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3 December 1980 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alan King ... 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)
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Directed by
Jules Bass 
Arthur Rankin Jr. 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Carlo Collodi  novel "The Adventures of Pinocchio"
Romeo Muller 

Produced by
Jules Bass .... producer
Arthur Rankin Jr. .... producer
Masaki Îzuka .... associate producer (as Masaki Iizuka)
Original Music by
Maury Laws 
Production Design by
Paul Coker Jr. 
Sound Department
John Curcio .... sound recordist
Animation Department
Senchi Apaki .... animator
Mitsuharu Hirata .... animator
Fuminori Minami .... animator
Shinichi Noro .... animator
Hiroshi Tabata .... animator
Other crew
Lee Dannacher .... production coordinator
Ichirô Komuro .... supervisor: Animagic
Akikazu Kôno .... supervisor: Animagic

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USA:60 min

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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 »
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Fun From Start to Finish, 24 December 2011
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

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.

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