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The Villains in Pinocchio

Discussion in 'Disney / Pixar' started by Michael J. Ruhland, Jun 5, 2015.

  1. Michael J. Ruhland

    Michael J. Ruhland Apprentice Forum Member New Member

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    It has brought up often times how the villains in Pinocchio are never punished, but what I'm wondering is not why Disney did this but how it was able to happen at all. The production code of course was in full force at this time, and it stated that anyone who broke the law, had to be punished. They have a line in the film that specificly states that what the coachman was doing was against the law. If anyone has any ideas how they could have gotten away with this I would appreciate it.
  2. emeraldisle

    emeraldisle Moderator Staff Member I SUPPORT BCDB!

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    Well, let me see. Stromboli was probably arrested offscreen. The Fox and Cat may have been arrested, too, or turned themselves in. As for the Coachman, maybe after Pinocchio became a real boy, he sent the gendarmes to Pleasure Island.. After all, that guy could never convince grown men to fool around and turn into donkeys, now could he?
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    There are two possible lines-of-thinking on this issue. One is that these villains are cast in a very ugly light, showing how greedy, heartless, subversive and guileful they are. None of them have anything sympathetic about them, so nobody would want to emulate them. Therefore, it was deemed unnecessary to depict them receiving justice, as their wickedness is shown in the most unglamorous light possible.

    Two is that Walt Disney had a huge amount of clout, enough to get Disney World classed as an autonomous principality, able to draft their own laws, and set up their own justice and penal systems. It's almost a state unto itself. The Hayes Commission also had Disney Studio members on its executive board. Thus, the Hayes board was too fearful of interfering with Disney features, lest some congressmen and senators should decide to tax them, and regulate them, and audit them, then tax them some more. In those days, what Disney wanted, Disney got.
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    peterhale Moderator Staff Member I SUPPORT BCDB!

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    I'm not sure it is actually stated in the Code that "anyone who broke the law, had to be punished".

    Indeed, under the heading "Plot Material" rule 7 (d) states: "Crime need not always be punished, as long as the audience is made to know that it is wrong."

    I think the moral values in Disney films are usually pretty clearly defined. The Code demanded that crime should not be made attractive. The boys' bad behaviour is "punished" by their turning into donkeys. Pinocchio is constantly caused to regret his actions. But the villains are just that - villains. Their behaviour is clearly "bad" because it causes harm to the hero, Pinocchio. What is morally important is that Pinocchio recognises this and escapes their influence. Since their subsequent punishment would bog down the plot, it is not required.
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