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Honest John

Honest John

Character

"Remember what I said about temptation? Well, that's him." Honest John, "a waxed mustache" pictured in Pinocchio (1955) Disney movie as a misleading and sly fox, but clever and gifted with power of persuasion. He didn"t go to school so he hardly manages to read or write, but invents smart solid plans which help him to achieve his goals. His pal, Gideon, is a silly, childish and clumsy beaver who also chose to ignore school. The two characters appear for the first time in the film wandering on the village"s streets in one morning, while all the children were heading for school. As they see the Stromboli"s poster announcing the marionette show, they think back at one time when managed to fool the gypsy puppeteer using their ordinary tricks and scams. Suddenly, they notice Pinocchio passing by and Honest John is stunned at first, shouting out: "A wooden boy! It"s amazing! A live puppet without strings", after which he instantly makes up a plan in order to gain a great deal of money, namely to sell the puppet to Stromboli. He quickly and easily becomes friends with the naive Pinocchio. Honest John convinces Pinocchio that the easy way to success (very suggestively described in the song "Hi-Diddle-Dee-Dee (An Actor's Life For Me)") is performing as an actor: "Bright lights, music, applause, fame! Come, on to the theatre!" Even Jiminy Cricket makes efforts to keep his protege on the right track, the villain"s scheming and manipulative way of acting induce the wooden boy to follow him towards Stromboli"s caravan. The next episode where the two crooks are seen is at "The Red Lobster" bar where they meet with the Coachman in order to talk business. Honest John starts bragging and shows himself very enthusiast while telling the story about his latest fraud, namely the selling of Pinocchio. Finally he gladly reveals the reward received from Stromboli: a small sack of money, after which he asks about Coachman"s proposition. The deal was to gather "stupid little boys" until midnight in order for them to be taken to Pleasure Island. When hearing the evil plan, both Honest John and Gideon are frightened and terrified, but they accept the proposition in exchange for a big amount of money. When meeting again with Pinocchio the sneaky fox comes up with a genius tricky idea and tries to convince the boy that he"s sick and allergic, using a lot of medical terms instantly invented, in order to sound more credible: "A slight touch of monetary complications with bucolic semi-lunar contraptions of the flying trapezes. My boy, you are allergic!". As soon as Pinocchio starts to believe himself in his imaginary disease, Honest John pretends that "...is only one cure. A vacation on Pleasure Island!" and hands in his fake ticket. Even though the wooden boy is a bit hesitant, the two crooks somehow take him to Coachman, fulfilling their duty.

Honest John pictures with quotes

 
If we play our cards right, we'll be on Easy Street
If we play our cards right, we'll be on Easy Street
  You haven't heard of the easy road to success
You haven't heard of the easy road to success
 
He still thinks we're his friends
He still thinks we're his friends
  Honest John quote: I'm giving you my ticket
Honest John quote: I'm giving you my ticket