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Ep 23 - Dueling Pinocchios

Two Pinocchio films, one clear winner? Come compare these two 2022 adaptations of the classic story as we discover that you can buy anything in this world with money except good CGI effects. Our guests Adam Stokes and Rachel Helps get us into some deep discussions about the Mormon doctrine of the resurrection and the materiality of the spirit. And we look at how the two films portray the obligations of parenting in very different lights and what they have to say about the relational nature of the atonement. In the end, both films give us a very moral worldview of how we can grow and improve as imperfect human beings.

Our Ratings: Disney's Pinocchio

Content: Celestial Artistic Merit: 2 popcorn balls Gospel Connections: 2 apricots

Guillermo Del Toro's Pinocchio

Content: Telestial Artistic Merit: 5 popcorn balls Gospel Connections: 5 apricots

Best Books:

Carl - Star Wars: Visions (Disney+); The Fountain

Liz - Beauty by Robin McKinley

Rachel - The Office of Historical Corrections by Danielle Evans; Wayfare magazine

Adam - Let's Talk About Race and the Priesthood by W Paul Reeve; The Lost City of Z by David Grann; Star Trek: Picard (Paramount Plus)

Public Square Media Shout-out:

Family Bro Evening: Lynn Bryson’s Witchcraft Talk Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4


Related Films:


Astroboy (American film); Astroboy (anime)

AI: Artificial Intelligence

The Little Mermaid (Disney+)

Wikipedia: Pinocchio

The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Patheos: Del Toro Gets Spiritual in Magnificent Pinocchio

Find Us:

Carl - Twitter: @CarlCranney

Liz -

Rachel - Twitter: @Rachel_Helps; Admiration Point

Adam - IG: @Adamthegiantguy2019; FB: Lingua Classica

Video editing by Liz Busby; Audio mastering by Carl Cranney

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