@the wiz wrote:
You would not believe how long my nose grew while I wrote this! 😆
Ah, so THAT’S why you don’t believe he’s Pinocchio, because YOU are. 😛 😉
Though on the water thing, spoiler pics suggest that puppetPinocchio will wash up on the lakeshore where Geppetto finds him & while he's holding him, that's the moment he's turned into a real boy, so I can totally see August's views on water being a powerful, magical force stemming from that moment.
Ok, let’s entertain the idea that August is Pinnocchio, then. When Jiminy Cricket came to our world, he returned to his original form, (i.e. human). If Pinnocchio’s original form was a puppet, he would be a puppet in this world (assuming it’s not Rumplestiltskin who turned him into a human, which I doubt, because did anything really go on? So no one argue about Gepatto’s parents!). So I believe he wasn’t a puppet at the beginning.
If August is Pinocchio, it means he escaped the curse, so all the curse rules like reversion to a previous form, non-ageing, loss of identity, August would have been immune to all that, (unless for some reason he had to become a puppet again to travel to our world, in which case he changed forms twice in that process, but I’m not sold on that theory).