Tales: A Cautionary Story about Heroin Addiction


Through painted images and narration, Pinocchio is re-imagined as the boy who does not look at consequences, experiments with drugs, and becomes addicted to heroin. This film chronicles the devastating effects that heroin addiction had on Pinocchio’s life, including his attempts to kick his habit and put his life back in order. The film’s images and narrative are interwoven with statistical commentary on the wide-reaching effects of addiction on the individual, the family and society.

Being more familiar with the Disney version of “Pinocchio” and not the original story, The Adventures of Pinocchio, by Carlo Collodi (a much darker tale), people are surprised by DeSalvio’s effective use of Pinocchio and his companion The Cat in telling this compelling and poignant story. Unfortunately, this story is true and happening again and again in communities all over our country, often without the optimistic ending she gave it. The commentary throughout the film balances the personal story with hard facts about heroin addiction and its far-reaching effects throughout society.

The festival version of Tales: A Cautionary Story about Heroin Addiction was selected and included in the following film festivals:

illustration from Tales: A Cautionary Story about Heroin Addiction