Does the rest of the world know that?


The Oscar statuette , the symbol of the Academy Awards

It’s been an Oscar-filled week. The nominations decisions have now been made. Oscars 2015 nominations, snubs & shocks: as it happened. The ceremony itself takes place on February 22, however close your eyes for a moment and let an azure-lidded fantasy flood your mind’s eye. You open  and …


 When you wish upon a star, sings Jiminy Cricket at the start of Disney’s Pinocchio, your dreams come true.


Jiminy Cricket is the Walt Disney version of The Talking Cricket (Italian: Il Grillo Parlante).The Talking Cricket is a fictional character who appears in Carlo Collodi’s 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio (Le avventure di Pinocchio).

When the cartoon was released in 1939 at the start of the Second World War, its message of hope might have been expected to chime with the public mood. Sadly the film did not match the success of Disney’s first animated feature, Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, released in 1936. Disney has released a lovingly restored high-definition edition of the classic fairy tale of the wooden puppet who turns into a little boy.

However , the story begins in Tuscany, Italy.


My Florence

A carpenter Master Antonio, but whom everyone calls Master Cherry for his bright shiny red nose, has found a block of pinewood which he plans to carve into a leg for his table. When he begins, however, the log shouts out, “Don’t strike me too hard!”  Frightened by the talking log, Master Cherry does not know what to do until his neighbor Geppetto, known for disliking children who call him “Polendina”, drops by looking for a piece of wood to build a marionette; seeing a perfect opportunity, Antonio gives the block to Geppetto. As Geppetto carves the puppet, the nose begins to grow. Geppetto is extremely poor and plans to make a living as a puppeteer in hopes of earning some food to eat. He carves the block into a boy and names him Pinocchio.


Gilding Pinocchio in Florence

Once the puppet has been finished and Geppetto teaches him to walk, Pinocchio runs out the door and away into the town. When I first watched the film , I was …. wow I don’t remember . Today after many years later,  I am backing to Florence to track down the truth behind Pinocchio’s.


Hello !!!

Carlo Collodi is the pen name of Carlo Lorenzini. Collodi is the name of the little village in Tuscany where his mother was born.


From its hillside position, the whole of Collodi, marvels at the magnificent house and beautiful gardens, one of the most beautiful sights in Italy. Collodi, belonging to the municipal area of Pescia, lies midway between Florence and Pisa and is on the borders of the enchanting Valdinievole.

Carlo Collodi was the Italian children’s story writer whose best remembered creation is Pinocchio, the puppet who became a boy, although his end was originally rather more gruesome than the familiar Disney version. Collodi was born as a Carlo Lorenzini in Florence in 1826, the son of a cook and a maid who worked for the wealthy Ginori family in Collodi, the name he took and now known as one of the best small towns in Italy. Despite his humble origins Collodi was a bright, if rebellious student and was sent to study divinity at the seminary of Val d’Elsa and later at the Padri Scolopi religious college and the family’s financial security was secured when his brother Paulo was made an executive of the Manifattura Ginori porcelain company.


Place where Collodi was born Via Taddea 25 around the corner is Mario’s, one of the oldest fiaschetterias/trattorias in town.

He began his writing career as a newspaperman and soon founded his own humour magazines, called Il Lampione and La Scaramaccia respectively, but none of them survived a long time.


He was very interested in politics, and in 1848 he became a soldier to defend the Tuscany in revolt against its Habsburg rulers and again in 1859, he took part in the war between Italy and Austria. By 1850, Collodi had a variety of fiction and nonfiction works published. From 1875 on, he decided to write only for children, adapting traditional tales and creating new educative books, which gave him quite a lot of success. Giannettino was the most famous character in his children’s stories.


In July 1881, the first chapter of Pinocchio appeared in the Giornale dei bambini, directed by Ferdinando Martini, and became an immediate success. The story depicted a wooden puppet carved by Geppetto, a friendly old man. Suddenly, one night, this puppet came to life, but Pinocchio had to learn a lot about life. And his first lesson is not to be a liar, for his nose grows larger when he tells lies. Eugenio Mazzanti was in charge of illustrating the original Le Avventure de Pinoccio. The story was first translated into English in 1892 by M.A. Murray, under the title of The Story of a Puppet or The adventures of Pinocchio. Later on, Collodi tried his luck by writing other stories, but he never found the perfection reached in Pinocchio. He died in Florence in 1890.

Pinocchio is regarded as an unique symbol of Italian literature.


The trace of its importance in Italian culture can be found in idioms and expressions that are still in use today, having become part of the fabric of the Italian language.


Lies long-nosed, by Carlo Chiostri.

Some lies have short legs, some others have a long nose.” This means that lies are either too noticeable, having an unnaturally long nose, or too short-lived , or short legged.

