When you think of Disney villains, who do you think of first? Scar? Maleficent? Jafar? Ursula?
While all of them make for good villains, there’s one that popped into my head that I think doesn’t get the credit they deserve.
How many of you know who that is without having to look it up?
If you don’t feel like going to Google, Honest John is a talking fox from Pinocchio that leads the young boy astray on a couple of occasions. Now, is he someone you think of when you think of Disney villains? Of course not. He’s probably not even who you think of when you think about Pinocchio villains. If you even think of Pinocchio villains at all, you probably think of Stromboli first. According to Wikipedia, despite the fact that there are a number of bad guys in the movie, Stromboli is the only one recognized as an Official Disney Villain.
Was Stromboli a bad guy? Sure, he was. He bought a little boy, locked him in a cage, and was going to force him to put on a show every night.
What about the coachman towards the end of the movie? He was a bad guy too. He bought Pinocchio and tried to turn him into a donkey so he could sell him. That’s pretty bad.
But, what do those two bad guys have in common? That’s right. They both bought Pinocchio from someone. And who did they buy him from? You guessed it. Honest John.
Honest John sold Pinocchio to two different bad guys. He manipulated the little boy into thinking they were friends and then sold him. Not once, but twice. Sure, he might not have known that Stromboli would treat Pinocchio like he did, but he knew exactly what was going to happen to Pinocchio when he sold him to the coachman (As far as I can tell, the coachman was never given a name).
And what punishment did Honest John get for his crimes at the end of the movie?
None. He got away with it (although, to be fair, none of the villains in Pinocchio are punished for their actions. They all got away with it). So, he’s still out there, causing trouble in the Pinocchio world. Who knows what other havoc he’s wreaking?
Hell, after the movie ended he might’ve thought up a third way of selling Pinocchio. It wouldn’t surprise me if he did.