On the age issue, Bae could easily still be alive if, as Gold said, he travled through TIME and space.
As far as whether Pinocchio is an interesting character, I’ll say this: while I actually liked the Disney movie telling that story when I was young, I can’t say that in my older years I’ve cared much for ANY fairytale character. Yet, I love this show and I have more interest in fairytales now than I would have thought possible as a result. My feeling is that if these writers decide to make Pinocchio an important character, he’s going to be awesome. Let’s face it: Snow White was a tad lame until OUaT happened. 😉