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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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Another stop-motion holiday treat from Rankin/Bass, 17 November 2001
Author: Joseph Brando from NJ, USA

Filmed in Rankin/Bass's incomparable stop-motion animation technique, "Animagic", this special ranks right up there with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". Tricked by a mean fox and dim-witted cat, Pinocchio loses the money he planned to use to buy Pappa Gepetto a Christmas present (which he obtained by selling the arithmetic book Gepetto bought him). This begins a series of very amusing adventures. The Pinocchio character is so cute in this show....he's very mischievous but very lovable. Character and set designs are among the best from R/B and a great soundtrack thats bursting from the seams with wonderful songs. Another colorful and warm special from R/B.

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