IMDb > Pinocchio's Christmas (1980) (TV)

Pinocchio's Christmas (1980) (TV) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 10 | slideshow) Videos
Pinocchio's Christmas -- Carlo Collodi's most famous puppet creation stars in a musical tale that finds the poor lad Pinocchio conned out of money intended for Papa Gepetto's Christmas gift.


User Rating:
6.8/10   320 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 22% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
View company contact information for Pinocchio's Christmas on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
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 »
User Reviews:
Rankin/Bass Does Pinocchio See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
USA:60 min

Did You Know?

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 »
Movie Connections:
Version of Pinocchio (1971)See more »
Let'em LaughSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Rankin/Bass Does Pinocchio, 26 December 2013
Author: utgard14 from USA

Nope, it's not Disney or anything related to it. This is pure Rankin/Bass. This is one of their least talked-about specials. The story is about Pinocchio's first Christmas and how he basically screws up right and left. It's not one of the better Rankin/Bass Christmas specials, to be honest. I mean the story isn't that interesting to me. I didn't care that much for the characters and the voices, while adequate, didn't win me over. However, it does have some nice songs and the visuals are beautiful. The animation, the colors, the miniature sets are all gorgeous. Such detail. Amazing really. Anyway, it's somewhere in the middle of the pack as far as my ranking of the Rankin/Bass specials would go. But any Rankin/Bass is better than none and this certainly has enough going for it to recommend it.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (8 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Pinocchio's Christmas (1980)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
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
See more »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Pinocchio The Night of the Hunter I Am David The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe The Sound of Music
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Animation section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.