Talking Cricket

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Talking Cricket
The Adventures of Pinocchio character
File-Grillo parlante.jpg
Il Grillo Parlante, as illustrated by Enrico Mazzanti
First appearanceThe Adventures of Pinocchio
Created byCarlo Collodi
In-universe information
SpeciesCricket
GenderMale
NationalityItalian

The Talking Cricket (Italian: Il Grillo Parlante) is a fictional character that appears in the 1883 Italian book The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le avventure di Pinocchio) by Carlo Collodi.[1][2][3]

Role[edit]

"You are a puppet and what's worse is that you have a head of wood".

The Talking Cricket, which has lived in Geppetto's house for over a century, makes his first appearance in chapter IV, after Pinocchio's mischief has landed his creator Geppetto in prison, and insists that Pinocchio must either attend school or work, to function properly in the world. When Pinocchio refuses to listen, the Cricket states, "You are a puppet and what's worse is that you have a head of wood", whereupon Pinocchio throws a mallet at the cricket, killing him.

In chapter XIII, the Talking Cricket appears as a ghost to Pinocchio, telling him to return home rather than keep an appointment with the Fox and the Cat (Il Gatto e la Volpe). Pinocchio refuses and in chapter XIV, he is subsequently injured.

The Talking Cricket reappears in chapter XVI, where he and his colleagues, the Crow and the Owl, tend to Pinocchio's injuries.

The Talking Cricket makes his final appearance in chapter XXXVI, living in a house given to him by the Fairy with Turquoise Hair, where he allows Pinocchio and the ailing Geppetto to stay while Geppetto recovers his health.

Media portrayals[edit]

  • In the 1940 Disney film Pinocchio, the Talking Cricket is renamed Jiminy Cricket (voiced by Cliff Edwards) and portrayed very differently, as he becomes Pinocchio's inseparable companion and advisor, under instructions from the Fairy with the Turquoise Hair (renamed the 'Blue Fairy').[4][5] His relationship with Pinocchio is much less adversarial than in the book as he accompanies Pinocchio on his adventures. Jiminy Cricket also appeared as the host of the two story segments in the theatrical release Fun and Fancy Free, as well as in several recurring segments of the children's television series The Mickey Mouse Club, and he later appeared as the Ghost of Christmas Past in Mickey's Christmas Carol. Jiminy also appeared as a Disney mascot. Jiminy Cricket later appears in Disney's House of Mouse and Kingdom Hearts voiced by Eddie Carroll. In later projects following Eddie Carroll's death, Phil Snyder and Joe Ochman have since voiced Jiminy Cricket.
The Talking Cricket, as portrayed in Giuliano Cenci's animated film The Adventures of Pinocchio (1972)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Joy Lo Dico. "Classics corner: Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi | Culture". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  2. ^ Wunderlich, Richard; Morrissey, Thomas J. (2014-04-04). Pinocchio Goes Postmodern: Perils of a Puppet in the United States - Richard Wunderlich, Thomas J. Morrissey. ISBN 9781135023171. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  3. ^ "Pinocchio's Real Roots Mapped". News.discovery.com. 2011-07-08. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  4. ^ Zipes, Jack (2013-08-21). Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry - Jack Zipes. ISBN 9781135252960. Retrieved 2015-07-01.
  5. ^ Rich, Nathaniel (2011-10-24). "Carlo Collodi's Pinocchio: Why is the original Pinocchio subjected to such sadistic treatment?". Slate.com. Retrieved 2015-07-01.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Collodi, Le Avventure di Pinocchio 1883, Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli