Adventures Of Pinocchio

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Unlike the more familiar animated Pinocchio by Disney, there are no song interludes here, and characters added to the story by Disney such as Jiminy Cricket are not included. Producer Francis Ford Coppola and director Steve Barron, known for the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film closely adhere to Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel and use the visually timeless setting of a Czechoslovakian village. Jim Henson's puppet studio skillfully brings this Pinocchio to life. Long ago, in his youth, Gepetto Martin Landau ...
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Unlike the more familiar animated Pinocchio by Disney, there are no song interludes here, and characters added to the story by Disney such as Jiminy Cricket are not included. Producer Francis Ford Coppola and director Steve Barron, known for the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film closely adhere to Carlo Collodi's 1883 novel and use the visually timeless setting of a Czechoslovakian village. Jim Henson's puppet studio skillfully brings this Pinocchio to life. Long ago, in his youth, Gepetto Martin Landau loved but did not court Leona Genvieve Bujold, who married Gepetto's brother instead. In that earlier time, he carved her initials with his onto a tree. Now his brother is dead, and though he still feels for Leona, he is still too shy to woo her. Instead, the old puppet-maker goes into the forest and cuts down a tree in order to make a puppet just for himself. The tree is the same one he carved his initials into when he was younger, and it has the magic of his love in it. Soon after the puppet Pinocchio is made, he comes to life. Aside from being made of wood, he begins to live the life of a perfectly normal little boy. He even goes to school. Lorenzini, an evil magician who runs a children's puppet show, hears of Pinocchio and wants to use him in his show. Lorenzini lures children to his show, only to later turn them into donkeys. Donkeys are useful creatures, and Lorenzini makes a lot of money selling them. Through many trials and tribulations, the puppet-boy earns the right to become the human boy Pinocchio Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
A much different, nonmusical take on Carlo Collodi's story than the familiar Disney Pinocchio, Francis Ford Coppola's live-action adaptation merits a no-strings-attached recommendation. Oscar-winner Martin Landau stars as the lonely puppet maker Gepetto, who learns that "miracles are made in the heart" when his latest creation, a little wooden boy, comes to life. Jonathan Taylor Thomas supplies the voice of Pinocchio, whose curiosity leads him on a series of comical and exciting misadventures, such as his nose growing an eye-popping 16 feet after a fib one day. This movie also answers the question: What happens when Pinocchio sneezes? After he unwittingly makes a shambles of a bakery, he is placed in the custody of the evil Lorenzini, who wants to exploit Pinocchio in his grand puppet show. Pinocchio is a state-of-the-art animatronic marvel brought to life by Jim Henson's Creature Shop. Among the gallery of memorable characters are the petty thief Felinet (Bebe Neuwirth) and her dim-witted sidekick Volpe (Rob Schneider), plus Pepe the Cricket, voiced by the original Bosley on TV's Charlie's Angels, David Doyle.
All Movie Guide - Robert Firsching
Carlo Collodi's classic children's tale is brought to the screen in a faithful live-action version by Steve Barron in this delightful fantasy. Jim Henson's Creature Shop provided the wonderful animatronic effects, but neither the high-tech production nor the involvement of five nations (USA, England, France, Germany, and the Czech Republic) detract from the film's simple, low-key pleasures, which are a bit of a surprise coming from the director of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Martin Landau is a sympathetic Geppetto, Jonathan Taylor Thomas shows up as Pinocchio's "real boy" incarnation, and Bebe Neuwirth is marvelously wicked as the scheming Felinet. Adults will enjoy seeing Udo Kier and Genevieve Bujold among the cast, although Rob Schneider's cliched turn as Volpe contains more than a hint of Disneyesque pandering. Overall, however, this is a rare treat for kids and parents alike, and highly recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/11/2000
  • UPC: 794043541131
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
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  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Landau Geppetto
Jonathan Taylor Thomas Voice Only
Marcello Magni Baker
Richard Claxton Saleo
Geneviève Bujold Leona
Udo Kier Lorenzini
Bebe Neuwirth Felinet
Rob Schneider Volpe
Corey Carrier Lampwick
Dawn French Baker's wife
Griff Rhys Jones Tino
John Sessions Schoolmaster
David F. Doyle Voice Only
Jean-Claude Dreyfus Foreman
Erik Averlont Zito
Oliver Barron Boy
Petr Bednar Growling Father
Wilfred Benaiche Henchman
Teco Celio Henchman
Dean Cook Boy With Red Ball
Jake Court Boy
Luke DeLeon Boy
Kevin Dorsey Boy
Jean-Claude Drouot Magistrate
Paavel Koci Puppeteer
Vladimir Koval Luigi
Jiri Kvasnicka Cabineer
Gorden Lovitt Big One Attendant
Lilian Malkina Woman In Laundry
Thomas Orange Boy
Jiri Patocka Man With Donkey
Zdenek Podhursky Cabineer
Jan Slovak Butler
Joe Swash Fighting Boy
Daniela Tolkien Lampwick's Mother
Lida Vlaskova Woman In Bakery
Vaclav Vydra Infantino Father
Stefan Weclawek Infantino
Sean Woodward Boy
Anita Zagaria Luigi's Wife
Technical Credits
Steven Barron Director, Screenwriter
Lawrence Ashmore Musical Arrangement
Sean Barton Editor
Tom Benedek Screenwriter
Annette Benson Casting
Barry Berman Screenwriter
Angus Bickerton Special Effects Supervisor
Mike Brewster Camera Operator
Allan Cameron Production Designer
Chris Carreras Asst. Director
Robert N. Fried Executive Producer
Dieter Geissler Co-producer
Samuel Hadida Co-producer
Tim Hampton Co-producer
Lee Holdridge Score Composer
Andy Jeffery Camera Operator
Donald Kushner Executive Producer
Irene Lamb Casting
Jean-Philippe LeRoux Sound/Sound Designer
Peter Locke Executive Producer
Michael MacDonald Co-producer
Brian May Score Composer
Maurizio Millenotti Costumes/Costume Designer
Sherry Mills Screenwriter
Lawrence Mortorff Executive Producer
Raju Patel Producer
Sharad Patel Executive Producer
Rachel Portman Score Composer, Songwriter
Spencer Proffer Score Composer
Juan Ruiz-Anchia Cinematographer
Edward Simons Co-producer
Jeffrey M. Sneller Producer
Courtney Vanderslice-Law Production Manager
Stevie Wonder Score Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it

    This movie is such an interesting take of the cartoon Pinocchio. It is for an older child audience. Not so much for toddlers...more geared for ages four and up. I love the detail in costume. The story is the same as the originial movie. Great movie if you like Pinocchio.

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