Jiminy Cricket - Jiminy Cricket - Talking insect
star of the animated Disney film Pinocchio
The Jiminy Cricket character first appeared in
the classic children's book "The Adventures
of Pinocchio" written in
1883 by Carlo Collodi.
In the original storyline
Jiminy Cricket was stomped to death by the
delinquent Pinocchio puppet, only to return as a
ghost and conscience of the troubled wanna-be
boy. The Disney film version of Jiminy Cricket
eliminates the "stomping" of Jiminy but does
retain him as Pinocchio's conscience.
Cricket wears a black jacket and tails, vest,
yellow ascot, brown shoes, blue top hat and a
small red umbrella.
At the end of the Disney film,
the Blue Fairy turns Pinocchio into a real boy
and awards Jiminy Cricket with a ribbon and
badge that reads "Official Conscience." Jiminy's voice was provided by Cliff Edwards
(died in 1971).
The song "When You Wish Upon A Star" sung by
Jiminy Cricket in the film won an academy award.
Jiminy also appeared in the film Fun and
Fancy Free (1947); and on segments of THE
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB/ABC/1955-59;
DISNEYLAND/ABC/1954-58; and subsequent Disney
productions like Mickey's Christmas Carol
(1983) as Jiminy reprised his role as a
conscience, this time for Donald Duck.
Collodi's Cricket also appeared in the
5-minute marionette short THE NEW ADVENTURES OF
PINOCCHIO/SYN/1960 produced by Arthur Rankin Jr.
(A Video Craft Production). Cricket was referred
to as a "me little green grasshopper" by a
character named Reginald in the episode "Duck
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