Parents need to know that Pinocchio: A True Story is a comedic spin on the classic tale. In this version, Pinocchio develops a crush and falls in love. This animated tale has violence, including a trigger-happy cat who works alongside a shady ringmaster and fires his weapons multiple times, including hitting (but not injuring) the main character.
There are moments of danger and perceived peril throughout, including characters being locked in wagons and gagged. An occupied circus tent is set on fire. The audience may momentarily worry about the fate of a main character. The ringmaster is a rude and bossy leader to his subordinates, who are responsible for much of the violence.
They wind up having to face the consequences of their actions. Mild language includes “dumb” and “stupid.” Pinocchio’s loyal steed Tybalt encourages him to face his fears and stick up for friends. Where previous iterations of this story have focused on the consequences of lying, this version highlights the importance of love, loyalty, family, and friendship.