Oh, a wooden boy. A wooden boy! Look, Giddy. Look! A live puppet without strings. A thing like that oughta be worth a fortune to someone. Now, let me see. That's it; Stromboli!
~ Honest John
Honest John Worthington Foulfellow (simply known as Honest John) is one of the first antagonists of Disney's 2nd full-length animated feature film, Pinocchio.
He was voiced by the late Walter Catlett.
Honest John is a tall, slender red anthropomorphic fox with a cream face and muzzle, copper eyes, a beige shirt, cream opera gloves, teal stirrup pants, a blue and red cape, a black cravat, and an old beige top hat.
He is a sly fox who first appears strolling down the street with Gideon when they see that Stromboli has come back to town and recalled how they once tried to trick him by making Gideon look like a puppet. They then come across Pinocchio. Realizing that he is a living and breathing puppet, they decide to get rich by tricking Pinocchio into thinking they are friends and leading him to Stromboli.
They later meet The Coachman in the "Red Lobster Inn" and the Coachman discusses his plans to send naughty boys to Pleasure Island. Honest John is shocked by this and is horrified when the Coachman tells them they never return as human boys. Nevertheless, Honest John and Gideon obey the Coachman's orders out of fear and not out of money.
The duo encounters Pinocchio again, and pretend to be doctors, convincing the wooden boy that he has an allergy that can only be cured by a visit to Pleasure Island. They give him a ticket and bring him to Pleasure Island.
Their final fate remains unknown after this, as they are not seen again for the rest of the film. Although, in a deleted scene, they were arrested by the police.
Honest John will try to use his cane when Pinocchio runs to try and make him trip, taking some life off him.
House of Mouse
Honest John appears in the cartoon series along with many other Disney characters. He usually sits with Gideon. He is used as an example of temptation by Jiminy in Jiminy Cricket. In Pete's One Man Show, a life-sized cut-out of Foulfellow and other characters were used to trick Pete into thinking it was a full house. He also makes a cameo in Mickey's House of Villains, but doesn't take part in the takeover.
Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
Honest John along with Gideon was originally set to appear in Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days, due to their popularity, in a Pinocchio-based world. The idea was dropped due to space restrictions.
Despite being called Honest John, ironically, his nature is more deceptive than honest, as he is, in fact, a con man.
He had an unreleased song entitled as Honest John.
He is made to look like one of the movie's main antagonists but is never seen again after halfway into the film. The film's real villain is Monstro.
He sung the first ever Disney Villain Song, entitled An Actor's Life For Me