Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 1

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#771: “Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 1”
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Proverbs 1:8

8Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.

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Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 1

“Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 1,” an Adventures in Odyssey Club exclusive, is episode #771 of the Adventures in Odyssey audio series. It was written and directed by Dave Arnold, and was originally released on July 1, 2015.


This fun spin on a classic Italian fable features all the wit and charm of Kids' Radio.


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Discussion Questions

  1. How does this Pinocchio story compare with other versions you've seen or heard?
  2. Geppetto is a toymaker. Do you have a favorite toy . . . maybe one from when you were little? If so, what makes it so special?
  3. From the very beginning, Pinocchio was rebellious and selfish. How does this reflect the sinful nature all humans are born with?
  4. Geppetto went looking for wood because he wanted to create a puppet that would “dance and do somersaults and amuse people.” He had a purpose for Pinocchio, just as God has a purpose for you. Read Ephesians 2:10. Why do you think people today, like Pinocchio, are quick to run from their Creator and miss out on the life they were created for?
  5. How did greed and laziness make Pinocchio an easy mark for wily con artists eager to steal his money? Who wants to separate you from your money? Can you think of a TV commercial that promises more than it could possibly deliver? (Parents may want to record a few or preview examples on YouTube for a deeper lesson in discernment.)
  6. Read Proverbs 14:15 together. How does this relate to various real-life situations, from overhearing gossip to researching a school paper online?
  7. The cricket says, “A life lived for others is the happiest life of all.” Would you agree or disagree? Why?
  8. At one point, Pinocchio takes Geppetto’s money, exits his father’s house and proclaims, “I’m off to see the world!” Later he decides, “It was a big mistake leaving home.” Does this sound like anyone you’ve read about in the Bible? If you need a hint, check out Luke 15:11-20. Discuss similarities and differences between the puppet and the prodigal son.
  9. We all have voices of wisdom in our lives, but sometimes we choose to ignore them. What wise “voices” are you blessed to have? (This could include anything from family members to Christian music lyrics.) When has someone given you good advice that you didn’t want to hear at the time? How do people today try to “squash” their conscience?
  10. Near the end of Part 1, Pinocchio excitedly accepts responsibility for finding his father. What changed his attitude? When have you been energized by the chance to tackle an important task? What happened?



  • This is Andre Stojka's 100th episode as Whit.
  • These episodes contain the longest title thus far for an Adventures in Odyssey episode.
  • The Odyssey Adventure Club lists this episode as "Pinocchio, Part 1" rather than "Pinocchio: The Tale of a Foolish Puppet, Part 1".
  • This episode, as mentioned by Whit, is an adaptation of Carlo Collodi's The Adventures of Pinocchio.
  • Pinocchio ridicules Geppetto's "therapy session" and refers to him as Dr. Phil.
  • Officer Harlegino refers to Pinocchio as "Cyrano"; this is likely an allusion to Cyrano de Bergerac, a French dramatist with a large nose who inspired the Italian opera which bore his name.
  • Pinocchio (voiced by Jay Smouse's Whit Hertford) requests that Mr. Fox play Elvis's classic "You Ain't Nothin' But a Hound Dog".
  • Jess Harnell (as the Pigeon, doing an Elvis impression) makes multiple references to Elvis songs, including "Follow that Dream" and "Blue Hawaii", "King Creole", and "Viva Las Vegas" "Don't be Cruel", "It's Your Baby, You Rock It", . He also references Elvis's motto: "TCB" (Taking Care of Business). In addition, the Pigeon acknowledges being the King and says Elvis's trademark "thankyou. thankyouverymuch." As the Pigeon flies away he begins to sing "You Are the Wind Beneath My Wings" - which was never an Elvis song.
  • The Pigeon refers to Pinocchio as "Pin Tin Tin", a reference to Rin Tin Tin.




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