|“||Well, how would you blokes like to make some REAL money?||„|
|~ The Coachman to Honest John and Gideon.|
|“||No, no. There is no risk. They never come back... as BOYS! *laughs* Now, I've got a coach load leaving at midnight. We'll meet at the crossroads, and no double-crossing! Scout around, and any good prospects you find, bring 'em to me. I'll pay you well; I've got plenty of gold.||„|
|~ The Coachman to Honest John Worthington Foulfellow and his partner Gideon.|
The Coachman is the primary antagonist in Disney's 2nd full-length animated feature film, Pinocchio.
He was voiced by the late Charles Judels, who also voiced Stromboli.
He is the owner of Pleasure Island, an amusement park located on an island. A seemingly kind and charitable gentleman, he takes naughty boys to said island where they would be allowed to do many bad things such as smoking, drinking, and fighting without having to worry about adult supervision.
As the boys continued to engage in this misbehavior, the boys would fall victim to the curse of this seemingly innocent amusement park, gradually beginning to transform into donkeys. The Coachman and his henchmen would then gather the boys to ship them away to salt mines and circuses in exchange for profit.
To that end, the Coachman hires Honest John and Gideon (who were both deeply frightened of him) to lure such boys (such as Pinocchio and Lampwick) into his sinister trap, telling them that they will not need to worry about the authorities as the boys will not return as themselves and will therefore not leave behind any evidence that they had ever been to Pleasure Island.
Fortunately, Pinocchio was able to escape Pleasure Island after Jiminy Cricket alerted him what he was planning to the boys and alerted him of the situation, though not before developing donkey ears and a tail. Lampwick was transformed into a donkey and was presumably captured by the Coachman to sell into slavery. The Coachman was never seen again after this.
He is shown to be served by silent ape-like creatures who lurk in the shadows. Although still a unpleasant, violent, and cruel man, he is not quite as abusive as the Coachman (or Little Man) from the original book as he did not mutilate any of the boys (though he was abusive towards them in many other ways) - also unlike the book's "Little Man" The Coachman from Disney was large and intimidating.
The Coachman is amongst the most sinister and antagonistic Disney villains, part by his actions and his pleasure in torturing children for wealth. However, he could also be considered to be extremely decent, ethical, moralistic, praiseworthy, straightforward, conscientious, and incorruptible in his own dark and twisted way, as he teaches the boys a pricey lesson for prolonged misbehavior.
Like most Disney villains, the Coachman is greedy, cunning, eccentric, manipulative, diabolical, and sadistic, enjoying other people's pain, and is also very cruel, heartless, and unsympathetic, whipping his minions and also selling young boys that come to his island into slavery so that he can make money off of them. He enjoys their pain and justifies his action by claiming their slavery as payment for their ill and inadequate behavior displayed on Pleasure Island. However, it can be assumed he does this for pleasure rather than to teach them a lesson.
- The Coachman does get his punishment in the Super Nintendo Entertainment System videogame version of Pinocchio by getting kicked off a cliff by Pinocchio (the player).
- It is possible that he is a magical creature like the Blue Fairy (he has only four fingers instead of five), only rather than teach the boys to behave better, he simply punishes them for their misdeeds.
- The Coachman's fate is very similar to Stromboli's fate as both of their fates are never revealed.
- The Coachman is one of Disney's first complete monsters.