It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette ... See full summary »

Writers:

(novel),
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An outcast donkey in Roman era Judea with overlong ears finds his destiny on the way to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Roger Miller, Brenda Vaccaro, Paul Frees
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An Irish sailor is stranded on an island full of Leprechauns and soon finds himself aiding them in protecting their gold from a greedy Hag.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Art Carney, Peggy Cass, Bob McFadden
Animation | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When a town learns that Santa Claus has struck it off his delivery schedule due to an insulting letter, a way must be found to change his mind.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Joel Grey, Tammy Grimes, John McGiver
Family | Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Aaron, the drummer boy, struggles to protect a bellmaker's great silver bells from seizure by Roman soldiers.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Greer Garson, Zero Mostel, David Jay
Rudolph's Shiny New Year (TV Movie 1976)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Rudolph must find for Happy, the baby New Year, before midnight, New Year's Eve.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Red Skelton, Frank Gorshin, Morey Amsterdam
Frosty's Winter Wonderland (TV Short 1976)
Animation | Short | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Frosty's kind of lonely, so the kids think of making him a wife, Crystal. But will Jack Frost let them be happy?

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Andy Griffith, Shelley Winters, Dennis Day
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Long ago the Lady Borealis placed the evil Winterbolt under a magic spell, and put the last of her magic into the nose of a newborn reindeer: Rudolph. But now Winterbolt's awake. He gives ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Red Buttons, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney
Jack Frost (TV Movie 1979)
Animation | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The Groundhog tells the story of how, for once, Jack Frost became human, and helped a knight win his lady love.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Buddy Hackett, Robert Morse, Paul Frees
Short | Animation | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young shepherd, Lucas, is blinded by lightening, and some kindly nuns at a nearby abbey take him in. Sister Catherine describes snow to Lucas, who has never seen it. Lucas gets chosen to ... See full summary »

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Angela Lansbury, Cyril Ritchard, David Kelley
Here Comes Peter Cottontail (TV Movie 1971)
Animation | Family | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

With the help of a time machine, Peter Cottontail must rescue Easter from the hands of the malicious Irontail.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Danny Kaye, Paul Frees, Joan Gardner
The Stingiest Man in Town (TV Movie 1978)
Animation | Musical | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr.
Stars: Walter Matthau, Tom Bosley, Theodore Bikel
The Little Drummer Boy (TV Short 1968)
Family | Short | Animation
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An orphan drummer boy who hated humanity finds his life changed forever when he meets three wise men on route to Bethlehem.

Directors: Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin Jr., and 1 more credit »
Stars: José Ferrer, Paul Frees, June Foray
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
Maestro Fire-Eater (voice)
George S. Irving ...
Geppetto (voice)
Bob McFadden ...
Cricket (voice) (as Robert McFadden)
Patricia Bright ...
(voice) (as Pat Bright)
Allen Swift ...
Fox (voice)
Diane Leslie ...
(voice)
Gerry Matthews ...
(voice)
Ray Owens ...
(voice)
Tiffany Blake ...
Child (voice)
Carl Tramon ...
Child (voice)
Alice Gayle ...
Child (voice)
Todd Porter ...
Pinocchio (voice)
Edit

Storyline

It's Pinocchio's first Christmas, and he sells the book Geppetto gives him for present money, but Cat and Fox trick him out of it. So, Pinocchio becomes part of a (Christmas) Marionette show to make present money. He steals a girl puppet when he leaves, and the gendarmes chase him into the Forest of Enchantment. There, he meets Azora, a fairy with a cricket who try to fix Pinocchio's lying and set him on the right track. But then he's sold to a Duke, whom Pinocchio convinces to spend time with his children. And only Santa's reindeer can get Pinocchio home in time for Christmas. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Animation | Family

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 December 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La Navidad de Pinocho  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Allen Swift based Fox's voice off of Sydney Greenstreet. He had used the same voice years earlier for The Invisible Man in _Mad Monster Party? (1967)_qv, also produced by Rankin/Bass. See more »

Connections

Version of The Adventures of Pinocchio (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Knock on Wood
Performed by Todd Porter
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Fun From Start to Finish
24 December 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Pinocchio's Christmas (1980)

*** (out of 4)

Another winning Rankin/Bass animated film has Pinocchio selling a book that Geppetto bought for him so that he can take the money and buy his father a Christmas gift. Along the way he's cheated out of the money by Fox and Cat and soon Pinocchio finds himself in an all new adventure. I really wasn't aware of this film before running into it on television and I must say that this was one of the better Christmas animations that I've seen. I'm a little surprised that the film isn't better known and just looking around it appears that most people haven't heard of the film, which is a shame. As usual, the animation is a major plus as all of the characters look terrific and I really love how much detail they actually put into Pinocchio. The amount of detail they give the character almost looks so good that you forget that it's not some sort of computer generated effect. Another major plus is the actual story that manages to contain some laughs, drama and of course a message for the kids. I enjoyed several of the flashbacks including a wonderful sequence where we see Geppetto getting the wood and carving what would become Pinocchio. With the commercials this here runs an hour but the added running time certainly pays off and the material is so rich that you really could have turned this into a feature-length film and it still would have been entertaining.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Only shown once this year on ABC Family tigersontop
Someone REALLY has to help me on this jbjbcme
Only Shown once this year on ABC Family tigersontop
Discuss Pinocchio's Christmas (1980) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?