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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)

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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Rankin/Bass' most underrated?, 10 February 2013
Author: TheLittleSongbird from United Kingdom

I'd say yes. Not just their most underrated, but I think also one of their better Christmas specials as well. The visuals are gorgeous to look at, the colours just pop out at you in a positive way, there is so much detail in the backgrounds and the characters are incredibly convincing. The music is also spot-on, the scoring is lusciously scored and whimsical and all the songs are upbeat and sweet-natured. The writing has its fair share of funny humour, poignant heart and compelling drama without over-balancing. The story is constantly engaging for anybody, simple but very heartwarming storytelling and never dull. There is also a good message that didn't feel heavy-handed at all. It is also very easy to like the characters, they have personality and they're charming. And I don't think Pinocchio has been any cuter than here. The voice work is terrific. Overall, Rankin/Bass' most underrated special and one of their better ones as well. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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