ending reflects the overall mood of the series.

The English adaptation has two songs, one for the mini movie made from the series, and the other for the actual 52 episode series that aired on HBO. These songs were "Whoa, Oh, Pinocchio" sung by Bullets for the movie, and "He's Pinocchio" produced by Saban. however in addition, when this series aired on HBO in 1992, Saban used a completely different instrumental theme song with no lyrics which differed from the "He's Pinocchio" song.

In the Saban version, Shuki Levy reused a lot of the Music from the The Adventures of Ronald McDonald: McTreasure Island TV special Produced by Dic Entertainment

DVD Availability[edit]

A selection of Pinocchio episodes are available in the UK at Amazon.co.uk[4] under the title "The Magical World of Pinocchio". These are the American dubbed Jetix/Saban episodes, with the usual censorship (e.g. the cricket's death is not shown). A DVD of the Jim Terry feature-length version is also available on Amazon.com as "The Adventures of Pinocchio" from Warner Home Video.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "作品データベース 樫の木モック". Tatsunoko Production (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Mokku of the Oak Tree". Tatsunoko Production USA. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  3. ^ "Tatsunoko Pro". Tatsunoko Production. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  4. ^ "The Magical World Of Pinocchio". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 

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