Okay, I know the original story is Italian, and many non-Disney illustrations of the tale generally have an Italian flair about them, suggesting that the tale is set in Italy.
However, the national setting of Disney's version of Pinocchio
seems more confusing. Whilst it's still taking place in a continental Western European country, Disney doesn't make clear exactly which country it's set in, Here's some things which add to the confusion of "where it's set":
*Pinocchio's village was modelled after a village in Bavaria, a region of Germany.
*There are some Italian sounding names: Pinocchio, Figaro, Gepetto, Stromboli, Monstro.
*In Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Disney World, there are Pinocchio
themed fast food restaurant called the Village Haus and Pinocchio's Village Haus, respectively. "Haus" is the German word for house, implying that Pinocchio is either German, Austrian or from the German speaking areas of Switzerland.
*However, in Disneyland Paris, there's a Pinocchio
toy shop next door to the film's dark ride called "Il Bogetta di Gepetto". This is definetely an Italian title.
*Despite being on the same giant complex as a Village Haus cafe, I once saw an image online of a giant blow-up Pinoochio by the Italy section of the World Showcase at Epcot, and I've heard that, along with other characters from his movie, he often pops up there for photos and autographs.
Where do you guys think the film is set? I personally think that it's set somewhere in Italy, yet fairly near the border of a German speaking country. Whilst there is an Italian quality to the place, there's also a Germanic feel seeking through. Either that, or Walt and his artists didn't pay much attention to cultural accuracy and I'm just over analysing things.