Things only get worse from there. Pinocchio falls in with an evil Fox and Cat, who execute him by hanging him from a tree. Collodi intended to end the story there as a disturbing warning of what happens to bad children, but his editor and readers were so horrified that Collodi was forced to write more. A mysterious child with blue hair (the blue fairy) brings Pinocchio back to life, but the puppet still persists in mischief until finally, he learns his lesson and returns home to take care of Geppetto, like a good son.
Collodi did not like children, especially boys. He wrote “Pinocchio” to express his anger at the lawless, lazy youths and show what happens to them if they continue their wanton ways. While the Disney Pinocchio does endure some torment from his lies and misbehavior, it’s a walk in the garden compared to what Collodi puts his version through. It’s no wonder that after spending months working on a version that held closer to the source material, Disney threw up his hands in frustration and made the changes that produced the movie we know today.