The script for this Pinocchio derived from four sources. The introductory scenes were taken from Kathy Piper's Pinocchio. Ms. Piper is always great at getting a story rolling. And her second scene in which Pinocchio meets the Fox was irresistable. I used a couple scenes from Collodi's book, and a scene from Remo Bufano's Pinocchio. And there was a play within the play freely adapted from an old Belgian marionette play, Ogier le Danois.
When preparing Pinocchio, a casual passage in Chapter 19 of Collodi's book caught my attention.
And if it had not been for a very lucky chance, (Pinocchio) probably would have had to stay (in prison) longer. For, my dear children, you must know that it happened just then that the young emperor who ruled over the City of Simple Simons had gained a great victory over his enemy, and in celebration thereof, he had ordered illuminations, fireworks, shows of all kinds, and, best of all, the opening of all prison doors.
I turned these few sentences into a major episode in my Pinocchio, by importing Ogier le Danois almost in its entirety. Charlemagne became the Emperor Charles, and Ogier became Pinocchio. The young heros, in both stories, were unjustly imprisoned and got released thru the clemency of an Emperor celebrating a victory in battle. In the Pinocchio book his release is just a matter of luck. Ogier has to win his release thru his curiosity, cunning, loyalty and courage; qualities I deemed appropriate for Pinocchio to acquire.