WOOD BOY DOG FISH at Bootleg Theatre

Photo by Ira Gagon

Neal Weaver  – Arts In LA 

Carlo Collodi’s 19th Century children’s book, The Adventures of Pinocchio, has been largely over-shadowed for modern audiences by Disney’s movie adaptation, which turned it into a sentimental moral tale.

But Collodi’s original was made of sterner stuff: darker, crueler and more disturbing. The hapIess Puppet gets his feet burnt off, and the villains pack some real menace. And when the Cricket appears on the scene, he’s immediately stomped on by the Puppet. Take that, Walt Disney!

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