The novel’s Pinocchio, on the other hand, spends much of the novel as a mean-spirited, cocky, spiteful monster. He’s constantly, willfully choosing to do the wrong thing. He’s nasty to almost everyone he encounters, whether they wish to help or harm him. After getting kicked around a lot because of these poor choices, he begins to form a little more of a moral center, but for much of the novel he’s an extremely unlikable character. As a result, when he’s punished or imperiled (and this is a lot of the time), the reader is likely to either indifferent or even glad, rather than fearful for his well being.

Due to Disney’s version is a big improvement, in my opinion. Not only does it make Pinocchio himself a character you don’t mind watching for a whole movie, but I think it makes the morals a little stronger too. Collodie’s  Pinocchio is a nasty little brat, so it’s no surprise that his poor decisions get him in trouble. The Disney version shows that even kids who are basically good and want to do the right thing can be tricked off of the right path if they’re not careful. Pinocchio went through the hardships of initiation and came out of the darkness of ignorance.  Was someone more – Jiminy Cricket.

The cricket had been drawn by Disney  like a little black grasshopper, with a collar, top hat, and umbrella. His face hulett-jiminyevolution-580x280

This an egg with cheeks become a cute symbol they called a cricket. He was  small with his  signature ‘J’ on the umbrella. Jiminy Cricket originally an unnamed, minor character in Collodi’s novel, he was transformed in the Disney version into a comical and wise partner who accompanies Pinocchio on his adventures, having been appointed by the Blue Fairy. He receives a solid gold badge from the Fairy, representing the success of the alchemical process of  transforming Pinocchio’s conscience from a crude metal to gold. It was  a means the “Great Work” has been accomplished.

Proud Jiminy Cricket

What was supposed to be a fun trip down memory lane became a shocking revelation: Pinocchio was one of the deepest movies I’ve watched as a kid. Could it be a huge allegory about spirituality and modern society? Needless to say, this movie is now a staple in today’s popular culture. How many people have NOT watched this movie? On the other hand, how many people are aware of Pinocchio’s true underlying meaning?


In Florence

Behind the story of the marionette trying to become a good boy is a deep spiritual story, the children’s story about “being good” filled with lessons about ”not lying” becomes a man’s quest for wisdom and spiritual enlightenment. The brutally honest social commentaries of Pinnochio depicts a grim vision of our modern world and prescribes, perhaps, a way to escape its traps. Beautiful story ……… once upon a time there was a piece of wood. It was not an expensive piece of wood. Far from it. Just a common block of firewood, one of those thick, solid logs that are put on the fire in winter to make cold rooms cozy and warm. Beautiful story ……… little bit Off-Topic today, its winter ‘day. Winter in Glasgow, January 2015 and new chapter in our life waiting to be writing this year.


Somewhere in January, Glasgow .

After an Italian journey, a journey through Collodie’s  Pinocchio’s life, let make a pot of Italian Minestrone soup for supper tonight. Chopping, paring, and scraping enjoy the colour of the vegetables- orange of the carrot, the bright green celery, the perly white onion and You have a beautiful still life in front of you. Today, accept that you are creating  a work of art  by making  minestrone soup and  You are also an Artist.

I have made my.



I wish I could have it.

When you wish upon a star

Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you

If your heart is in your dreams
No request is too extreme
When you wish upon a star
As dreamers do

Fate is kind
She brings to those who love
A sweet fullfillment of their secret longing
Like a boat out of the blue
Fate steps in and sees you through

Moma when you wished upon a star
Your dreams come true

Fate is kind

She brings to those who love
The sweet fullfillment of their secret longing
Like a boat out of the blue
Fate steps in and see’s you through

Baby when you wish upon a star
Your dreams come true
When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Your dreams come true

by Ned Washington, Leigh Harline for Walt Disney’s 1940 adaptation of Pinocchio.

The American Film Institute ranked “When You Wish Upon a Star” seventh in their 100 Greatest Songs in Film History, the highest ranked Disney animated film song. It has been performed by artists including Louis Armstrong, June Christy, Dave Brubeck Quartet, Glenn Miller, Joe Pass, the Keith Jarrett Trio, The Manhattan Transfer, Sun Ra, Jason Becker and Bill Evans. By the way, I forgot to add Walt Disney won or received a total of twenty-six Academy Awards, and holds the record for most Academy Awards in history. He won a total of twenty-two competitive Academy Awards from a total of fifty-nine nominations, and also holds the records for most wins and most nominations for an individual in history. … dream come true.


About conservationwithella

Hello, I'm Ella, Art on Paper Conservator & Preservation Manager at Glasgow University Archives and Special Collections. This blog is a walk through my daily life, work, arts & crafts history, my discovery that everything in my life is enough to be a continuous source of reflection. I started blogging to entertain myself but I hope you enjoy it too. I'm sure you agree, that Life without art is nothing. :)

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