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| 9 min

In this animated short, the traditional folklore tale of Pinocchio takes a wry turn. This time around, the hero, a carved wooden puppet named Spinnolio, is totally devoid of mobility and human consciousness. Noted for his "cool head" and unruffled personality, he makes a totally passive, though quite successful go at life, until his employer decides to replace him with a computer. A reflection on consciousness, the work ethic, interpersonal relationships and the citizen in society.

  • director
    John Weldon
  • animation
    John Weldon
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
  • executive producer
    Derek Lamb
  • animation camera
    Raymond Dumas
    Simon Leblanc
    Jacques Avoine
  • re-recording
    Michel Descombes
  • voice
    Henry Ramer
    Peter MacNeill
    Neil Shee
    Janet Perlman
    Lynn Smith
    Don Arioli
  • music
    Art Phillips


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Ages 13 to 18

Study Guide - Guide 1

English Language Arts - Children's Stories/Fables
Family Studies/Home Economics - Relationships
Media Education - Popular Culture
Social Studies - Labour Studies

What are the messages presented throughout the film? How is humour used to convey the message? How is Spinnolio treated within society and what does this suggest about society’s values?

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