"Jimney Cricket(s)!" was originally a polite expletive euphemism for Jesus Christ. The name of the character is a play on the exclamation (which itself was uttered in Pinocchio's immediate predecessor, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Another example occurs in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. When the group first enters the Wizard's chamber, they are startled by the Wizard's sudden thunder-and-lightning display, and Dorothy (Judy Garland) cries, "Oh! Oh! Jiminy Crickets!" (Garland also says the expression in her 1938 film Listen, Darling)." (emphasis mine)
The sad thing is that Jiminy's "When you wish upon a star" view of life is a lot like how most people view God and Jesus. No doubt that Jesus is kind and compassionate. Some of my favorite verses in the Bible come from Matthew 12. I have used them numerous times in various sermons to assure people that Jesus cares:
Matthew 12:20 20 "A BATTERED REED HE WILL NOT BREAK OFF, AND A SMOLDERING WICK HE WILL NOT PUT OUT, UNTIL HE LEADS JUSTICE TO VICTORY.
The sad thing is that today, most of us have made Jesus into a Jiminy.