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Charm and flattery are the facade for this heartless showman who burns his puppets for firewood when they've grown too old to perform. Money is the puppeteer's sole passion, and his marionettes are only a means to an end. As soon as Stromboli realizes Pinocchio's carnival potential -- a puppet who can sing and dance without strings -- he'll stop at nothing. Only kidnapping can ensure this "little wooden gold mine" keeps performing for him, whether Pinocchio likes it or not.

Walt Disney's Stromboli is a much more sinister Hollywood villain than the original character written by Italian author Carlo Collodi. In the book "the Showman," as he is called, kindly sets Pinocchio free and even gives him five gold pieces to bring home for Geppetto. Bill Tytla's forceful animation of Stromboli is widely regarded as one of the pinnacles of animation acting, although the famed comedian W.C. Fields was reported to have criticized Stromboli's performance, saying, "He moves too much." Film: "Pinocchio" (1940) Voice Artist: Charles Judels

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