The world Pinocchio inhabits in this animated version is far from being cartoony or full of childlike wonderment. It's a cold muted world that Pinocchio lives in where he is betrayed by those he thinks are his closest friends and where good doesn't always prevail. He goes through a barrage of emotions that send him spiraling from hell and back again and back again. If he weren't made of wood, the movie would only be half as long as it is. At one point he is hung from a tree by his neck and has his life threatened more than once.
The movie is out of print and hard to find. Oddly, I found the ultra rare Italian version by accident and found the english version on youtube after a long time. I have posted it here so all could enjoy this obscure but incredibly inspiring movie.
Check it out here: http://youtu.be/0dhY5eml3ps