Parents need to know that Pinocchio (2018) is an Italian animated film made in 2012 that has been re-conceived and re-voiced in English for its DVD release in 2018. As the filmmakers announce early, the story is "freely adapted from 'Le Avventure di Pinocchio,' by Collodi." And, freely adapted it is, though perhaps closer to the Collodi original than the Disney version and others. Viewers can expect to meet Geppetto, the woodcarver, as well as some of the classic characters like "James" Cricket, the con artists Fox and Cat, and the "Amusement World" where fun is the only pastime. However, director Enzo D'Alo and his team have added new characters, situations, and songs and a new spin on the familiar. Cartoon action is frequent. Pinocchio is in near constant danger, both from the villainous con men who populate his world and from his own inability to obey, follow directions, and stay focused on his task. He is chased, captured, imprisoned, threatened with death, and in peril from fire, drowning, and losing the father he is only slowly learning to cherish. As in the original and all the representations that followed, Pinocchio learns much about honesty, loyalty, and doing the right thing. OK for kids who are comfortable with pretend versus real violence.