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The Adventures of Pinocchio

  • Drama
  • 1996
  • Steve Barron
  • 90 mins

Summary

Fantasy adventure starring Martin Landau. Lonely puppet-maker Geppetto fashions a marionette using wood from a tree that bears the youthful signatures of himself and his childhood sweetheart, Leona. Thus infused with the energy of unrequited love, the puppet springs to life as a little boy - Pinocchio.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Despite state-of-the-art digital technology and creatures from the Jim Henson workshop, this is a disappointing rendition of Carlo Collodi's enchanting morality tale. Martin Landau brings some melancholy gravitas to the proceedings as Geppetto the woodcarver, and Udo Kier is suitably sinister as the puppeteer who lures little boys to his terrifying theme park. Director Steve Barron overplays his hand, however, so the film often feels like a glorified pantomime. The sequences at John Sessions's school and Dawn French's bakery will delight most youngsters, but it's all too brash and loud to be magical.

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Credits

Cast

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GeppettoMartin Landau
PinocchioJonathan Taylor Thomas
LeonaGeneviève Bujold
LorenziniUdo Kier
FelinetBebe Neuwirth
VolpeRob Schneider
LampwickCorey Carrier
BakerMarcello Magni
Baker's wifeDawn French
TinoGriff Rhys Jones
SchoolmasterJohn Sessions

Crew

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DirectorSteve Barron

Details

Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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