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One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he has to learn to act responsibly. This film shows you the adventures on which he learns valuable lessons. Written by
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[the ride on The Big One leads through a fountain of water, which the boys drink, including Pinocchio, but it leaks out of holes in his body]
Hey, Woody! You're leaking!
I guess some guys just can't hold their water.
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This well-intentioned adaptation of Carlo Collodi's book has its moments but it's all a bit blah. The Pinocchio puppet, brought to life using a mixture of CGI, animatronics and stop-motion animation, is very well realised, and the costumes and cinematography give the movie a sense of class. But there's no real heart here, no sense of wonder. Director Steve Barron doesn't have the visual style necessary for a story like this and pushes his film through the plot as though he's trying to tick off the chapters as quickly as possible.
A missed opportunity, then, but a lot better than the ineptly directed sequel 'The New Adventures of Pinocchio', which features a terrible performance from Udo Kier and a typically sequelish role reversal plot in which Geppetto becomes a puppet. Devoid of inspiration.
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